Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
The Earth¿s environment has been constantly changing throughout the history of the planet, and continuing change will have a serious impact on human activity. However, our understanding of how the environment changes is incomplete, and thus our ability to predict and adapt to future change is limited. This module aims to examine the key issues and debates surrounding global environmental change throughout the Quaternary period. In particular, it aims to highlight the relationships between global environmental change and the characteristics of the Earth's surface processes and landscapes, and to recognise the contested and limited nature of knowledge in this very dynamic subject.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/esc-30018/lists
This module aims to examine the key issues and debates about global environmental change. In particular, it aims to highlight the relationships between global environmental change and the characteristics of the Earth's surface processes and landscapes, and to recognise the contested and limited nature of knowledge in this very dynamic subject.
Intended Learning Outcomes
critically evaluate the literature surrounding key issues and debates in global environmental change: 1,2explain how past climate and environments are reconstructed using their knowledge of Quaternary Science methods: 1,2select, analyse and interpret Quaternary Science data to produce a reconstruction of past environmental change: 1critique the role of climate upon the Earth's physical landscape and processes: 1,2appraise the role of humans and nature in past, modern and future climate scenarios: 2debate the contested and limited nature of knowledge in the discipline of global environmental change: 1,2
Teaching sessions (lectures/practicals) - 24 hoursAdditional Assessment Workshops - 2 hoursGuided independent study (including coursework preparation) - 124 hours
1: Paper weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Report in style of journal manuscriptThis assessment is a report in the form of a journal manuscript (~2,500 words comprising an abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion and reference list) which will address an aspect of Quaternary Science reconstruction (topic areas will be provided). Students will use geochronology and proxy data (either from an accessible source such as the NOAA website, or from data released on the KLE) to produce a Quaternary Science reconstruction paper which will be underpinned by a thorough literature review and discussion/interpretation section. The report will require engagement with the literature and promote critical thinking through contextualisation of their data with other studies. The methods section will improve understanding of Quaternary Science techniques and the results section will engage the student in data analysis skills which will help address the identified data management/numeracy skill gaps within the Environment sector (NERC LWEC report, 2012).2: Essay weighted 50%
EssayEssay of around 2,500 words which explores a key question in Quaternary Science and climate change.