ESC-10061 - Studying the Environment
Coordinator: Adam Moolna Tel: +44 1782 7 34115
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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 module aims to introduce and foster the development of a range of skills and techniques that are relevant to the interdisciplinary study of Environmental Science and Sustainability. It will allow students to develop an awareness of the nature, causes and scope of environmental problems and controversies and an understanding of the various methods, tools and processes that are applied in the search for solutions.

This module provides core grounding in the environmental disciplines and underpins the first year of the Environmental Science, Environment and Sustainability, and Ecology and Conservation degree programmes. It explores case studies tackling a range of environmental issues highlighting the need for an interdisciplinary approach and develops core knowledge, understanding and skills for all environment students. This module aims: to illustrate to students how an understanding of different disciplines is utilized in the study of the environment; to help students develop field and laboratory skills in environmental assessments and research; and to help students develop and gain useful experience of a range of transferable study skills.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

Discuss a range of core environmental issues drawing on different disciplines: 2
Discuss and debate how interdisciplinary approaches work together and/or in tension: 2
Communicate ideas and arguments in a range of written and oral formats (including the use of standard academic requirements such as referencing) and demonstrate competency in a range of skills necessary for successful study in higher education (e.g. numeracy and IT, visual, oral and written communication): 2
Reflect on and evaluate their own learning experience in order to improve the learning experience in future stages of the programme: 2
Successfully employ a range of laboratory, field and desk-based techniques to collect, synthesize, evaluate and present environmental (ecological, chemical, geological, geographic, social) data: 2

Study hours

36 hours lectures or discussion classes (36x 1 hour lectures or discussion classes)
36 hours practicals (12x 3 hour practicals)
78 hours independent study and completion of assignments

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 50%
Portfolio: Essay (1000 words) and Reflective Writing (500 words)
Portfolio (total 1500 words) consisting of: 1000 words essay in answer to the question "What is the biggest environmental, ecological or sustainability problem that society faces and how can we solve this?"; 500 words reflective writing on your learning in semester 1. You will receive one overall grade for the portfolio.

2: Portfolio weighted 50%
Portfolio: Reflective Writing (500 words) and Practical Report (1000 words)
Portfolio (total 1500 words) consisting of: 500 words reflective writing on your learning in semester 2; 1000 words report on your choice of one of the semester 2 practical sessions. You will receive one overall grade for the portfolio.