School of Environment


Environmental Science courses

Environmental Science courses are primarily used in the BSc degree, although the stage one paper is also available in the general education schedule.

The course descriptions will help you to choose courses that are of interest to you, as well as indicating specific lecturers and tutors with whom you may consult further.

Our programme features five core courses and one elective course designed to introduce you to interdisciplinary Environmental Science. Each course is taught by a team of staff who teach from their research-based knowledge. Field experience is an important part of the programme. The programme of courses explores the potential for developing science for effective environmental management.

 

Please note: the letter 'G' in the course numbers below indicates that the course is also offered as a general education course.

 

Timetable information

Please be aware any timetable information provided on this page is for general guidance and times are subject to change. While we endeavour to keep this as up to date as possible, students should NOT base their enrolment on any timetable information provided below. All students must check on SSO (Student Services Online) as this contains the latest and most accurate timetable information.

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ENVSCI 101/101G: Environment, Science and Management


This course explores the science behind key environmental issues to recognise the role environmental science plays in understanding the interaction between humans and the environment. The complexity of environmental problems and the difficult task of integrating science, knowledge and values are discussed.

This course is taught in: Second Semester, City Campus (S2 C)

Format: three 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Points: 15
Assessment: 50% coursework (test 25%, assignments 25%), 50% final examination
Course coordinator: tba


ENVSCI 101/101G: Environment, Science and Management
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ENVSCI 201: Natural and Human Environmental Systems


An examination of current environmental issues in coupled natural and human systems such as urban environments.  Interactions among biological, physical and social processes are discussed and means of measuring and managing the environmental outcomes of their interactions are addressed.

This course is taught in: First Semester, City Campus (S1 C)

Format: three 1-hour lectures per week, plus a one 1-hour laboratory
Points: 15
Assessment: 70% coursework, 30% final examination
Preparation: At least 45 points at Stage 1
Course coordinator:
Luitgard Schewendenmann

ENVSCI 201: Natural and Human Environmental Systems
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ENVSCI 203: Discovering Environmental Modelling


An introduction to the philosophy and use of models in the study of a range of environmental systems, including coastal, ecological, fluvial, atmospheric. Students will develop skills in designing, communicating and critically assessing models of the environment.

This course is taught in: Second Semester, City Campus (S2 C)

Format: three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour lab per week
Points: 15
Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% final examination
Preparation: STATS 101 or 108, or equivalent
Course coordinator: 
Giovanni Coco

ENVSCI 301: Environmental Science and Decision Making


Advances, trends, and challenges in environmental science, technology, and policy are explored using real-world case studies. Students apply an in-depth understanding of environmental science and assess how science is used in decision making.

This course is taught in: First Semester, City Campus (S1 C)

Format: one 2-hour and one 1-hour lecture per week, plus a field trip; please check the course website and course outline for details and confirmation
Points: 15
Assessment: 40% coursework (two assignments worth 20% each), 60% final examination
Preparation: ENVSCI 201 or equivalent
Course coordinator: 
Sam Trowsdale

ENVSCI 301: Environmental Science and Decision Making
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ENVSCI 303: Environmental science, risk and society


An examination of the contemporary topics that shape the ways in which environmental science may be communicated and understood. Topics of discussion include issues of scientific uncertainty, risk communication, public trust and the role of media.

This course is taught in: Second Semester, City Campus (S2 C)

Format: three 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Points: 15
Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% final examination
Course coordinator: Susan Owen

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