THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2009/2010
Earth Surface Systems (U03237)
The course will provide a foundation level of knowledge of several key components of the earth system (atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere). The systems concept will underpin this, with an emphasis on interactions between the different subsystems and an introduction to the human impact on these. The significance of spatial and temporal scale will be introduced.
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? Normal year taken : 1st year
? Contact Teaching Time : 3 hour(s) per week for 10 weeks
? Other Required Attendance : 2 hour(s) per week for 10 weeks
First Class Information
All of the following classes
1 of the following 3 classes
? Additional Class Information : Tutorials and Practical sessions at times to be arranged.
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you should be equipped to:
* Recognise the scope and relevance of earth surface systems;
* Understand the key processes driving the earth-atmosphere system and the shaping of landscapes;
* Appreciate the significance of changes in these systems, interactions between them and the influence of human activity, especially in relation to global climate change;
* Abstract and synthesis information from a variety of sources, including electronic sources;
* Develop and present reasoned arguments in both oral and written presentations; and
* Demonstrate basic competency in the use of IT for handling data on the physical environment.
Practical exercises (40%) and degree exam (60%).
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Mrs Catherine Campbell
Dr Simon Mudd
School Website : http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.scieng.ed.ac.uk/