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CEG1601 : Earth Systems Science

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To challenge students to think holistically about Earth as a global environmental system by examining important matter and energy fluxes. This will require the use of basic algebra to describe the phenomena.
To equip students to tackle more advanced environmental concepts with an element of chemistry and physics and to describe environmental systems quantitatively.
An introduction to the physical environment at the global scale, with a consideration of the important interactions with the biosphere.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Global Systems, topics to be covered include: The Earth's core/mantle/crust, the atmosphere, the oceans, the biosphere.

2. Transport, topics to be covered include: global cycling of material (e.g., water) and elements (e.g., carbon).

3. Matter, topics to be covered include: conservation of matter, chemical reactions, biologically mediated transformations.

4. Energy, topics to be covered include: solar energy (radiation, latent and sensible heat) and climate.

5. Homeostasis, topics to be covered include: positive and negative feedback, climate change and global warming.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:151:15Closed book exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Revision for exams
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion17:007:00Essay preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion159:4559:45Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Tutorials
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce core information (linked directly to all Intended Knowledge Outcomes). Small group teaching (tutorials) is designed to put this information into context of “real world examples”, and to apply information to solving explicit problems, encouraging a deeper understanding of gained core information and further reading (linked directly to Intended skills and Knowledge Outcomes).

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A40Closed book. 2 out of 4 questions to be selected.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M60Choice of topic related to global climate change (approx. 1000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay will introduce students to focused literature search, and the extraction and formulation of key information in written form (linked directly to Intended skills and Knowledge Outcomes). Written exam will test knowledge gained from lectures.

Reading Lists

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