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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: F700
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : D*DD
Lecture

Module details

Programme Year One

All routes are required to take the following modules:

ENVS103: Study Skills

ENVS111: Climate, Atmosphere & Oceans

ENVS158: Introduction to Marine Biogeochemistry

Oceanography route

Required Modules:

ENVS117: Maths and Physics for Environmental Scientists

ENVS120: Experiments in Physical Geography 1

ENVS153: Environmental Chemistry

ENVS122: Marine Ecosystems: Diversity, processes and threats

Optional Modules:

ENVS118: Introduction to sedimentary, rocks and fossils

ENVS119: Living with Environmental Change

ENVS121: Marine Biology: Life in the Seas and Oceans

ENVS157: Ecology and Conservation

PHYS107/PHYS108: Mathematics for Physicists 1 and 2

Physics route

Required Modules:

PHYS107: Maths for Physicists I

PHYS101: Newtonian Dynamics

PHYS102: Thermal Physics

PHYS108: Maths for Physicists II

PHYS103: Wave Phenomena

Chemistry route

Required modules:

CHEM130: Introductory Organic Chemistry

CHEM170: Introductory Spectroscopy

CHEM111: Introductory Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM152: Introductory Physical Chemistry

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Study Skills (ocean Sciences) (ENVS103)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. To train students to make observations, collect and record data using basic oceanographic and meterological equipment.

    2. ​To improve students'' oral and written communication skills, including their ability to reference correctly. 
    3. ​To improve students'' numerical skills, specifically in statistics.
    4. To enthuse students about ocean sciences through reading and discussing topics selected for oral presentation.
    Learning Outcomes​ Write an essay and reference correctly.​Quantitatively summarise, synthesise and interpret data collected during fieldwork.  ​Communicate effectively to their peers
  • Climate, Atmosphere and Oceans (ENVS111)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    Introduce the climate system, the atmosphere and ocean:

    • Address how the climate system varies and how climate is controlled by radiative forcing;
    • How the structure of the atmosphere is determined and how the atmosphere circulates;
    • How the structure of the ocean is determined and how the ocean circulates;
    • How the atmosphere and ocean vary together.
    • How the past state of the climate system is affected by the ocean circulation
    Learning Outcomes

    1. Knowledge and Understanding
     

    a. Understand how physical processes operate within the climate system, the atmosphere and the ocean.

    b. Appreciate the complexity of the climate system, the effect of radiative forcing, the concept of feedbacks, how rotation affects the circulation; the differences between currents and waves.

    c. Gain awareness of the similarities and differences between the atmosphere and ocean.​

    2. Intellectual Abilities
     

    a. To be able to evaluate the relative importance of different physical processes in the climate system

    b. To develop critical skills in transferring insight gained from one problem to another problem, such as how the atmosphere circulates from one planet to another planet.​

    3. Subject Based Practical Skills
     

    a. Perform simple order of magnitude calculations and make inferences from the results.

    b. Understand the use of dimensions.​

    ​​​​​​

    4. General Transferable Skills
     

    a. Application of numbers, involving order of magnitudes and dimensions.

    b. Time management.

    c. Problem solving.​

  • Introduction to Marine Biogeochemistry (ENVS158)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
    1. To introduce students to marine chemistry of the major and trace elements.
    2. To demonstrate the dynamic relationship between the chemical ocean environment and biological processes.
    3. To identify the main ocean basins and main oceanic transport routes of chemical species
    4. To teach the necessary practical skills for oceanographic sampling and measurement of chemical species.
    Learning Outcomes1. Students will be able to identify ocean basins, their major characteristics and transport pathways.

    2. Students will gain knowledge of the sources and distributions of major and minor elements in the ocean, including dissolved gases, nutrients and carbon.​

    3. Students will understand the chemical and biological processes that control the distribution of major and minor elements including dissolved gases, nutrients and carbon.​

    ​3. Students will recognize the form and function of different components of the marine ecosystem including viruses, bacteria, phytoplankton and zooplankton. ​

    ​4. Students will be able to synthesis knowledge of key biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus to understand how they are linked in the modern and past ocean environment. 

    5. Students will know how to measure key properties of the ocean and interpret why they vary in space and time

  • Mathematics and Physics for Environmental Scientists (ENVS117)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To provide students with   

    1) A grounding in the basic physics relevant to processes in the atmosphere, ocean and solid earth.

    2) Practical experience in the application of mathematical methods to the solution of problems in physical processes in the environment.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​At the end of the module a student shoudl be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the basic physics relevant to processes in the atmosphere, ocean and solid earth.

    ​At the end of the module the student should be able to      

    a) judge which is the correct formula or equation to use under particular circumstances.

    b) demonstrate skills in the application of mathematical methods to the solution of problems in physical processes in the environment

    At the end of the module a student should be able to      

    a) do simple estimations by hand

    b) do arithmetic using a calculator

    c) rearrange algebraic formulae to make the required quantity the subject

    d) insert values in a formula and calculate the correct answer

    e) sketch simple mathematical curves by inspection of the formula

    f) differentiate and integrate simple mathematical functions

  • Experiments in Physical Geography I (ENVS120)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    For students to learn:-

    • Careful observation, appropriate handing of liquid and solid samples, and correct use of analytical instruments.
    • Approaches to measurement quality control via replication and reference materials.
    • Appropriate use of descriptive and inferential statistics using MINITAB.
    • Succinct and clear presentation of experimental results in poster form (Powerpoint)
    Learning Outcomes

    A deeper understanding of processes that underlie the interaction between people and the physical environment.  

    ​Specific knowledge in the use of selected important analytical instrument; and general knowledge about the principles and practice of accurate and precise measurement.  

    ​Appropriate treatment of data, including quality control, graphical representation, and statistical analysis.  

  • Marine Ecosystems: Diversity, Processes and Threats (ENVS122)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting55:45
    Aims

    This module aims to introduce students to the diversity of ecosystem types in the marine environment and the various threats that they face. 

    Learning Outcomes

    Acquire knowledge and understanding of representative key ecosystems found in the marine environment.

      ​Be familiar with the marine organisms that live in representative key marine ecosystems.

      ​Acquire a basic knowledge of fundamental ecological principles, transferable to later marine and non-marine modules.

      ​Be aware of the threats that humans may pose to marine ecosystems.

      ​Appreciate how humans assess and may mitigate detrimental impacts to the environment.

      ​Be introduced to the importance to their future studies of critical reading of scientific literature.

    • Environmental Chemistry (ENVS153)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      This module aims to provide a basic understanding of chemistry relevant for environmental sciences.


      Learning Outcomes

      a. describe the structure of an atom, its electronic configuration and predict some of its chemical behaviour based on its position in the periodic table;​

      ​b. understand the inter andintramolecular forces that bond molecules and atoms together to form "matter", and thusexplain why for instance water is a liquid atroom temperature while oxygen is a gas;​

      ​c. name chemical compounds, write balanced chemical reactions and understand howthe amount of products and reactants can be predicted;​

      ​d. understand whatoxidation numbers and redox reactions are and relate those to someenvironmental processes;

      ​e. understand basics of aquatic chemistry such aspH, concentration, dilution; understand energy changes in chemical reactions;​

      ​f. be aware of the basics of organicbiogeochemistry.​

    • Newtonian Dynamics (PHYS101)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims
      • To introduce the fundamental concepts and principles of classical mechanics at an elementary level.
      • To provide an introduction to the study of fluids.
      • To introduce the use of elementary vector algebra in the context of mechanics.
      Learning Outcomes

      Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the laws of classical mechanics, and understand physical quantities with magnitudes, directions (where applicable), units and uncertainties.

      • understand physical quantities with magnitudes, directions (where applicable), units and uncertainties.
      • apply the laws of mechanics to statics, linear motion, motion in a plane, rotational motion, simple harmonic motion and gravitation.

      Apply the laws of mechanics to unseen situations and solve problems.

      Develop a knowledge and understanding of the analysis of linear and rotational motion.

      ​Develop a knowledge and understanding of the analysis of orbits, gravity, simple harmonic motion and fluid flow.

