Humans and the Environment
University of Reading
Area of Study
Agriculture, Environmental Science
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
OverviewModule Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and DevelopmentNumber of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]Level:4Terms in which taught: Spring term modulePre-requisites:Non-modular pre-requisites:Co-requisites:Modules excluded:Module version for: 2016/7Module Convenor: Dr Martin LukacEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgSummary module description:Aims:This module aims to provide the student with a basic understanding of each of the three main components of the natural environment: soils; climate and weather and their role as determinants of habitats and ecological niches. The module also aims to develop an understanding of the human influence on these and of major countryside and environmental issues. These issues are explored through individual study aimed at developing research and report writing skills.Assessable learning outcomes:By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:- Describe and explain the main components of the natural environment.- Discuss the influence of human activity on the natural environment and explain how negative impacts can be reduced.- Describe how conditions and resources can influence organisms and their interactions.- Explain the importance of ecosystem goods and services, and their valuation.- Evaluate techniques for managing a range of wildlife populations in Britain.- Identify, obtain and synthesise relevant literature on a major countryside and environmental issue.- Explain and report findings on a major countryside and environmental issue.Additional outcomes:Outline content:The module starts with an overview of the natural environment and identifies its main components. Each of these is then studied in turn. The main factors determining weather and climate are studied, including the causes and likely impacts of climate change. The module then focuses on the ecological principles governing the interactions and distribution of species. The study of soils includes their composition and properties with examples of major soil processes and human influences. The final sessions explore the importance of ecosystem services and the monitoring of biodiversity, the management of wildlife populations in Britain, and how humans can mitigate and adapt to environmental change.Brief description of teaching and learning methods:There will normally be two 50 minute lectures per week. Project work involves researching an environmental issue.Contact hours:SpringLectures 20Guided independent study 80Total hours by term 100.00Total hours for module 100.00Summative Assessment Methods:Method-PercentageWritten Exam 70Report 30Requirements for a pass:A mark of 40% overall for undergraduates and 50% overall for postgraduates.
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