Undergraduate Course: Earth Surface Systems (GESC08001)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None.
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| At the end of the course, you should have a broad understanding and therefore be equipped to:
1. Recognise the scope and relevance of earth surface systems
2. Understand the key processes driving the earth-atmosphere systems and the shaping of landscapes
3. Appreciate the significance of changes in these systems, interactions between them and the influence of human activity, especially in relation to global climate change.
4. Synthesise the key concepts and ideas in this field
5. Develop and present reasoned arguments in both oral and written presentations to a variety of audiences
6. Demonstrate basic competency in the use of IT for processing and obtaining data on the physical environment
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||3 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s). Tutorials and Practical sessions at times to be arranged.
|Course organiser||Prof Simon Mudd
Tel: (0131 6)51 9090
|Course secretary||Ms Beth Muir
Tel: (0131 6)51 1513