    • Thermal Physics (PHYS102)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      The module aims to make the student familiar with

      • The concepts of Thermal Physics
      • The zeroth, first and second laws of Thermodynamics
      • Heat engines
      • The kinetic theory of gasses
      • Entropy
      • The equation of state
      • Van der Waals equation
      • States of matter and state changes
      • The basis of statistical mechanics
      Learning Outcomes

      Construct a temperature scale and understand how to calibrate a thermometer with that scale

      ​Calculate the heat flow into and work done by a system and how that is constrained by the first law of Thermodynamics

      ​Analyse the expected performance of heat engines, heat pumps and refrigerators

      ​Relate the second law of thermodynamics to the operation of heat engines, particularly the Carnot engine

      ​Understand the kinetic theory of gases and calculate properties of gases including the heat capacity and mean free path

      ​Use the theory of equipartition to relate the structure of the molecules to the measured heat capacity

      ​Calculate the linear and volume thermal expansions of materials

      ​Understand the basis of entropy and relate this to the second law of thermodynamics andcalculate entropy changes

      ​Relate the equation of state for a material to the macroscopic properties of the material

      ​Understand the PV and PT diagrams for materials and the phase transitions that occur when changing the state variables for materials

      ​Be able to link the microscopic view of a system to its macroscopic state variables
    • Wave Phenomena (PHYS103)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims
      • To introduce the fundamental concepts and principles of wave phenomena.
      • To highlight the many diverse areas of physics in which an understanding of waves is crucial.
      • To introduce the concepts of interference and diffraction.
      Learning Outcomes

      At the end of the module the student should be able to:

      • Demonstrate an understanding of oscillators.
      • Understand the fundamental principles underlying wave phenomena.
      • Apply those principles to diverse phenomena.
      • Understand wave reflection and transmission, superposition of waves.
      • Solve problems on the behaviour of electromagnetic waves in vacuo and in dielectric materials.
      • Understand linear and circular polarisation.
      • Understand inteference and diffraction effects.
      • Understand lenses and optical instruments.
      • Apply Fourier techniques and understand their link to diffraction patterns.
      • Understand the basic principles of lasers.
    • Mathematics for Physicists I (PHYS107)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      To provide a foundation for the mathematics required by physical scientists.

      To assist students in acquiring the skills necessary to use the mathematics developed in the module.

      Learning Outcomes

    • a good working knowledge of differential and integral calculus



    • familiarity with some of the elementary functions common in applied mathematics and science



    • an introductory knowledge of functions of several variables


    • manipulation of complex numbers and use them to solve simple problems involving fractional powers


    • an introductory knowledge of series


    • a good rudimentary knowledge of simple problems involving statistics: binomial and Poisson distributions, mean, standard deviation, standard error of mean
    • Mathematics for Physicists II (PHYS108)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims
      • To consolidate and extend the understanding of mathematics required for the physical sciences.
      • To develop the student’s ability to apply the mathematical techniques developed in the module to the understanding of physical problems.
      Learning OutcomesAbility to manipulate matrices with confidence and use matrix methods to solve simultaneous linear equations.

      ​Familiarity with methods for solving first and second order differential equations in one variable.

      ​A basic knowledge of vector algebra.

      A basic understanding of Fourier series and transforms.

      ​A basic understanding of series methods for the solution of differential equations

    • Introductory Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM111)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the underlying principles of the chemistry of the main group elements and to give them an appreciation of the importance of this chemistry in everyday life.

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of this module a student will have an understanding of:

      • The periodic table as an underlying framework for understanding the chemistry of the main group elements
      • The crystal structures of metals and simple ionic solids
      • Lewis acid-Lewis base interactions
      • Systematic chemistry of halides and hydrides of the main group elements
      • Systematic chemistry of halides and hydrides of the main group elements
      • The basic techniques required for the preparation and analysis of simple inorganic compounds

      A student will also have developed the following skills:

      • Planning and time-management associated with practical work
      • Report writing
    • Introductory Organic Chemistry (CHEM130)
      Level1
      Credit level30
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      The aim of this module is to ensure that students are aware of fundamental principles of organic chemistry, including nomenclature, structure and bonding, and the basic principles of static and dynamic stereochemistry. The major reactions associated with the common functional groups will be covered with emphasis on reaction mechanisms. In addition, this module will provide an introduction to the basic techniques associated with practical synthetic chemistry.

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of this module students will know:

      • Structures and shapes of major classes of organic compounds
      • Principles of bonding in major classes of organic compounds
      • Basic principles of stereochemistry
      • Important reactions of a range of functional groups
      • An understanding of the major classes of reaction mechanisms
      • The basic techniques of synthetic chemistry (isolation, purification, identification, and design and work-up of reactions) and will have experience of characterisation using spectroscopic techniques and chemical methods.
    • Introductory Physical Chemistry (CHEM152)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      The main aim of this module is to equip students with an understanding of basic kinetics and thermodynamics as they relate to chemical reactions.

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module students should be familiar with, and be able to make appropriate use of:

      • Basic ideas of energy changes in chemical reactions
      • Ideas relating to the rates of chemical reactions
      • Basic laboratory skills and report writing, including data and error analysis
    • Introductory Spectroscopy (CHEM170)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

       

      The aim of this module is to introduce modern spectroscopic methods in chemistry. Students will understand
      • the importance of quantum mechanics in understanding atomic structure
      • the interaction of light with matter
      • atomic and molecular spectroscopy
      • information obtained from different spectroscopic techniques
      • the interpretation of spectroscopic data
      • deduction of molecular structure from spectroscopic data

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of this module, students should have achieved the following learning outcomes:

      • An understanding of atomic structure.
      • The fundamental principles behind rotational, vibrational, electronic spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, andnuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.  
      • Application of spectroscopic techniques to elucidate moecular structure.
      • Be abble to apply this knowledge to real spectroscopic problems.

    Year One Optional Modules

    • Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks and Fossils (ENVS118)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
      Aims
      • The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the study of sediments and sedimentary rocks and to introduce the main groups of common fossil.
      • The module aims to cover the basic language used to describe sediments and fossils and gives an introduction to a range of physical, chemical and biological concepts.   
      • The students are introduced to the economic significance of sediments and sedimentary rocks and how fossils provide information on geological time, evolutionary history and ancient environments.
      Learning Outcomes

      ​1. On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to describe sediments and sedimentary rocks at outcrop, hand specimen and thin section scales, identifying and naming key structures and fabrics.

      ​2. On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between process and product for both depositional and diagenetic features and be able to discuss the utility of sedimentary rocks to determine processs and, to a lesser extent, environment.

      ​3. On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to describe, name and identify and interpret the main features of common fossils.

      4. On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how organisms are preserved as fossils, and of the utility of fossils to identify ancient modes of life, environments and relative ages of rocks.
    • Living With Environmental Change (ENVS119)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      The over-arching aim of thismodule is to introduce students to the so-called ‘Grand Challenges’ facingsociety and what is being done to address them. Living with Environmental Change is a key interdisciplinaryresearch theme currently being addressed worldwide; from tackling climatechange and carbon emissions to promoting sustainable resource use and energyefficiency. This module illustrates that an interdisciplinary approach iscrucial to identifying the underlying problems faced by humanity and to findingholistic and sustainable solutions.

      ​ 

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Obtain an understanding of the Grand Challenges facing society;

      ​Develop an appreciation of the significance of interdisciplinary working in addressing the Grand Challenges;

      ​Understand that Geography plays a key role in the Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) research agenda;

      ​Become familiar with the linkages between research, policy and sustainability.

    • Marine Biology: Life in the Seas and Oceans (ENVS121)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      This module will introduce students to the main groups of organisms found in the marine environment. Students will encounter these groups in subsequent modules and field studies and gaining a familiarity with them in this module will enable them to recognise them and understand their role in marine ecosystems. 


      Learning Outcomes​Acquire knowledge and understanding on the taxonomic and functional diversity of marine life.

      ​Develop the ability to recognise the major groups of marine organisms using their key features

      ​Experience how to examine marine organisms and understand their functional biology using different kinds of specimens and approaches. 

      ​Recognise the adaptational solutions to functional problems adopted by marine organisms

    • Ecology and Conservation (ENVS157)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      AimsUsing certain key themes, to introduce students to the complex and multifaceted nature of environmental issues and ecological science, particularly stressing the interrelationships between their biophysical and human dimensions.

      To encourage students to manage their own learning.

      Learning Outcomes An appreciation of the complexities and multifaceted nature of environmental issues.



      ​An understanding of land-use change, its history, the main drivers and their interactions.

      ​An overview of natural disasters and irreversible environmental change.

      ​An introduction to the politics of natural resources and energy.

      ​A basic understanding of ecological principles.

      ​An understanding of the complexities of conserving biodiversity.

      ​An understanding of the scientific debate about evidence for global climate change, the possible socio-economic impacts of various climate change scenarios, and possible ameliorative measures.

    • Mathematics for Physicists I (PHYS107)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      To provide a foundation for the mathematics required by physical scientists.

      To assist students in acquiring the skills necessary to use the mathematics developed in the module.

      Learning Outcomes

    • a good working knowledge of differential and integral calculus



    • familiarity with some of the elementary functions common in applied mathematics and science



    • an introductory knowledge of functions of several variables


    • manipulation of complex numbers and use them to solve simple problems involving fractional powers


    • an introductory knowledge of series


    • a good rudimentary knowledge of simple problems involving statistics: binomial and Poisson distributions, mean, standard deviation, standard error of mean
    • Mathematics for Physicists II (PHYS108)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims
      • To consolidate and extend the understanding of mathematics required for the physical sciences.
      • To develop the student’s ability to apply the mathematical techniques developed in the module to the understanding of physical problems.
      Learning OutcomesAbility to manipulate matrices with confidence and use matrix methods to solve simultaneous linear equations.

      ​Familiarity with methods for solving first and second order differential equations in one variable.

