Module Catalogues

Introduction to ecology, evolution and Earth system

Module Title Introduction to ecology, evolution and Earth system
Module Level Level 1
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM1

Aims and Fit of Module

This module’s major aim is to provide students with information that allows them to make an informed choice between the two areas of emphasis: Ecology & Environmental Pollution. The module complements a similar ENV114 in the same semester of year 1. This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the basic concepts of the earth system, ecology and evolution. In addition to placing ecology, within a geosystem and evolution context, it highlights human impacts and uses case studies to discuss the possible solutions to environmental challenges.

Learning outcomes

A Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts of ecology. B Classify basic concepts in biodiversity, species interactions and ecosystems in the context of evolution C Classify the process of environmental changes over geological time scales and the significance of human-induced global change D Develop basic research skills in scientific reading, group-collaboration and academic communications E Apply the knowledge to real-world case studies in environmental issues

Method of teaching and learning

This module is delivered by weekly lecture sessions to cover various environmental topics, which is supported by reading assignments & class discussions. The practical part includes both the local field trips and labs and case studies to develop basic research skills and apply the knowledge to real-world case studies in environmental issues.