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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 and thoughts on the future.

Teaching 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 which means that students can 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 None. Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Cath Dennis

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • International BSc Foundation Programme (Biological Sciences) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • 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?


Course Description

The content includes
  • Topics in Ecology: Biodiversity, Ecological Resources, Population Ecology, Community Ecology, Ecosystem Functioning.
  • Topics in Environmental Science: Ecosystems and Environment, The Atmosphere and the Oceans, Land Use and the Global Environment, Global Environmental Change - including Climate Change, GMOs, Acid Deposition, Ozone Depletion, Biodegradation of Crude Oils, Waste Management and the Environment.

Further Information & Notes

This course is only open to students following the International BSc Foundation (Biological Sciences) Programme.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One 2-hour MCQ exam (60%) and in-course assessment (40%). To pass this course, a pass must be achieved in both the theory exam and the in-course assessment. Resit: One 2-hour MCQ exam in the same format as the main exam. The resit paper may contain questions pertaining to both the practical and lecture components of the course.

Formative Assessment

There is no formal formative assessment but students will be expected to engage in tutorial-type discussions which will allow them to assess their own understanding of the course content.


The main source of feedback will be regular written comment on practical reports. These comments will be made available to students in advance of the next practical class.

Course Learning Outcomes


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