      ​A basic knowledge of vector algebra.

      A basic understanding of Fourier series and transforms.

      ​A basic understanding of series methods for the solution of differential equations

    Programme Year Two

    Compulsory modules on the Oceanography route:

    ENVS202: Key Skills for Environmental Data Analysis

    ENVS220: Experimental Oceanography

    ENVS265: Life in a Dynamic Ocean

    ENVS266: Oceanography of estuaries and shelf seas

    ENVS232: The Polluted Earth – Problems and Remediation

    ENVS231: Climatology

    Students on the Oceanography route can choose two of the following optional modules:

    ENVS222: Statistics for Environmental Scientists

    ENVS217: Catchment Hydrology

    ENVS219: Sedimentary Processes and Depositional Environments

    ENVS251: Human Impacts on Marine Ecosystem

    MATH266: Numerical Methods

    MATH225: Vector Calculus with  Applications in Fluid Mechanics

    Compulsory modules on the Physics route:

    ENVS220: Sampling the Ocean

    ENVS265: Life in a Dynamic Ocean

    ENVS266: Oceanography of estuaries and shelf seas

    PHYS201: Electromagnetism

    PHYS207: Maths for Physicists III

    PHYS208: Maths for Physicists IV

    ENVS202: Key Skills for Environmental Data Analysis

    Students on the physics route can choose one of the following optional modules

    ENVS231: Climatology

    ENVS232: Marine Pollution

    PHYS202: Condensed matter physics

    PHYS204: Nuclear and Particle Physics

    Compulsory modules on the Chemistry route:

    ENVS202: Key Skills for Environmental Data Analysis

    ENVS220: Sampling the Ocean

    CHEM260: Physical Chemistry II

    ENVS232: Marine Pollution

    ENVS266: Oceanography of estuaries and shelf seas

    CHEM231: Organic Chemistry II

    CHEM245: Preparative Chemistry: Synthesis and Characterisation

    CHEM214: Metals and Metalloids of the P and D Blocks

    Year Two Compulsory Modules

    • Key Skills for Environmental Data Analysis (ENVS202)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To develop skills in environmental data analysis by applying the Matlab computing package to process, analyse and plot data.

      To develop a critical approach to the results of data analysis.


      Learning Outcomes

      1. Knowledge and Understanding
       

      At the end of the module the student should

      a) know how to write a program script in Matlab

      b) know how to process and plot ocean and climate data​ using Matlab


      2. Intellectual Abilities
       

      At the end of the module the student should be able to:

      a) know how to construct problems and use problem solving skills.

      b) analyse and interpret signals in environmental data.

      c) implement programming methods used for simple models and time-series analysis

      d) synthesise information from their own data analysis and the literature into a written report​

      3. Subject Based Practical Skills
       

      At the end of the module the student should be able to:

      a) how to synthesize concepts across environmental science

      b) write a computer program to analyse and plot environmental data​

      ​​​​


      4. General Transferable Skills
       

      At the end of the module, the student should have:

      a) Gain ability in formulating problems and acquiring order of magnitude solutions

      b) Gained computing skills and familiarity with computing methods and programming

      c) Developed written communication through the writing of reports

    • Sampling the Ocean (ENVS220)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      To provide students with 

      a) Understanding of the methods used to measure and analyse physical and biogeochemical quantities in the ocean.

      b)The skills to be able to the process and analyse oceanographic data in order to understand processes in the ocean.
      Learning Outcomes

       

      1. Knowledge and Understanding:

      At the end of the module a student should be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the following techniques:

      a) Navigation;

      b) Measurements of temperature, salinity;

      c) Measurements of currents – both direct and indirect methods;

      d) Remote sensing;

      e) Chlorophyll analysis

      f) Nutrient Analysis; 

      g) Oxygen Analysis

      h) Analysis of Particles

      i) Data quality/analysis techniques including:

                (i) Manipulation of CTD and current data.

                (ii) Calculation of water column propoerties from discrete sampling.

                (iii) Calibration of instrumentation using distrete samples.

              

      ​2. IntellectualAbilities:


      At the end of themodule a student should be able toevaluate the quality and significance of oceanographic data.


      ​3. Subject BasedPractical Skills:


      At the end of themodule a student should be able to apply skills in:


      a) Processingand analysing hydrographic data,


      b) Processingand analysing current meter data ,


      c) Calculatingcurrents from indirect measurements and hydrographic data,


      d) Interpretingremote sensing data,


      e) Analysis ofnutrient, oxygen and particulate samples


      f) Interpretingnutrient, oxygen and particulate data


      g) Planning cruise tracks.


    • Climatology (ENVS231)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      The module aims to provide knowledge and understanding across a number of areas of meteorology and weather, covering physical processes.  These processes are covered at a detailed level and supported by an overview of the subject area. This module gives the scientific foundation for more discursive as well as process orientated final year modules.

      The practicals provide an introduction to aspects of meteorological analysis. These are supported through the general lecture programme.  The practical series add to the learning experience and skills to enable students to apply what is learnt in the lecture programme. 

        

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Evaluate appropriate theories, methods and techniques

      ​Recognise how selected environments interact with appropriate atmospheric and weather processes

      ​Understand different weather from high, mid and tropical latitudes

      Apply practical data analysis.​
    • Marine Pollution (ENVS232)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      ·         To introduce students to the main anthropogenic stressors, their effects and importance on the marine system;

      ·         To develop an awareness of the current problems;

      ·         To train students in literature search and reading of scientific papers;

      ·         To enhance writing and communication skills.

      Learning Outcomes​​Students will gain an understanding and awareness of the various types of stressors that affect the marine system.

      ​​Students will be trained in browsing and searching Web of science to produce a research related poster 

    • Life in A Dynamic Ocean (ENVS265)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims
      • To gain an appreciation of how ecosystems in the ocean are intricately linked to their physical fluid environment
      • To understand how microbial life is affected by molecular diffusion and turbulence
      • To understand the challenges faced by microscopic life in the viscous fluid of the ocean
      • To address how mean flows in the ocean can be vital in the life stages of larger marine organisms
      • To appreciate the global differences in plankton communities, and the underlying reasons for those differences
      • To understand the problem of how community diversity is maintained in the ocean, and the current theories attempting to explain this diversity
      Learning Outcomes

       Students will gain a broad understanding of how different plankton communities arise in different oceanic regimes, and how that ultimately structures food chains to larger marine animals.

      ​Students will be able to compare quantitatively the scales of different processes, and critically assess their relative importance for life in the ocean.

      ​Students will strengthen, and acquire new, skills in quantifying physical-biological drivers of ecosystems.

      ​Students will learn the important of a multi-disciplinary approach on marine biology and gain experience in solving novel problems.

    • Oceanography of Estuaries and Shelf Seas (ENVS266)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      Provide students with a quantitative understanding of some key oceanographic concepts, applied to coastal seas.

      Provide students with knowledge of how the oceanography of a coastal sea supports biological production.

      Allow students to gain experience in the use of a simple computer model to design and carry out experiments on coastal oceanography.

      Provide students with practical experience of making basic, useful calculations applied to coastal oceanography.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will acquire knowledge of key concepts in coastal oceanography​​

      ​Students will learn to appreciate the need to consider a theory''s underlying assumptions when testing its appropriateness as an explanation for a phenomenon​

      ​Students will develop skills in framing testable hypotheses.​

      ​Students will acquire experience in the use of a simple computer model in testing a hypothesis.​

      ​Students will gain experience in reaching quantified answers to problems in the coastal ocean.​

      ​Students will develop an understanding of how the physics and biology of a coastal sea are linked​

    • Key Skills for Environmental Data Analysis (ENVS202)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To develop skills in environmental data analysis by applying the Matlab computing package to process, analyse and plot data.

      To develop a critical approach to the results of data analysis.


      Learning Outcomes

      1. Knowledge and Understanding
       

      At the end of the module the student should

      a) know how to write a program script in Matlab

      b) know how to process and plot ocean and climate data​ using Matlab


      2. Intellectual Abilities
       

      At the end of the module the student should be able to:

      a) know how to construct problems and use problem solving skills.

      b) analyse and interpret signals in environmental data.

      c) implement programming methods used for simple models and time-series analysis

      d) synthesise information from their own data analysis and the literature into a written report​

      3. Subject Based Practical Skills
       

      At the end of the module the student should be able to:

      a) how to synthesize concepts across environmental science

      b) write a computer program to analyse and plot environmental data​

      ​​​​


      4. General Transferable Skills
       

      At the end of the module, the student should have:

      a) Gain ability in formulating problems and acquiring order of magnitude solutions

      b) Gained computing skills and familiarity with computing methods and programming

      c) Developed written communication through the writing of reports

    • Sampling the Ocean (ENVS220)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      To provide students with 

      a) Understanding of the methods used to measure and analyse physical and biogeochemical quantities in the ocean.

      b)The skills to be able to the process and analyse oceanographic data in order to understand processes in the ocean.
      Learning Outcomes

       

      1. Knowledge and Understanding:

      At the end of the module a student should be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the following techniques:

      a) Navigation;

      b) Measurements of temperature, salinity;

      c) Measurements of currents – both direct and indirect methods;

      d) Remote sensing;

      e) Chlorophyll analysis

      f) Nutrient Analysis; 

      g) Oxygen Analysis

      h) Analysis of Particles

      i) Data quality/analysis techniques including:

                (i) Manipulation of CTD and current data.

