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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE2800 Environmental Measurements

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Ian Burke
Email: I.T.Burke@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Module replaces

SOEE2700

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module will prepare students for a significant research activity such as their Level 3 research project. The module will present techniques and theory behind experimental planning, sampling, measuring, analysing and interpreting data. The aim is to give a coherent training all the way from experimental design through to presentation of findings. Students will learn how to design and implement scientific experiments, how to analyse the data they collect, to draw inferences, and how to write a report on their experiment. Students will have an opportunity to gain practical, hands on, experience of how environmental data is produced, analysed, interpreted and reported.

Objectives

Building on skills developed at Level 1, this module aims to provide all Level 2 Environmental Science students with a coherent and consistent training in skills needed for collecting, analysing and interpreting environmental data. The module provides the opportunity to undertake field and laboratory techniques relevant for future careers in Environmental Science.

Learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate field-based, practical and research skills including observation, analysis, measurement, synthesis and integration/assimilation of information
2. Demonstrate an understanding of key chemical and physical measurement techniques for water, soil and the air, and their application in environmental sciences
3. Recognise how precision, accuracy and uncertainty are involved in sample collection, analysis and recording of data
4. Critically appraise these analytical approaches in the application of environmental monitoring with attention to the validation of environmental measurements through sampling strategies and quality control.
5. Apply skills learnt in this module to plan and present a scientific report


Syllabus

• Planning a sampling strategy
• Awareness of logistics, ethics, risk assessment
• Precision, accuracy and uncertainty
• Collection of data and analysis of samples in the field
• Range of laboratory analysis of soil, water and atmospheric samples - practice and theory
• Technical/professional report writing

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session51.005.00
Fieldwork27.5015.00
Lecture221.0022.00
Practical52.0010.00
Independent online learning hours6.00
Private study hours142.00
Total Contact hours52.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

• Preparation for fieldwork and practicals
• Independent reading
• Preparation of project report
• Revision

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

2 x workbooks filled in during field and lab work. Marked by demonstrators.
Drop-in sessions to provide feedback and help on populating report templates for Project Report. Led by staff and supported by demonstrators.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/03/2021 10:51:06

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