ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND SOCIETY - 2023/4
Module code: ENGM060
This module seeks to provide students with an introduction to the physical and social sciences which underpin sustainable development. The interaction between the physical and social sciences and policy is also explored in the module.
Centre for Environment & Sustainability
CHENOWETH Jonathan (Civl Env Eng)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: F750
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 10
Independent Learning Hours: 100
Lecture Hours: 20
Seminar Hours: 1
Captured Content: 19
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
- ecology and biodiversity,
- thermodynamics of ecosystems and human systems,
- pollution science,
- the science of climate change,
- the science of ozone depletion,
- environmental risk assessment,
- scientific uncertainty and the development processes for environmental policy.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT REPORT COMPLETED IN CLASS||20|
|Coursework||INDIVIDUAL POST-MODULE ASSIGNMENT||80|
If a student fails the environmental risk assessment coursework completed as a group assessment they will be assigned an individual resit coursework.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to conduct research in the scientific literature and thus build upon concepts introduced in the module’s lectures.
The summative assessment for this module consists of:
- Environmental risk assessment report completed during module week (20% of module marks)
- 3000 word individual post-module coursework consisting of short-answer questions (80% of module marks)
The Environmental risk assessment report can be completed as either an individual or group assessment.
Formative assessment and feedback
The Environmental risk assessment report is completed in class, with the module lecturer available throughout the in-class exercise to answer questions and provide formative feedback to students as they prepare their environmental risk assessment report. Following the intensive teaching week, students can prepare a draft answer to one of the short answer questions and then make an appointment with the lecturer to discuss their answer and receive verbal feedback.
- To introduce key theoretical concepts in the physical and natural sciences and discuss their importance for sustainable development;
- To outline the underlying science behind specific environmental problems such as climate change, ozone depletion and biodiversity loss;
- To give an overview of the scientific approaches to diagnosis, analysis and solution of environmental problems;
- To introduce the complex interactions between scientific knowledge, uncertainty and public policy.
|1||Recognise the importance of science to the debates on sustainable development||C|
|2||Be able to articulate the scientific dimensions of policy responses to environmental problems||K|
|3||Be able to identify the complexities of sustainable development inherent in the science / policy interface.||K|
|4||Be able to carry out a basic environmental risk assessment||P|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The teaching and learning strategy is designed to encourage active, problem-based learning. The module will encourage students to explore and critically evaluate theoretical perspectives, and consider their application to case studies.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Lectures and class discussions (20 hours)
- Workshop (10 hours)
- Seminar (1 hour)
- Captured content (19 hours)
- Independent study (100 hours)
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Corporate Environmental Management MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Environmental Strategy MSc||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Sustainable Development MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.