                (ii) Calculation of water column propoerties from discrete sampling.

                (iii) Calibration of instrumentation using distrete samples.

              

      ​2. IntellectualAbilities:


      At the end of themodule a student should be able toevaluate the quality and significance of oceanographic data.


      ​3. Subject BasedPractical Skills:


      At the end of themodule a student should be able to apply skills in:


      a) Processingand analysing hydrographic data,


      b) Processingand analysing current meter data ,


      c) Calculatingcurrents from indirect measurements and hydrographic data,


      d) Interpretingremote sensing data,


      e) Analysis ofnutrient, oxygen and particulate samples


      f) Interpretingnutrient, oxygen and particulate data


      g) Planning cruise tracks.


    • Life in A Dynamic Ocean (ENVS265)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims
      • To gain an appreciation of how ecosystems in the ocean are intricately linked to their physical fluid environment
      • To understand how microbial life is affected by molecular diffusion and turbulence
      • To understand the challenges faced by microscopic life in the viscous fluid of the ocean
      • To address how mean flows in the ocean can be vital in the life stages of larger marine organisms
      • To appreciate the global differences in plankton communities, and the underlying reasons for those differences
      • To understand the problem of how community diversity is maintained in the ocean, and the current theories attempting to explain this diversity
      Learning Outcomes

       Students will gain a broad understanding of how different plankton communities arise in different oceanic regimes, and how that ultimately structures food chains to larger marine animals.

      ​Students will be able to compare quantitatively the scales of different processes, and critically assess their relative importance for life in the ocean.

      ​Students will strengthen, and acquire new, skills in quantifying physical-biological drivers of ecosystems.

      ​Students will learn the important of a multi-disciplinary approach on marine biology and gain experience in solving novel problems.

    • Oceanography of Estuaries and Shelf Seas (ENVS266)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      Provide students with a quantitative understanding of some key oceanographic concepts, applied to coastal seas.

      Provide students with knowledge of how the oceanography of a coastal sea supports biological production.

      Allow students to gain experience in the use of a simple computer model to design and carry out experiments on coastal oceanography.

      Provide students with practical experience of making basic, useful calculations applied to coastal oceanography.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will acquire knowledge of key concepts in coastal oceanography​​

      ​Students will learn to appreciate the need to consider a theory''s underlying assumptions when testing its appropriateness as an explanation for a phenomenon​

      ​Students will develop skills in framing testable hypotheses.​

      ​Students will acquire experience in the use of a simple computer model in testing a hypothesis.​

      ​Students will gain experience in reaching quantified answers to problems in the coastal ocean.​

      ​Students will develop an understanding of how the physics and biology of a coastal sea are linked​

    • Electromagnetism (PHYS201)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims
      • To introduce the fundamental concepts and principles of electrostatics, magnetostatics, electromagnetism and Maxwell''s equations, and electromagnetic waves.
      • To introduce differential vector analysis in the context of electromagnetism.
      • To introduce circuit principles and analysis (EMF, Ohm''s law, Kirchhoff''s rules, RC and RLC circuits)
      • To introduce the formulation fo Maxwell''s equations in the presence of dielectric and magnetic materials.
      • To develop the ability of students to apply Maxwell''s equations to simple problems involving dielectric and magnetic materials.
      • To develop the concepts of field theories in Physics using electromagnetism as an example.
      • To introduce light as an electromagnetic wave.
      Learning Outcomes

      ​Demonstrate a good knowledge of the laws of electromagnetism and an understanding of the practical meaning of Maxwell''s equations in integral and differential forms.

      ​Apply differential vector analysis to electromagnetism.

      ​Demonstrate simple knowledge and understanding of how the presence of matter affects electrostatics and magnetostatics, and the ability to solve simple problems in these situations.

      ​Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how the laws are altered in the case of non-static electric and magnetic fields and the ability to solve simple problems in these situations.

    • Mathematics for Physicists III (PHYS207)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims
      • To re-inforce students'' prior knowledge of mathematical techniques
      • To introduce new mathematical techniques for physics modules
      • To enhance students'' problem-solving abilities through structured application of these techniques in physics
      Learning Outcomes

      At the end of the module the student should be able to:

      • Have knowledge of a range of mathematical techniques necessary for physics and astrophysics programmes
      • Be able to apply these mathematical techniques in a range of physics and astrophysics programmes
    • Mathematics for Physicists IV (PHYS208)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims
      • To re-inforce students'' prior knowledge of mathematical techniques
      • To introduce new mathematical techniques for physics modules
      • To enhance students'' problem-solving abilities through structured application of these techniques in physics
      Learning Outcomes

      At the end of the module the student should be able to:

      • Have knowledge of a range of advanced mathematical techniques necessary for physics and astrophysics programmes
      • Be able to apply these mathematical techniques in a range of physics and astrophysics programmes
    • Metals and Metalloids of the P and D-blocks (CHEM214)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      Aims:

      This module is an introduction to the co-ordination and organometallic chemistry of 3d transition metals, and will encompass theory, physical methods and descriptive chemistry.

      The aims of the module are:

      • To outline how bonding theories (valence bond, crystal field, ligand field) have been developed by chemists to rationalise important properties of the d–block elements, many of which distinguish them from organic and main group compounds
      • To illustrate the chemistry of the transition elements by a detailed study of three groups, Ti/Zr/Hf, Fe/Ru/Os and Ni/Pd/Pt, including:
        • Discovery, isolation and technological importance of the elements and their compounds
        • A survey of the chemistry of the different oxidation states and a comparison of the 3d elements with their heavier 4d and 5d relatives
        • Brief comparisons/contrasts with neighbouring groups of elements.
      • To introduce the theory underlying the use of appropriate physical and spectroscopic techniques for characterising d–block complexes, and examples of their application.
      • To introduce the chemistry, and some applications, of complexes in low oxidation states, including:
        • CO as an examplar of a p-acceptor ligand
        • 3d Metal carbonyl complexes
        • Analogous ligands, e.g. NO, RNC
        • The 18-electron rule; what it is, and why it applies to these complexes.
      • To introduce the chemistry, and some applications, of p-block elements and compounds.         

       

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module students should:

      • Show an understanding of the concepts, applications and limitations of the different bonding theories relevant to transition-metal complex chemistry, and be aware of their relative relevance in different chemical contexts.
      • Be able to identify key elements of the structures of transition-metal complexes, and apply their knowledge of spectroscopic and physical techniques to work out the correct structure for a complex, given relevant chemical and spectroscopic information.
      • Be able to describe the social, economic and technological importance of selected transition elements.
      • Understand and be able to describe the significance of the syntheses, characterisation and chemistry of 3d metal complexes encountered in the practical module, CHEM245.
      • Understand the origin of the18-electron rule, its application and the sort of complexes to which it applies.
    • Organic Chemistry II (CHEM231)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      The aim of this module is to introduce important carbon-carbon bond forming reactions within a mechanistic and synthetic framework, together with exposure to a selection of stereochemical issues.

      Learning Outcomes

      Students should be able to solve problems featuring:

      Scope and mechanisms of basic reactions (nucleophilic and electrophilic substitutions, addition and elimination reactions)

      Basic carbonyl chemistry (alkylation, acylation, aldol, conjugate additions).

      Structure, reactivity and synthesis of simple heterocycles (including pyridines, pyrroles, furans)

      Functional group interconversions and stereochemistry.

    • Preparative Chemistry: Synthesis and Characterisation (CHEM245)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The module aims to present a unified approach to the synthesis and characterisation of organic and inorganic compounds and will build on techniques introduced in the first year laboratory courses.

      Learning OutcomesStudents will complete a number of different experiments and synthetic techniques across synthetic, organic and inorganic chemistry.

      ​Students will appreciate how spectroscopic techniques can be used in the characterisation of organic and inorganic compounds and will be able to use analytical and spectroscopic methods to characterise their synthesised compounds.

      ​Students will make use of scientific databases during some assignments and an electronic report.

      ​Students will assess the risks inolved in chemical lab work and handle chemical materials in a safe manner.

      ​Students should be able to organise and plan their time effectively

      ​Students will experience working collaboratively with others in multiple learning environments

    • Physical Chemistry II (CHEM260)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims
    • ​To explain the application of the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics to chemical reactions.

    • ​To reinforce the basic ideas on factors affecting the rates of chemical reactions and quantify the kinetics.

    • To provide an introduction into basic concepts of quantum mechanics.​

    • ​To advance knowledge of quantitative analysis of molecular spectra.​
    • ​To make students familiar with the basic ideas of photochemistry.​

    • Learning Outcomes​Discuss the difference between ideal and real gases.

