Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng
Short Name: SE2M13
Module Co-ordinator: CHENOWETH JL Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15
Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Short course / Autumn Semester
Components of Assessment
• To outline the underlying science behind specific environmental problems such as climate change, ozone depletion and biodiversity loss;
• To give an overview of the scientific approaches to diagnosis, analysis and solution of environmental problems;
• To introduce the complex interactions between scientific knowledge, uncertainty and public policy.
Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
• Understand the importance of science to the debates on sustainable development;
• Identify the scientific aspects of specific environmental problems;
• Articulate the scientific dimensions of policy responses to environmental problems;
• Understand the complexities for sustainable development inherent in the science / policy interface.
Science and the environment, thermodynamics of ecosystems and human systems, ecology and biodiversity, human population issues, pollution science, the science of climate change, the science of ozone depletion, scientific approaches to environmental risk, the precautionary principle, and environmental policy
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures, tutorials, group exercises, case studies, pre and post course study.
Total student learning time 150 hours.
Recommended background reading Sent out as pre-reading
17 August 2009
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