Undergraduate Course: Global Environmental Change (EASC10050)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Note to PT's: This is a compulsory course for Environmental Geosciences degree. Other students can take this course as an option by enrolling in EASC10022 Topics in Global Environmental Change
This is a student-seminar based course, discussing hot topics in Global Environmental Change. These topics will be introduced by the lecturer, read about by all students, using recent articles in the literature, then will form the basis for student seminars and general group discussion.
The first meeting will take place in Semester 2, Week 5, Wednesday between 11:10 to 12:00 hrs to introduce the course and to sign up students for presentation topics. Subsequently, the class will meet for a three-hour session, every Wednesday, 9:00-12:00 for six weeks during Semester 2 Block 4. Each week, a staff member will give a brief introduction to a topic, highlighting some of the key issues that remain to be fully resolved. They will provide a list of sub-topics, along with a reading list of papers for each. Students will then volunteer to present a 15-minute presentation on each of the sub-topics (one sub-topic each). Topics will be assigned to students on a first-come-first-serve basis during the first meeting and a limit will be imposed on the number of presentations every week so that an even distribution of student talks is achieved every week and all topics are covered sufficiently. The student seminars will act as the platform for a general class discussion. Students are expected to initiate discussion by asking questions and contribute to the discussion by what they understood by reading the papers. The staff members will fill in where and when necessary. At the end of the session, a staff member will introduce the following week's topic.
Themes will vary with year, depending on what is topical. Examples of topics from past years are as follows.
1. Climate stability and climate change on geologic timescales.
2. Recent climate variability
3. What caused the glacial-interglacial changes in CO2?
4. Mechanisms of abrupt climate change.
5. Contemporary climate change and ongoing global warming.
6. Dangerous climate change and extreme weather
7. Future climate change predictions.
8. Stability of ice sheets.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 3 (Sem 2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 12,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam: 0%, Course Work: 100 %, Practical Exam: 0%.
Course work marks are split as follows:
50% - 2500 Word Essay
30% - Student presentation and class discussion
20% - Oral exam
||Feedback provided on student seminar presentations during the course and in addition students are encouraged to discuss essay topics they choose with lecturer who are experts in that area
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- To develop a critical understanding of the science underpinning Global Environmental Change, the principal agents and mechanisms that drive environmental change, and the limitations in specific methodology used in studying them.
- To help further develop the student's skills in critical assessment of scientific literature so that they are able to critically identify and analyse complex problems.
- To help develop a student's presentation skills and to practise making formal presentations about specialised topics to an informed audiences.
- The essay assessment will give students the opportunity to critically review and consolidate their understanding of a specialised topic and offer professional level insights.
|Provided through Learn|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||GEC_Global Environmental Change
|Course organiser||Dr Raja Ganeshram
Tel: (0131 6)50 7364
|Course secretary||Miss Eilein Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430