      ​Discuss the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics in the context of chemical reactions.​

      Carry out thermochemical calculations involving enthalpy, entropy and Gibbs free energy.​
      ​Calculate equilibrium constants from thermodynamic data.

      ​Discuss the concept of the chemical potential and its application under ideal and non-ideal conditions.​
      ​Analyse experimental data for the determination of  reaction orders and rate coefficients, using appropriate methods depending on the type of data available.
      ​Derive and apply rate equations and integrated rate equations for 0th, 1st and 2nd order reactions. ​
      ​Show an understanding of activation barriers and apply the Arrhenius equation.​
      ​Describe qualitatively and quantitatively the kinetics of simple parallel, consecutive, and equilibration reactions. 
      ​Apply the pre-equilibrium and steady state approximations.​
      ​Describe different decay processes of photoexcited states and analyse them quantitatively.​
      ​Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of quantum mechanics, including operators and wavefunctions.​
      ​Show an understanding of molecular energy levels and the forms of spectroscopy which involve transitions between them.​

      ​Present and discuss the solution to problems in a small-group environment.​

      Compute basic properties of diatomics, eg bond lengths, from molecular spectra.​

      ​Use mathematical procedures and graphs for quantitative data analysis and problem solving.​
    • Key Skills for Environmental Data Analysis (ENVS202)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To develop skills in environmental data analysis by applying the Matlab computing package to process, analyse and plot data.

      To develop a critical approach to the results of data analysis.


      Learning Outcomes

      1. Knowledge and Understanding
       

      At the end of the module the student should

      a) know how to write a program script in Matlab

      b) know how to process and plot ocean and climate data​ using Matlab


      2. Intellectual Abilities
       

      At the end of the module the student should be able to:

      a) know how to construct problems and use problem solving skills.

      b) analyse and interpret signals in environmental data.

      c) implement programming methods used for simple models and time-series analysis

      d) synthesise information from their own data analysis and the literature into a written report​

      3. Subject Based Practical Skills
       

      At the end of the module the student should be able to:

      a) how to synthesize concepts across environmental science

      b) write a computer program to analyse and plot environmental data​

      ​​​​


      4. General Transferable Skills
       

      At the end of the module, the student should have:

      a) Gain ability in formulating problems and acquiring order of magnitude solutions

      b) Gained computing skills and familiarity with computing methods and programming

      c) Developed written communication through the writing of reports

    • Sampling the Ocean (ENVS220)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      To provide students with 

      a) Understanding of the methods used to measure and analyse physical and biogeochemical quantities in the ocean.

      b)The skills to be able to the process and analyse oceanographic data in order to understand processes in the ocean.
      Learning Outcomes

       

      1. Knowledge and Understanding:

      At the end of the module a student should be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the following techniques:

      a) Navigation;

      b) Measurements of temperature, salinity;

      c) Measurements of currents – both direct and indirect methods;

      d) Remote sensing;

      e) Chlorophyll analysis

      f) Nutrient Analysis; 

      g) Oxygen Analysis

      h) Analysis of Particles

      i) Data quality/analysis techniques including:

                (i) Manipulation of CTD and current data.

                (ii) Calculation of water column propoerties from discrete sampling.

                (iii) Calibration of instrumentation using distrete samples.

              

      ​2. IntellectualAbilities:


      At the end of themodule a student should be able toevaluate the quality and significance of oceanographic data.


      ​3. Subject BasedPractical Skills:


      At the end of themodule a student should be able to apply skills in:


      a) Processingand analysing hydrographic data,


      b) Processingand analysing current meter data ,


      c) Calculatingcurrents from indirect measurements and hydrographic data,


      d) Interpretingremote sensing data,


      e) Analysis ofnutrient, oxygen and particulate samples


      f) Interpretingnutrient, oxygen and particulate data


      g) Planning cruise tracks.


    • Marine Pollution (ENVS232)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      ·         To introduce students to the main anthropogenic stressors, their effects and importance on the marine system;

      ·         To develop an awareness of the current problems;

      ·         To train students in literature search and reading of scientific papers;

      ·         To enhance writing and communication skills.

      Learning Outcomes​​Students will gain an understanding and awareness of the various types of stressors that affect the marine system.

      ​​Students will be trained in browsing and searching Web of science to produce a research related poster 

    • Oceanography of Estuaries and Shelf Seas (ENVS266)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      Provide students with a quantitative understanding of some key oceanographic concepts, applied to coastal seas.

      Provide students with knowledge of how the oceanography of a coastal sea supports biological production.

      Allow students to gain experience in the use of a simple computer model to design and carry out experiments on coastal oceanography.

      Provide students with practical experience of making basic, useful calculations applied to coastal oceanography.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will acquire knowledge of key concepts in coastal oceanography​​

      ​Students will learn to appreciate the need to consider a theory''s underlying assumptions when testing its appropriateness as an explanation for a phenomenon​

      ​Students will develop skills in framing testable hypotheses.​

      ​Students will acquire experience in the use of a simple computer model in testing a hypothesis.​

      ​Students will gain experience in reaching quantified answers to problems in the coastal ocean.​

      ​Students will develop an understanding of how the physics and biology of a coastal sea are linked​

    Year Two Optional Modules

    • Catchment Hydrology (ENVS217)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The module aims to enable students to ​investigate and understand the main hydrological processes operating in drainage catchments in terms of their measurement, operation and controlling factors. The module will provide students with a ''hands-on'' experience of both observing hydrology and modelling hydrological systems, with an emphasis on applied learning, which might be useful in a vocational sense in the future. The module will aim to deliver excellent training for students in the knowledge required to work in a wide variety of environmentally-facing careers, including those with the EA, Natural England or DEFRA, as well as Environmental Consultancies.

      Learning Outcomes

      Describe the key hydrological components of the catchment system

      Explain the main controlling factors on hydrological processes occurring within drainage catchments​ ​​Analyse and predict the response of catchments to rainfall events ​​​Evaluate methods used to predict river flows​

      ​Review the environmental variables that control the morphology, sedimentation and evolution of lakes​

    • Sedimentary Processes and Depositional Environments (ENVS219)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      To address aspects of physical, chemical and biological processes of sedimentation in the context of the depositional settings in which they operate. To provide the necessary background for understanding the significance of structures and textures preserved in sedimentary rocks and the skills necessary to gather and analyse information that allows well constrained interpretations of depositional environments to be made in the rock record.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Ability to describe how fluid flow governs sediment transport and bedform configuration 

      ​Ability to collect and analyse sedimentary information to infer sedimentary process

      ​Ability to recognise a range of depositional environments from the sedimentary record

      ​Ability to use sedimentary information to build facies models for depositional environments

      ​Ability to synthesise sedimentary datasets to demonstrate spatial and temporal evolution of depositional systems

    • Statistics for Environmental Scientists (ENVS222)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      This module provides training in statistics for environmental scientists. We emphasize the use of software to analyze real environmental data. We do not assume extensive prior knowledge. We will teach the essential theory alongside the practical components.

      Learning Outcomes

      make sense of the statistical terms that appear in scientific papers and the media


      ​summarize data using graphs, tables, and numerical summaries

      ​choose appropriate statistical methods to answer research questions

      use statistical software to apply these methods, and interpret the output

    • Marine Ecophysiology, Ecology and Exploitation (ENVS251)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting55:45
      Aims

      This module aims to provide studentswith essential background in marine ecology, ecophysiology and resourceexploitation required for study at higher levels. Students will also develop theability to evaluate and critique the scientific literature, as well as theability to draw in relevant information from multiple topics areas to address This module aims to provide studentswith essential background in marine ecology, ecophysiology and resourceexploitation required for study at higher levels. Students will also develop theability to evaluate and critique the scientific literature, as well as theability to draw in relevant information from multiple topics areas to address multi-disciplinarytopics.


      Learning Outcomes

      Be familiar with some key physiological adaptations necessary to survive in the marine environment​

      ​Understand the imporance of ​​​​​some key ecological concepts that underpin the stucturing of marine communities

      ​Develop a basic understanding of key human activities that can affect individuals, populations and communities of marine animals 

      ​Develop the ability to read and critically evaluate scientific papers

      ​Develop the ability to research, plan and write essay questions that tackle multi-disciplinary issues (using material from across the module as necessary)

    • Marine Biology Practical Skills (ENVS271)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to experience and gain familiarity with a range of scientific, practical techniques that are used to study the marine environment and its biota. Particular emphasis will be placed on acquiring an understanding the applicability of a wide range of survey/analytical techniques, as well as their limitations, and also post-practical handling of data and report preparation. Skills valuable to any professions dependent on some practical or field-based experience of marine environments will be developed.

      Learning Outcomes

      Be familiar with methods used to collect oceanographic data & marine biological samples from a research vessel and using a remote-operated vehicle (ROV).

      ​Gain further knowledge of higher level taxonomy and biodiversity of key groups of European marine species. 

      Understand further the physical factors that drive the distributions of species within an estuarine environment. 

