Undergraduate Course: Global Change (GEGR08011)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course examines the dynamics of the Earth System, paying particular attention to the concepts of the systems, thresholds, feedbacks, sensitivity and fragility. We explore the importance of past events in understanding the present, and vice versa.
This course is open to all university students, although priority is given to students on the Geography degree programme, other GeoSciences degrees and Sustainable Development.
This course examines the dynamics of ecosystems and the environment from local to global scales. In the course we focus on 1) understanding the drivers of environmental change from decades to millennia; 2) the responses of Polar, Temperate and Tropical regions to environmental change and their roles in further reinforcing change to both climate and ecosystems; 3) human-environment interactions and 4) methods and concepts that enable you to interpret environmental change. We examine the concepts of systems, thresholds, feedbacks, sensitivity and fragility, and how this relates and aids our understanding of environmental change. We examine the importance of past events in understanding of environmental change and explore the importance of past events in understanding the present and future.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework: 50%, Exam: 50%
Coursework: Degree essay (2000 words max): 40%
Class mark: 10% (based on tutorial assignments and tutorial attendance)
Exam: 20 multiple choice questions, 6 short answer questions and 2 long answer questions
Students are required to pass both the degree essay and exam to pass the course.
Tutorial assignments (formative): Weeks 3, 6 and 10
Degree Essay (summative): Week 8
||Feedback is provided at multiple stages. Students submit tutorial assignments, and receive feedback on each piece of work they submit. Tutorial assignments cover written work, oral presentations and group work. There is a tutorial specifically on exam revision to familiarise students with the structure and style of the exam. Students receive detailed feedback on the degree essay.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the scope of environmental sensitivity and change and the diversity of scientific approaches to examining past, present and future environmental change;
- Be able to assess and analyse drivers of environmental change across Polar, Temperate and Tropical Regions;
- Discuss the merits and shortcomings of major concepts and theories and evidence presented in support of these;
- Develop reasoned arguments incorporating evidence and literature across an interdisciplinary research field;
- Take responsibility for learning via assigned reading, literature research and the preparation of class work and the degree essay
|There is no text for this course- the content covered in the course is broad. The best, most appropriate, up to date and relevant information is to be found in the form of scientific papers and book chapters that will be provided throughout the course. Essential readings will be posted online the week before each lecture they are associated with. A list of additional but not essential readings will also be provided.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the scope and main areas of environmental sensitivity and change, and the scientific approaches to principle issues within the focus of the course.
Students will also be able to demonstrate an ability to acquire and apply specialist knowledge.
Finally, students will be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
|Keywords||environmental change,global change
|Course organiser||Dr Eva Panagiotakopulu
Tel: (0131 6)50 2531
|Course secretary||Miss Carry Arnold
Tel: (0131 6)50 9847