2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
SOEE1014 Introduction to Environmental Science
10 creditsClass Size: 60
Module manager: Dr Yim Ling Siu
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2018/19
This module is mutually exclusive with
|SOEE1024||Introduction to Environmental Science (Semester 2)|
|SOEE1460||Env Science for Env Mgmt|
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module runs in Semester 1. It is a web based interdisciplinary module, specifically designed to provide students with a comprehensive background in Environmental Science. It is tailored to meet the need of the students who have either no prior knowledge of or very limited experience on Environmental Science in their previous studies. The aims is to provide the students with the fundamental concepts, theories and knowledge to aid better understanding of the environment and the Earth we all live in. In this module, students study the different physical and biological processes which generate the Earth's environment and which support life as we know it. The module is taught through a purpose built website with one compulsory introduction session which is scheduled in the first teaching week of the semester and a compulsory progress meeting which is scheduled in the 7th week of the semester (see the online module timetable for details – date, time & location). Student attendance of this compulsory introduction session will be monitored. The rest is self-study working through the course materials and completing the online test. This module requires self-discipline and skills in time management. Support is provided through emails or arranged meetings for any problems or inquiries. Just-in-time guidance is also provided to give further support to students (e.g. announcements, deadlines, progression checks, etc.) Student's comments have included: - It was a fantastic module, not too difficult but not easy either, it helped to reinforce the information I was learning in my other modules and taught me new things that helped expand and understand better my knowledge of what our planet is and how everything in it fits together. The learning resources were brilliant, enviroweb is a fantastic way to learn, it's easily accessible, it can be scheduled into your timetable in your own way and it was a joy to use - I have learnt more from this module than any other during my first year - A great deal of information is packed into the diagrams which provides a good foundation for many other modules - It helps being able to follow the course at your own pace and not being restricted to a timetable - Really interesting subject matter.Demonstration program is available at: http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/enviroweb/demos/soee1014/ (Please use Internet Explorer (IE) as the web browser for viewing.)
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students will have a broad-based understanding of the (typically complex) nature of environmental science issues. They will be in a position to recognise threats to environmental sustainability.
They will have developed the skills necessary for independent, self-managed learning, and will have developed an adaptable and flexible approach to study and work.
The module places considerable emphasis on:
- developing the skills necessary for self-managed and lifelong learning (e.g. working independently, time management and organisation skills);
- developing an adaptable and flexible approach to study and work.
The module places moderate emphasis on:
- analysing, synthesising and summarising information critically, including prior research
- receiving and responding to a variety of information sources (e.g. textual numerical, verbal, graphical)
The module places some emphasis on:
- using the Internet critically as a means of communication and a source of information.
1. Our Environment: An exploration of the evolution of the Earth's environment and of the progressive exploitation of environmental resources by humankind
2. Atmosphere: An introduction to its structure, composition, energy and circulation
3. Hydrosphere: An appreciation of the world's water environment
4. Earth: An understanding of the world's geological structure and composition
5. Biosphere: An introduction to the rich diversity of life on Earth: its composition, evolution and interrelationships.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||88.00|
|Total Contact hours||12.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private study88 hours:
- 4 hours per week engagement with purpose-built website covering each of the units listed in the syllabus
- 2 hours per week related reading and consolidation
- 5 hours MCQ tests
- 17 hours revision.
Opportunities for Formative Feedback- Self-administered MCQ tests on each of the units, with diagnostic feedback
- There is just-in-time guidance
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course Assessment||5x Computer-based MCQ tests||0.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||0.00|
Coursework is for formative purposes only.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||1 hr||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 01/08/2018
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