      Gain further experience in important laboratory techinques for undertaking analyses of samples collected at sea.

      ​​Experience preparation and analysis of different types of quantitative data from different sampling regimes.

      ​Further develop skills in scientific writing and communication

    • Palaeobiology and Evolution (ENVS283)
      Level2
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
      Aims

      1. To introduce evolutionary theory and how fossils contribute to the study of evolution.

      2. To provide an overview of the most important events in vertebrate evolution.

      3. To introduce the main groups of microfossil.

      4. To demonstrate the uses of palaeontological field data.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​1a. On successful completion of this module, students will know the characteristic features and applications of the main groups of microfossil​

      1b. On successful completion of this module, students will understand how evolution occurs and how evolutionary relationships can be deduced from fossils


      1c. On successful completion of this module, students will understand the spatial and temporal controls on biodiversity​ and corresponding patterns in the fossil record

       
      1d. On successful completion of this module, students will know some of the key events in the evolution of vertebrates​

      ​1e. On successful completion of this module, students will understand how palaeontological field data can be used to aid interpretation of palaeoecology, palaeoenvironment and geological history


      ​2a. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to explain the theory of evolution and the fossil evidence for it


      ​2b. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to evaluate the arrangement of taxa on a cladogram in terms of evolutionary relatedness


      ​2c. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to combine palaeontological with other geological data to produce a full account of the palaeoenvironment of a given area


      ​3a. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to use the binocular microscope and camera lucida to produce accurate drawings

      ​3b. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to observe and describe the characteristic features of the main microfossil groups

      ​3c. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to make a full systematic description of a common invertebrate fossil

      ​3d. On successful competion of this module, students will be able to construct a simple phylogeny

      ​3e. On successful competion of this module, students will be able to construct a stratigraphic range chart

      ​4a. On successful completion of this module, students will have developed time management skills

      ​4b. On successful completion of this module, students will have developed skills in the systematic observation and recording of data

      ​4c. On successful completion of this module, students will have developed the ability to present information in a variety of alternative formats such as spreadsheets, charts and graphs

      ​4d. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to write scientific reports effectively

      ​4e. On successful completion of this module, students will have developed the ability to search for, gather and utilise information from a variety of sources

    • Vector Calculus With Applications in Fluid Mechanics (MATH225)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
      Aims

      To provide an understanding of the various vector integrals, the operators div, grad and curl and the relations between them.

      To give an appreciation of the many applications of vector calculus to physical situations.

      To provide an introduction to the subjects of fluid mechanics and electromagnetism.

      Learning Outcomes

      After completing the module students should be able to:

      -     Work confidently with different coordinate systems.

      -     Evaluate line, surface and volume integrals.

      -     Appreciate the need for the operators div, grad and curl together with the associated theorems of Gauss and Stokes.

      -     Recognise the many physical situations that involve the use of vector calculus.

      -     Apply mathematical modelling methodology to formulate and solve simple problems in electromagnetism and inviscid fluid flow.

      All learning outcomes are assessed by both examination and course work.

    • Numerical Methods (MATH266)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
      Aims

      To provide an introduction to the main topics in Numerical Analysis and their relation to other branches of Mathematics

      Learning Outcomes

      After completing the module students should be able to:

      • write simple mathematical computer programs in Maple,

      • understand the consequences of using fixed-precision arithmetic,

      • analyse the efficiency and convergence rate of simple numerical methods,

      • develop and implement algorithms for solving nonlinear equations,

      • develop quadrature methods for numerical integration,

      • apply numerical methods to solve systems of linear equations and to calculate eigenvalues and eigenvectors,

      • solve boundary and initial value problems using finite difference methods.

    • Climatology (ENVS231)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      The module aims to provide knowledge and understanding across a number of areas of meteorology and weather, covering physical processes.  These processes are covered at a detailed level and supported by an overview of the subject area. This module gives the scientific foundation for more discursive as well as process orientated final year modules.

      The practicals provide an introduction to aspects of meteorological analysis. These are supported through the general lecture programme.  The practical series add to the learning experience and skills to enable students to apply what is learnt in the lecture programme. 

        

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Evaluate appropriate theories, methods and techniques

      ​Recognise how selected environments interact with appropriate atmospheric and weather processes

      ​Understand different weather from high, mid and tropical latitudes

      Apply practical data analysis.​
    • Marine Pollution (ENVS232)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      ·         To introduce students to the main anthropogenic stressors, their effects and importance on the marine system;

      ·         To develop an awareness of the current problems;

      ·         To train students in literature search and reading of scientific papers;

      ·         To enhance writing and communication skills.

      Learning Outcomes​​Students will gain an understanding and awareness of the various types of stressors that affect the marine system.

      ​​Students will be trained in browsing and searching Web of science to produce a research related poster 

    • Condensed Matter Physics (PHYS202)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      The aims of Phys202 are to introduce the most important and basic concepts in condensed matter physics relating to the different materials we commonly see in the world around us. Condensed matter physics is one of the most active areas of research in modern physics, whose scope is extremely broad. The ultimate aim of this course is to introduce its central ideas and methodology to the students.

      Condensed matter refers to both liquids and solids and all kinds of other forms of matter in between those two extremes, generally known as “soft matter". While the course will touch on liquids, the emphasis will be on crystalline solids, including some nano-materials. The reason for focusing on crystals is that the periodicity of a crystal is what allows us to make progress in developing a theory for various phenomena in solids based on first principles. Two important concepts are:

      • the electronic states of electrons in a solid and

      • the vibrations of atoms in the solid.

      The description of these ideas basically refer to the theory of electronic band structure and the theory of phonons. These concepts form the basis for understanding a wide range of phenomena including how the atoms bond together to form the crystal, what are some basic statistical properties like specific heat, how electrons move in solids and electronic transport, why are some materials metals and others semiconductors and insulators, and how do solids interact with electromagnetic fields. The course will also introduce optical and magnetic properties in solids, scattering phenomena, thermal conductivity and effect of defects in solids, semiconductors, magnetism and go beyond the free electron model to touch on intriguing effects such as superconductivity.

      Learning Outcomes

      On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to understand the basic concepts of bonding in solids, establish an understanding of electron configuration in atoms and in the condensed matter in terms of bonding, and relating them to band structure description.

      ​Students will be able to understand how solid structures are described mathematically and how material properties can be predicted​.

      ​Students will be able to establish a foundation in basic crystallography, using Bragg''s law, and understand the concept of the reciprocal lattice.


      ​Students will understand basic transport properties, both electronic and thermal, in solids.

      ​ Students will understand the concept of electron and hole carrier statistics, effective masses and transport in intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors

      ​Students will learn the basics of magnetism, the atomic origin and classical treatment of diamagnetism and paramagnetism, quantization of angular momentum and Hund''s rule, and introduced to weak magnetism in solids.


      ​​Students will become familiar to the general language of condensed matter physics, key theories and concepts, ultimately enebling them to read and understand research papers.


    • Nuclear and Particle Physics (PHYS204)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims
      • To introduce Rutherford and related scattering.
      • To introduce nuclear size, mass and decay modes
      • To provide some applications and examples of nuclear physics
      • To introduce particle physics, including interactions, reactions and decay
      • To show some recent experimental discoveries
      • To introduce relativistic 4-vectors for applications to collision problems
      Learning Outcomes

      At the end of the module the student should have:

      • basic understanding of Rutherford, electron on neutron scattering
      • understanding of the basic principles that determine nuclear size, mass and decay modes
      • knowledge of examples and applications of nuclear physics
      • knowledge of elementary particles and their interactions
      • basic understanding of relativistic 4-vectors

    Programme Year Three

    Compulsory modules for all routes:

    ENVS377: Ocean Sciences Research Project

    ENVS366: Marine Science-Special Topics

    ENVS349: Sea Practical

    ENVS332: Ocean Dynamics

    ENVS335: Global Carbon Cycle

    Students on the Oceanography route can choose two of the following optional modules

    ENVS376: Coastal Environments: spatial and temporal change

    ENVS389: Climate change: a critical review

    ENVS461: Evolution, Oceans and Climate

    ENVS393: Science Communication

    Physics route

    Optional Modules:

    ENVS376: Coastal Environments: spatial and temporal change

    ENVS389: Climate Change: a critical review

    PHYS370: Advanced Electromagnetism

    PHYS382: Physics of Life

    PHYS375: Nuclear Physics

    ENVS393: Science Communication

    Chemistry route

    Optional Modules

    ENVS265: Life in a Dynamic Ocean

    ENVS376: Coastal Environments: spatial and temporal change

    ENVS389: Climate Change: a critical review

    CHEM316: Inorganic applications of Group Theory

    CHEM311: Inorganic Chemistry III

    CHEM331: Organic Chemistry III

    CHEM385: Chemical Database Skills

    ENVS393: Science Communication

    Year Three Compulsory Modules

    • Ocean Dynamics (ENVS332)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      To gain a high level understanding of ocean and atmospheric dynamics:

      • To understand the background state of the atmosphere and ocean;
      • To address how tracers spread;
      • To understand the effects of rotation and how jets and eddies form on a rotating planet;
      • To understand how waves influence and interact with the ocean circulation;
      • To understand why there are western boundary currents and gyres in ocean basins;
      • To understand how topography shapes the deep ocean circulation over the globe.
      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will acquire knowledge of key concepts in ocean and atmosphere dynamics.

