ESC-10048 - The Earth System
Coordinator: Stuart S Egan Room: WSF29 Tel: +44 1782 7 33174
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

This Year 1 module provides an overview and considers interactions between the Earth's major systems, including the solid earth (geosphere), biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere, and how they combine in terms of their physical, geochemical and environmental processes. It also helps students gain useful experience of a range of employability skills within a geoscience context.

To provide an overview and consider interactions between all of the Earth's major systems, including the geosphere, atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

demonstrate knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles associated with all of the Earth's major systems: 1,2,3,4
understand and evaluate the role of society on global change as well as have an appreciation of the need for the sustainable use of natural resources: 1,2,3,4
further develop their IT and writing skills through practical work and coursework assignments: 1,2,3
show knowledge and understanding of the relationships between past, present and future changes on Earth and their relationship to perturbations of its Systems and interactions between Systems: 1,3,4

Study hours

- Lectures 18 hours
- Practical classes 9 hours
- Private study/completion of coursework/revision 123 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Computer Task weighted 30%
PowerPoint Exercise
Development of a standalone computer-based presentation on a selected Earth Systems topic

2: Computer Task weighted 10%
Spreadsheet exercises
Spreadsheet based exercises on system analysis diagrams

3: Review weighted 30%
Review article
750-1000 word review article on a selected Earth Systems topic (e.g. climate change, mass extinctions).

4: Class Test weighted 30%
KLE short answer/MCQ test
End of semester short answer/multiple choice test administered via the KLE and taking approximately one-hour to complete.