2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
GEOG3877 Global Environmental Cycles
20 creditsClass Size: 18
Module manager: Prof. Emanuel Gloor
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsGEOG2085 or GEOG2090 or equivalent
|GEOG2085||Ecosystems: process, pattern, and change|
This module is mutually exclusive with
|SOEE3110||Earth System Science: BGC Cyc|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe Earth System is comprised of the atmosphere, oceans, rocks and biota, linked by the constant movement and transformation of biologically important elements, such as carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous. The interactions and feedbacks within and between these cycles determine climate and underpin life. In this module you will gain an understanding of the processes involved in the global cycles of the key bioelements, and how they have changed over time. You will learn how to use a simple numerical model to overcome complexity and look at future scenarios. You will examine the impact of human activity on the cycles, and thus gain an understanding of key modern environmental issues.
ObjectivesTo teach a knowledge of the global cycles of the important bioelements (including carbon, nitrogen, phorphorous, oxygen, iron and sulphur),
To foster an understanding of how global cycles have changed over time.
To foster an understanding of how humans have perturbed global cycles, and the environmental issues arising from that perturbation.
To develop the ability to debate and discuss possible future courses of action.
To develop critical reading and information synthesis skills.
To develop written and verbal communication and teamwork skills.
To develop an understanding of numerical modelling of biogeochemical cycles.
To showcase skills in data collection, analysis and interpretation.
Students will gain a knowledge and understanding of:
The mechanisms and processes involved in the global cycles of a range of important bioelements, including C, N, P, S, Fe and O.
The ways in which humans have impacted those cycles, and the future implications of this.
An understanding of the numerical modelling of global biogeochemical cycles, and the ability to manipulate a simple model to explore future scenarios.
An understanding of how the different global cycles have evolved through time alongside the evolution of life.
An understanding of selected environmental issues.
Collecting and interpreting isotopic data in order to understand past environmental change.
Practical experience how to display and analyse global datasets related element cycling.
This module will develop skills in critical reading, and synthesising information from multiple sources. Group discussions, debates and presentations will develop communication, presentation and teamwork skills, and the ability to construct a persuasive argument. Practical activities will develop numerical modelling, sample analysis, data handling and interpretation skills.
The module will be taught in three blocks as follows.
Block 1: Introduction to global biogeochemical cycles
Block 2: Field and laboratory work - Earth's catastrophes
Block 3: Hands on analysis of global datasets (ocean and atmosphere)
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||156.00|
|Total Contact hours||44.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyPrivate study will include reading of set material after each lecture, and in preparation for class discussions. Additional reading and writing will be required for the two reports, which will arise out of practical sessions and a one-day field trip. Further private study will be required in preparation for the assessed presentation.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackAssessments will be spaced out through the year, with assignments set in both semesters. These will provide some scope for progress monitoring and feedback. In addition, tasks on which formative feedback will be given will be set in both semesters.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Oral Presentation||10 minutes||20.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||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: 30/04/2019
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