      ​Students will learn to appreciate the approximate nature of theoretical ideas, and the strengths and weaknesses of such ideas as explanations of observed phenomena.

      ​Students will develop mathematical skills in scale analysis of differential equations to isolate the essential phenomena.

      ​Students will acquire experience in combining quantitative and qualitative understanding of dynamics to give clear explanations of observed phenomena in the ocean and atmosphere.

      ​Students will develop an understanding of the factors controling fluid flows on a range of rotating planets.

    • Global Carbon Cycle (ENVS335)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      To provide students with a view of the ocean carbon cycle as a dynamic system.

      To give students an appreciation of the importance of chemical and biological processes in controlling the distribution of carbon in the ocean.

      To provide students with an in depth understanding of the carbon cycle from the surface ocean, to the deep ocean and sediments, and the impact environmental change may have on it.

      Learning Outcomes

      Students will learn how physical, chemical and biological process control the transfer of carbon between the atmosphere, ocean and land, and the distribution of carbon species between these environments

      Students will understand the role and significance that the ocean plays in the global cycling of carbon

      ​Students will understand the pathways involved in cycling of inorganic and organic carbon between land and the ocean and the surface and deep ocean, with emphasis on the solubility, carbonate and biological pumps

      ​Students will understand how stable isotopes can be used to study the carbon cycle and how it has varied in Earth''s history

      ​Students will understand how environmental change is perturbing the global carbon cycle in the present day. Topics covered will include ocean acidification and changes in the surface temperature

    • Sea Practical (ENVS349)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The aim of this module is to teach basic field skills in laboratory work and ship work including:

      a) safety at sea,

      b) ship''s operation,

      c) physical oceanographic and meteorological measurement,

      d) chemical sampling and

      e) analysis of water and sediment samples and

      f) interpretation of physical, chemical and biological oceanographic data from a coastal sea.

      Learning Outcomes
      1. Knowledge and Understanding:
       

      On completion of the module students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of

      a) safety at sea,

      b) ship''s operation,

      c) how physical oceanographic and meteorological measurements are made,

      d) how to take water and sediment samples,

      e) how to analyse water and sediment samples,

      f) oceanographic conditions in the study area. 



       



       

       

      ​2. Intellectual Abilities:

      At the end of the module the student should be able to apply skills in

      a) devising marine sampling strategies

      b) evaluating the quality and significance of marine data

      c) evaluating publicly available meteorological data



      ​3. Subject Based Practical Skills:

      At the end of the module students should be able to apply skills in work at sea and ashore including:

      a) physical oceanographic and meteorological measurement,

      b) chemical sampling and

      c) analysis of water and sediment samples.


    • Marine Sciences - Special Topics (ENVS366)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      To promote engagement, discussions and raise the overall awareness of the most topical research issues in Marine Sciences.

      Learning Outcomes

      Gain a broad and detailed knowledge of some of the main research issues in marine sciences.

                 

      ​Improve critical reading of scientific literature.

       

       

      ​Gain/Practice Transferable Communication Skills: Reporting the main research findings on topics (through a number of different media including oral presentation, poster presentation, essay) to an audience of their peers and academic staff.

    • Ocean Sciences Research Project (ENVS377)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To develop skills in all aspects of research in ocean sciences, including

      a) literature searching, review and appraisal,

      b) design of experiments or models,

      c) practical and computing skills,

      d) collection and/or manipulation of data,

      e) construction of scientific hypotheses,

      f) oral communication and report writing.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Plan, organise and undertake a programme of research.

      ​Make observations of data, reflect on outcomes and adjust the research
          design if necessary.

      ​Interpret, critically evaluate and present the data.

      ​Complete a scientific report of the research planned and undertaken

    Year Three Optional Modules

    • Coastal Environments: Spatial and Temporal Change (ENVS376)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      This module aims to consider the response of physical processes and coastal environments to changes in sea-level and climate. Attention is given to the geomorphology of coastal environments, its response to external agents, as well as to possible coastal managment strategies. The module aims at proving students with knowledge and understanding of the physical processes acting along coastal areas, and to promote students capability to critically understand pros and cons of different managment tecniques in relation to future climate change.

      Learning Outcomes

      Knowledge and understanding of physical aspects of coastal environments

      ​​Knowledge and understanding of the concept of spatial and temporal variation: physical processes and landforms, and the importance of spatial and temporal scales

      ​​Knowledge and understanding of environments as a result of process and form interaction

      ​​Knowledge and understanding of methodologies of analysis and interpretation

      ​Development of an informed concern for the Earth and its people

      ​Capability to critically analyze real case studies in the context of previously acquired knowledge

    • Climate Change - A Critical Review (ENVS389)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      The module aims to provide students with the knowledge to evaluate likely outcomes climate change and climate variability over the next 100 years, to understand policy decisions at different levels, to obtain a critical understanding of climate predictions, and to understand the importance of reference to past and present climates.

      Learning Outcomes

      Evaluate a range of future climate change projections.​

      ​Recognise the likely impacts of climate change to a range of sectors.


      ​Learn how to engage with stakeholder communities with regard to climate change. 


      Produce effectively targeted report writing and visual communication​.

      ​Consider the multiple sector impact of climate change on societies

    • Evolution, Oceans and Climate (ENVS461)
      LevelM
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      The module aims to develop

      Skills -the manipulation and interpretation of numerical, stratigraphic and geochemical data, the synthesis of data and literature information and coherent scientific argument.

      Knowledge and understanding of the major controls on the behaviour of the Earth''s oceans and climates and the interaction of climate and the evolution of life on Earth. An appreciation of the role of physical, geochemical, palaeontological and sedimentological techniques in the study of ancient oceans and climates, and the relationships between changes in the physical environment and the development of life on Earth.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will develop an understanding of the key changes that have affected life on earth and the evolution of climate, atmosphere and oceans. 

      ​Students will develop an understanding of the use of geochemical, palaeontological and sedimentological data to determine and monitor past changes. 

      ​Through data analysis and dicussion students will develop skills to analyse and criticise the methodology and conclusions in published work. 

      ​Students will develop their core skills in data analysis, verbal and written comunication

    • Coastal Environments: Spatial and Temporal Change (ENVS376)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      This module aims to consider the response of physical processes and coastal environments to changes in sea-level and climate. Attention is given to the geomorphology of coastal environments, its response to external agents, as well as to possible coastal managment strategies. The module aims at proving students with knowledge and understanding of the physical processes acting along coastal areas, and to promote students capability to critically understand pros and cons of different managment tecniques in relation to future climate change.

      Learning Outcomes

      Knowledge and understanding of physical aspects of coastal environments

      ​​Knowledge and understanding of the concept of spatial and temporal variation: physical processes and landforms, and the importance of spatial and temporal scales

      ​​Knowledge and understanding of environments as a result of process and form interaction

      ​​Knowledge and understanding of methodologies of analysis and interpretation

      ​Development of an informed concern for the Earth and its people

      ​Capability to critically analyze real case studies in the context of previously acquired knowledge

    • Climate Change - A Critical Review (ENVS389)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      The module aims to provide students with the knowledge to evaluate likely outcomes climate change and climate variability over the next 100 years, to understand policy decisions at different levels, to obtain a critical understanding of climate predictions, and to understand the importance of reference to past and present climates.

      Learning Outcomes

      Evaluate a range of future climate change projections.​

      ​Recognise the likely impacts of climate change to a range of sectors.


      ​Learn how to engage with stakeholder communities with regard to climate change. 


      Produce effectively targeted report writing and visual communication​.

      ​Consider the multiple sector impact of climate change on societies

    • Advanced Electromagnetism (PHYS370)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims
      • To build on first and second year modules on electricity, magnetism and waves by understanding a range of electromagnetic phenomena in terms of Maxwell''s equations.
      • To understand the properties of solutions to the wave equation for electromagnetic fields in free space, in matter (non-dispersive and dispersive dielectrics, and conductors).
      • To understand the behaviour of electromagnetic waves at boundaries.
      • To understand the behaviour of electromagnetic waves in cavities, waveguides and transmission lines.
      • To understand the properties of electric dipole radiation.
      • To introduce an explicity covariant formulation of electromagnetism in special relativity.
      • To further develop students'' problem-solving and analytic skills.
      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students should have an understanding of the properties of solutions to the wave equation for electromagnetic fields in free space and in matter (non-dispersive and dispersive dielectrics, and conductors).

      ​Students should have an understanding of the behaviour of electromagnetic waves at boundaries.

      ​Students should have an understanding of the behaviour of electromagnetic waves in cavities, waveguides and transmission lines.

      ​Students should have an understanding of the properties of electric dipole radiation.

