CEG1601 : Earth Systems Science
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Geoffrey Abbott
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
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.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:15||1:15||Closed book exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||12:00||12:00||Revision for exams|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||7:00||7:00||Essay preparation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||1:00||12:00||Lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||59:45||59:45||Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||8||1:00||8:00||Tutorials|
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).
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||60||1||A||40||Closed book. 2 out of 4 questions to be selected.|
|Essay||1||M||60||Choice 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.