Global Opportunities

GEO1021 : Environmental Issues (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module introduces key concepts in geography, earth science and environmental science. It encourages reflection on the natural and human processes affecting - and affected by - the global natural environment. Strategies for prevention and mitigation of a range of environmental issues will be presented.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Environmental issues: overview of environmental science and Earth’s physical system
2.       Climate Change: earth’s climate system, past, present, and future climate change
3.       Environmental degradation: global environmental change, pollution, waste
4.       Natural resource security: terrestrial and water resources
5.       Human societies: human population, ancient civilisations, geopolitics

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Present in person. Can be delivered in pre-recorded format if required
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials21:002:00Pre-recorded lectures in Canvas
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities22:004:00Formative exercises to scaffold coursework Assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Coursework surgery. Can be delivered virtually if required.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity14:004:00For Ass. 2; includes pre-meeting prep and student group meeting(s). Can conduct remotely if required
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study179:0079:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GEO1005Environmental Issues
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching is mainly delivered via comprehensive, well-illustrated and up-to-date lectures, backed by widely available texts, and by use of media sources. This delivers a new intellectual milieu, and new ways of thinking (e.g., the ecosystem concept, the Anthropocene), but also new responsibilities to take a critical approach to science/society interaction. Two coursework assessments – in the form of problem-based learning exercises - will be used to reinforce the lecture content, encourage engagement with the scientific literature, and develop study and team-working skills. The coursework assessments will be supported by short, formative assessments (undertaken as guided independent study).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination601A50Canvas quiz
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
GEO1005Environmental Issues1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M40Individual report 800 words
Practical/lab report1M10Group work 300 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MN/A
Written exercise1MN/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The computer assessed exam tests understanding of key concepts used throughout the course. The exam comprises a variety of short-format question types, to test knowledge, understanding and application of the material covered by the module.

The problem-based learning and practical lab reports are based on group and individual work and will be assessed with two short reports (300 words for the group work, 800 words for the individual report) in response to the environmental problem set out for the students.

The formative exercises support the coursework components and allow students to a) consolidate their learning with real-life examples; b) gain awareness of the broader implications of the course; c) develop independent research skills.

Reading Lists