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Course Overview

This course will take you on a journey through the physical workings of the Earth, the interactions between species and their environments and then on to the effects humans are having on the planet, potential solutions and thoughts on the future.

Teaching is by staff with different subject specialisms who give both variety and immediacy to course material.

Exposure to the problems we are facing both now and in the future will help you make informed choices in their everyday lives.

A range of ‘wet’ and computer-based practicals enhance the classroom teaching and develop generic scientific skills.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study Yes
  • Cath Dennis

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.

Course Description

The study of ecological and environmental issues requires us to integrate information from many different subject areas. This course is designed to give you an introduction to how the Earth functions, in terms of both geography and biology, and then goes on to look at current issues that are affecting those functions. An exciting multidisciplinary approach, combining key topics from biology, ecology, environmental science and the earth sciences will provide a solid foundation for futher study in any of these areas. By the end of the course, students should have

- a sound basic knowledge of how an integrated approach to studying topics from biology, chemistry, ecology and environmental science contributes towards an understanding of how terrestrial and marine systems are sustained.

- an appreciation of important spatial and temporal aspects of ecology and environmental science and why these are important to the management of natural systems.

- an ability to carry out and report on basic experimental measurements and data analysis pertaining to aspects of ecology and environmental science.

Associated Costs

Course practicals require the use of a lab coat which can be purchased locally. GBP 15.00

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Practical during University weeks 32, 34
  • 3 Seminars during University weeks 26 - 35, 39

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

(i) Lab reports x 5, total 50% - one group assessment, the rest individual
(ii) Lecture-based tests x 5 total 10%
(iii) End of term online test 40%



Resit of any failed element


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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