Module Details

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Title INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Code ENVS425
Coordinator Professor RC Chiverrell
Geography and Planning
R.C.Chiverrell@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

To teach techniques of soil and sediment sampling and field description;
To provide examples in the field of how sedimentary deposits can be used for environmental characterisation and reconstruction;
To provide an introduction to various laboratory techniques for analysing soils and sediments;
To provide an introduction to the regional environmental history;
To use a combination of the above to define and execute small research projects;
To provide an overall introduction to recent and past environmental changes, our understanding behind these changes, forcing and feedback mechanisms as well as an overview of recently developed methodological tools for understanding past climates and environments.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Demonstrate the ability to undertake team work in both field and laboratory settings.

(LO2) Employ a range of instrumental techniques for environmental sampling.

(LO3) Evaluate and apply field and laboratory observation for environmental analsyis and reconstruction.

(LO4) Design and undertake an independent research project.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Numeracy

(S3) Teamwork

(S4) Organisational skills

(S5) Communication skills

(S6) IT skills


Syllabus

 

One week residential field-trip;
Lectures on approaches to reconstructing environmental change and an introduction on the fieldclass.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Introductory lecture and data exercises
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Field Work
Description: 5-6 days of local or residential fielddays
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: May include open water research on boats and rafts, and strenuous activity

Teaching Method 3 - Group-work
Description: Data analysis sessions after the fieldclass
Attendance Recorded: Yes


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 6

      60

20

86
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 68
TOTAL HOURS 154

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Individual fieldclass report There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :First Semester      67       
Poster presentation on a fieldclass project (group work) There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule      33       

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