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Module

GEO1005 : Environmental Issues

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nick Cutler
  • Lecturer: Dr Louise Callard, Dr Andrew Henderson, Dr Maarten van Hardenbroek van Ammerstol
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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. Ecological principles, conservation management
3. Environmental degradation: global environmental change, pollution, waste
4. Natural resource security: terrestrial and water resources, energy
5. Climate change: Earth's climate system, past present and future climate change
6. Human societies: human population, ancient civilisations, geopolitics

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Online, synchronous
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:00Pre-recorded lectures in Canvas; online, asynchronous
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1147:00147:00Online, asynchronous
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity34:0012:00Formative exercises to scaffold coursework Assessments 2 & 3; online, asynchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery51:005:002 online, synchronous (Sem 1); 3in-person (Sem 2): Coursework surgery
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:001 online, synchronous (Sem 1); 3 in-person (Sem 2) - Coursework feedback
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity24:008:00For Assessments 2 & 3; includes pre-meeting preparation and meeting(s)
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GEO1021Environmental Issues (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)
GEO1022Environmental Issues (Semester 2 for Exchange Students)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The 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. Three coursework exercises - 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination601M25Computer Aided Exam
PC Examination602M25Computer Aided Exam
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
GEO1021Environmental Issues (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)1N/A
GEO1022Environmental Issues (Semester 2 for Exchange Students)2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M15Individual 250 words
Practical/lab report1M5Group 300 words
Practical/lab report2M30Group and Individual 750 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Case study1Mnot more than 150 words
Written exercise1Mnot more than 150 words
Case study2Mnot more than 150 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The computer assessed exams test understanding of key concepts used throughout the course. The exams comprise 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 individual and group work and will be assessed with reports (250, 300 and 750 words, respectively) in response to the environmental problems 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

Timetable