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Module Code: ENV104
Module Title: Introduction to Planet Earth
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Health and Environmental Science
Pre-requisites: N/A
To give a broad conceptual overview of the physical systems of the Earth as a planet

To give an outline of Earth’s ocean-atmosphere interactions, emphasizing the complex interactions between these systems

To provide a foundation for geoscience modules in the 2nd and 3rd years

To introduce students to various information sources, including library and internet-based.

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

a. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and function of the atmosphere and hydrosphere of planet Earth, and an understanding of the inter-relationships between those systems

b. Understand how to collect their own measurements of the sun’s radiation, to analyze the atmospheric structure and circulation and to differentiate climates

c. Learn how to analyze local water budget and ocean circulation data.

d. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and drivers of past climatic variability and the associated impacts on terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

Method of teaching and learning 
Weekly lecture sessions, supported by class notes and reading lists, provide the main means of delivering information to students. Lectures are supported by biweekly practical exercises designed to test knowledge and understanding of key concepts. Some sessions will be delivered by a LC tutor, to assist students with language/study skills requirements for the module.
Lectures: introduction to Earth systems science; solar radiation and vertical structure; atmospheric circulation; moisture and stability; air masses and weather; climate controls; modern global climate regions; terrestrial biomes; modern global climate regions; historical climate change and possible courses; inter-annual and longterm climate variability; water resources and water budget; property of water and ocean circulation.

Practicals: Insolation and albedo; atmospheric structure and circulation; weather analysis; biomes and climate regions; local water budget; ocean circulation.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26       12    112  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Final Exam 65.00
2 Practicals 35.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/4/2020 7:27:38 AM