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Module Code: ENV205
Module Title: Environmental Change: Past, Present and Future
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Environmental Science
Pre-requisites: N/A
   
Aims
To introduce students to the causes and timescales of climate change,

To introduce students to different methods of examining and dating landscape evolution as a response to Quaternary climate change,

To discuss and debate the relationships between humans and environmental change on short, medium and long timescales.

Learning outcomes 
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Describe, and critically evaluate, the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of proxy records that are available for reconstructing Quaternary climate change

2. Recognise the significant role of environmental change in the development of human society on short, medium and long timescales

3. Assess the nature of recent, current and future climate and environmental change, and understand the vulnerability of modern society to climate and environmental change

4. Undertake laboratory analysis of ecological records of environmental change and present an interpretation of a range of data in an appropriate environmental change context

Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures and practicals
Syllabus 
1. Introduction: The past is the key to the future (setting the context)

2. How do we study the past Dating techniques

3. How do we study the past Deep-sea sediment record.

4. How do we study the past High latitude ice sheets

5. How do we study the past Lake sediments analysis

6. How do we study the past Biological records of environmental change

7. How do we study the past Chinese Loess Plateau

8. Past climatic variability: The last glacial-interglacial cycle and Milankovitch cycles

9. The Anthropocene –the context of past environmental change and human impacts on the landscape.

10. Deforestation and desertification

11. Is modern climate change driven by humans, or naturalbr>
12. Predicted climate change scenarios –what do they mean for Chinabr>
13. How do we predict future climate change scenariosbr>

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26       8    116  150 

Assessment

Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Examination 60.00
2 Data Analysis Exercises 40.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 10/22/2017 9:36:52 PM