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Undergraduate Environmental Sciences 2021-2022

EV3001: GLOBAL SOIL GEOGRAPHY

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

Field based course that takes you across northeast Scotland exploring an ancient tropical rainforest, hill farming in action, survey techniques and soil formation.

Lectures focus on how soils form, how soils work, soil classification, soil as part of the environment, human impacts on soil, and the use of mapping and soil data to optimise the management of this fragile resource.

Your assessments are geared towards developing practical skills. This includes a presentation on a particular soil that requires research akin to detective work, a quiz on soil classification and a critical essay on a selected topic.

EV3802: ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

·         The mixture of applied science and theoretical work places you in an valuable position for understanding the procedures and applications in modern environmental science

·         A number of laboratory classes allows you to familiarise yourself with the current analytical instrumentation in environmental science

·         The course uses examples of environmental issues allowing you to understand the problem, how the analysis was conducted and the implications of the results

The main assessment in this course is a practical write up that is written in the style of a scientific paper giving you an opportunity to perfect this style of writing

EV4501: REMEDIATION TECHNOLOGY

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

Case studies of contaminated land and the science underlying the remediation strategy employed provides you a broad understanding of the sources, fates, effects and assessment of pollutants.

Lectures covering legislation for the assessment and treatment of contaminated lands develop your understanding of how and why techniques are applied.

Online course material provides scope for independent study and pursuit of specialized knowledge.

Coursework designed to replicate tasks that one would encounter in an environmental consultancy provide you with transferrable, employability skills. 

EV4802: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

Structured sessions provide background information about the origins and development of EIA, and how the process is implemented in the UK and elsewhere. Visiting speakers provide practitioner perspectives on the role of EIA in development decisions.
Workshop sessions focus on case studies providing insights into the issues that arise, as well as providing an opportunity to develop transferrable skills valued by employers, such as team-working, time-management, presentation and critical appraisal.
Through an EIA report you investigate a proposed development in depth to identify likely environmental effects, judge their significance, and propose how they should be assessed and mitigated.

EV4803: ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

Students examine why and how management plans are created for conservation and other sites. Field work in a multiple use site is followed by data analysis, practical tasks and writing which all provide the training required to construct a management plan.

Structured practical sessions provide experience with spreadsheets, ArcGIS and other technical software, and increase your confidence in data handling and analysis.

The main assignment in the form of a management plan allows you to demonstrate your skills aimed at a professional standard.

The mixture of science and management offers you a unique range of skills required by employers.

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