Global Opportunities

GEO1022 : Environmental Issues (Semester 2 for Exchange Students)

Semester 2 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 natural global 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.       Human-biosphere interactions
3.       Environmental degradation: global environmental change, pollution, waste
4.       Natural resource security: terrestrial and water resources
5.       Human – environment interactions; the Anthropocene

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 LearningStructured research and reading activities41:004:00Supports coursework Ass.; includes pre-meeting prep and meeting(s) of student group. Can do remotely
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00In-person coursework surgery. Can be delivered online if required.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study184:0084:00N/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 the media. 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. Problem-based learning exercises will be used to support the lecture materials, encourage engagement with the scientific literature, and develop teamwork, data presentation and study skills.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination602M45Canvas quiz
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
GEO1005Environmental Issues2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M55Group exercise (formative) and individual report 750 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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

The practical/lab report is based on group and individual work and will be assessed with a 750-word individual report in response to the environmental problem set out for the students.

Reading Lists