      ​Students should have the ability to explain an explicity covariant formulation of electromagnetism in special relativity.

    • Nuclear Physics (PHYS375)
      Level3
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims
      • To build on the second year module involving Nuclear Physics
      • To develop an understanding of the modern view of nuclei, how they are modelled and of nuclear decay processes
      Learning Outcomes

      At the end of the module the student should have:

      • Knowledge of evidence for the shell model of nuclei, its development and the successes and failures of the model in explaining nuclear properties

      ​Knowledge of the collective vibrational and rotational models of nuclei

      ​Basic knowledge of nuclear decay processes, alpha decay and fission, of gamma-ray transitions and internal conversion

      ​Knowledge of electromagnetic transitions in nuclei

    • Physics of Life (PHYS382)
      Level3
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims
      • To explain the constraints on physical forces which are necessary for life to evolve in the Universe
      • To describe the characteristics of life on earth
      • To describe physical techniques used in the study of biological systems
      Learning Outcomes​​​

      At the end of the module the student should have:

      • An understanding of the framework of physical forces within which life is possible

      • An understanding of the nature of life on earth


      • Familiarity with physical techniques used in the study of biological systems​
    • Inorganic Chemistry III (CHEM311)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting65:35
      Aims

      The aims of the module are:

      • To rationalise the vast range of pseudo-first order rate constants found for ligand exchange among metal ions from across the Periodic Table.
      • To outline key mechanisms by which transition and non-transition metal ions undergo ligand exchange in solution.
      • To outline and rationalise the chemistry of complexes with metal-alkyl and metal-carbene bond.
      • To outline and rationalise the chemistry of transition-metal complexes containing metal to carbon s-bonds, eg metal-alkyl, metal-acetylide, metal-vinyl, and metal-carbene complexes.
      • To show how metals coordinate to compounds such as alkenes, alkynes, allyls and conjugated p-systems CnHn (n = 5 to 8) via interactions with the C-C multiple bonds.
      • To provide an introduction to the structures of solid state materials and the role of diffraction in studying these structures.
      • To explain how electrons behave in extended structures, with particular reference to the distinction between metals and insulators, and the behaviour of doped semiconductors. 
      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module, students should be able to:

      • Demonstrate an understanding of how ligand field and other factors help determine both the rate and the mechanism of ligand exchange for a given metal ion.
      • Critically assess the role of a prominent scientist in the history of inorganic reaction mechanism investigations.
      • Appreciate the bonding of different organic fragments to transition metals and how a variety of physical measurements can be used to substantiate these ideas.
      • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of infinite solids and their diffraction of X-rays.
      • Appreciate the factors affecting the electronic properties of solids.
    • Inorganic Applications of Group Theory (CHEM316)
      Level3
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      This module aims to demonstrate the underlying importance of symmetry throughout Chemistry, with particular applications to spectroscopic selection rules and bonding.

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module, students should be able to:

      • Identify symmetry elements in molecules
      • Assign molecules to their correct point groups
      • Use character tables to solve a variety of problems in spectroscopy and bonding
    • Organic Chemistry III (BSc.) (CHEM331)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting65:35
      Aims

      The aim of the course is to consolidate and extend second year knowledge of synthetic and physical organic chemistry, and introduce some aspects of biological chemistry.

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module, students should:

      • Demonstrate a good understanding of modern synthetic reactions and their mechanisms.
      • Demonstrate familiarity with some of the more important aspects of biological chemistry
    • Chemical Database Skills (CHEM385)
      Level3
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      Chemical database skills and molecular modelling are becoming resouces now in common use by practicing chemical scientists. This module aims to introduce students to these skills through lectures and computer based workshop sessions. In this module, students will will attend six lectures and six practical sessions in chemical database skills and database skills. The general aims of the module are:

      • To establish a close link with aspects of the lecture material covered in the Yr 3 course
      • To introduce students to chemical database skills, including on-line searching of literature, citations, chemical reactions and structures.

      (students CANNOT take this module if they are taking CHEM375!)

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module, students should be able to

      • Use scientific databases effectively for literature and citation searches.
      • Find relevant information from on-line chemical databases regarding chemical reactions and structures.
      • Be able to apply the database skills in writing a report drawing from scientific literature.
    • Life in A Dynamic Ocean (ENVS265)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims
      • To gain an appreciation of how ecosystems in the ocean are intricately linked to their physical fluid environment
      • To understand how microbial life is affected by molecular diffusion and turbulence
      • To understand the challenges faced by microscopic life in the viscous fluid of the ocean
      • To address how mean flows in the ocean can be vital in the life stages of larger marine organisms
      • To appreciate the global differences in plankton communities, and the underlying reasons for those differences
      • To understand the problem of how community diversity is maintained in the ocean, and the current theories attempting to explain this diversity
      Learning Outcomes

       Students will gain a broad understanding of how different plankton communities arise in different oceanic regimes, and how that ultimately structures food chains to larger marine animals.

      ​Students will be able to compare quantitatively the scales of different processes, and critically assess their relative importance for life in the ocean.

      ​Students will strengthen, and acquire new, skills in quantifying physical-biological drivers of ecosystems.

      ​Students will learn the important of a multi-disciplinary approach on marine biology and gain experience in solving novel problems.

    • Coastal Environments: Spatial and Temporal Change (ENVS376)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      This module aims to consider the response of physical processes and coastal environments to changes in sea-level and climate. Attention is given to the geomorphology of coastal environments, its response to external agents, as well as to possible coastal managment strategies. The module aims at proving students with knowledge and understanding of the physical processes acting along coastal areas, and to promote students capability to critically understand pros and cons of different managment tecniques in relation to future climate change.

      Learning Outcomes

      Knowledge and understanding of physical aspects of coastal environments

      ​​Knowledge and understanding of the concept of spatial and temporal variation: physical processes and landforms, and the importance of spatial and temporal scales

      ​​Knowledge and understanding of environments as a result of process and form interaction

      ​​Knowledge and understanding of methodologies of analysis and interpretation

      ​Development of an informed concern for the Earth and its people

      ​Capability to critically analyze real case studies in the context of previously acquired knowledge

    • Climate Change - A Critical Review (ENVS389)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      The module aims to provide students with the knowledge to evaluate likely outcomes climate change and climate variability over the next 100 years, to understand policy decisions at different levels, to obtain a critical understanding of climate predictions, and to understand the importance of reference to past and present climates.

      Learning Outcomes

      Evaluate a range of future climate change projections.​

      ​Recognise the likely impacts of climate change to a range of sectors.


      ​Learn how to engage with stakeholder communities with regard to climate change. 


      Produce effectively targeted report writing and visual communication​.

      ​Consider the multiple sector impact of climate change on societies

    • Science Communication (ENVS393)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • Provide key transferable skills​ to undergraduates, including: communication, presentation, practical classroom skills and team working.

    • ​Provide classoom based experience for undergraduates who are considering teaching as a potential career

    • ​Encourage a new generation of STEM teachers.

    • Provide role models for pupils within schools located in areas of high deprivation.​

    • Increase University of Liverpool widening participation activites within merseyside.​

    • Learning Outcomes

      ​Have an understanding of the UK educational system and relevant teaching and learning styles.

      ​Have an understanding of the Widening Participation Agenda

      Have an understanding of relevant STEM subjects and activities that would link into the National Curriculum

      ​Develop appropriate STEM activities for KS2 and KS3 school groups that link with the National Curriculum

      ​Reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of the outreach acivities and their delivery

      ​Be able to apply the relevant protocols and safeguarding practice ​when delivering within a school setting

      ​Be able to apply practical knowledge of effective delivery styles when engaging with primary or secondary aged pupils

      ​Have experience of planning the delivery of a project

      ​Have experience of team working

      ​Have experience of science communication in a variety of situations

    The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


    Teaching and Learning

    Teaching takes place through lectures, practicals, workshops, seminars, tutorials and computer based learning, with an emphasis on learning through doing. The award-winning £23 million Central Teaching Laboratories provides a state-of-the-art facility for undergraduate practical work.

    Students value the learning opportunities provided by field classes, including the rapid feedback on performance. You will typically receive at least 15 hours of formal teaching each week. Between 30 and 100 hours of fieldwork and hands-on activities are provided each year depending on the discipline.

    A typical module might involve two or three one-hour lectures each week, and often a three- hour laboratory or computer-based practical as well. Tutorials typically involve groups of 4-7 students meeting with a member of staff at least every two weeks in Year One and Two. In Year Three, you will undertake an Honours project, which is a piece of independent research (field, laboratory or data analysis) on a topic of your choice, supervised by a member of staff. In Years Three and Four students meet with their project supervisor on a weekly or more frequent basis. As you progress through your degree, you will be increasingly challenged to engage with current debates, to think critically and to study independently.

    A number of the School’s degree programmes involve laboratory and field work. The field work is carried out in various locations, ranging from inner city to coastal and mountainous environments. We consider applications from prospective students with disabilities on the same basis as all other students, and reasonable adjustments will be considered to address barriers to access.