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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 None. Sustained Study Yes
  • Mrs 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?

  • BI1509 Ecology and Environmental Science (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


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 for £15

Further Information & Notes

This course runs weeks 25-35 (second half session)

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

1 two-hour MCQ exam (40%) and in-course assessment (60%).


Similar to first attempt, with continuous assessment marks and/or exam mark carried forward and an opportunity to complete either an appropriate alternative piece of coursework or a resit exam, or both, depending on what was failed in the first attempt.

Formative Assessment

Students have an opportunity to engage in discussions with other students, staff and demonstrators during practical classes which allows them to assess and clarify their own understanding of the course content and appraise their own practical performance.


The main source of feedback will be regular written comments on practical reports and the results of regular online tests.

Course Learning Outcomes


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