Undergraduate Course: Topics in Global Environmental Change (EASC10022)
|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||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.
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. Contemporary climate change and ongoing global warming
4. Dangerous climate change and extreme weather
5. Future climate change predictions.
6. Stability of ice sheets
The class will meet for a three-hour session, every week, for six weeks during Semester 2 Block 4. 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 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.
Further Course Information
Course Link in PATH: https://path.is.ed.ac.uk/courses/EASC10022_SV1_SB3
Course Link in the Degree Regulations and Programme of Study:
Important Notice: It is Important for student wishing to enrolled to attend the first meeting. Topics for student presentation are assigned during the first meeting. Failing to attend may restrict your choice of topics.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Note to personal tutors: This is an option course.
Environmental Geosciences students taking this as compulsory course should enrol in EASC10050 Global Environmental Change
|Additional Costs|| None.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 3 (Sem 2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 30,
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:
- 70% - 2500 Word Essay
- 30% - Student presentation and class discussion
Important Notice: It is Important for students wishing to enrol to attend the first meeting. Topics for student presentation are assigned during the first meeting. Failing to attend may restrict your choice of topics.
Link to the Extended Common Marking Scheme:
- Essay - Due Thursday 3rd week of April (TBC), 12noon (submit online via Turnitin)
- Student Presentation and Class Discussion - Dates TBC. Presentations take place every week, topics assigned in first meeting. Submit presentation online before presenting.
||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
Examples of feedback can be found here:
|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
- 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.
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|Course organiser||Dr Raja Ganeshram
Tel: (0131 6)50 7364
|Course secretary||Ms Katerina Sykioti
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430