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BSc Environmental Science

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Science)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year / programme students should be able to:

- understand and demonstrate coherent and detailed knowledge of a range of complex environmental issues and related environmental scientific research, informed by recent debate and scholarship within the discipline;
- identify and undertake suitable environmental monitoring for improved environmental scientific understanding;
- apply environmental theories and methods to a range of environmental problems operating at local, regional and global scales;
- undertake a substantial piece of independent study and research incorporating aspects of project design, execution and communication.

Transferable (key) skills

On completion of the year / programme, students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme, an applied proficiency in the transferable skills necessary for employment in environmental and other careers, including:

- intellectual skills (for example, demonstrating in-depth conceptual understanding that enables the development of an informed argument and the critical analysis of recent research and scholarship, making appropriate use of scholarly reviews or primary data sources );
- practical skills (including individual project design, with field and laboratory work where applicable to an extended piece of work);
- communication skills (in written, graphic, C&IT and oral forms to display a range of theories or ideas);
- numerical and C&IT skills (data collection, handling and analysis involved in completing an in-depth piece of individual research);
- interpersonal and teamwork skills (for example engaging in group discussion of different scholarly views and debates);
- self-management and professional development skills (through the largely independent nature of study and problem-solving exercises).


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of each module:

- demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects and approaches to environmental science;
- drawing together a wide variety of sources and including analysis of these sources;
- critically evaluating received opinion in light of new information, data or scholarly debate;
- evidencing the ability to conduct independent, in-depth enquiry within the discipline;
- displaying creative thought and personal scholarship.


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