- Dr Robert Baxter (Senior Lecturer - University of Durham)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Field Trip||2 x 9 Hour Field Trips|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Individual scoping report (up to 2500 words)||50%|
|Semester Assessment||30 minute subject based oral examination||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Students must take elements of assessment that are equivalent to those that led to failure of the module||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Discuss anthropogenic impacts on the planet (both in a local and global context).
2. Discuss and critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of wide range of approaches, technologies and solutions that can be used to achieve sustainable development.
3. Synthesise and scope forward a research area for future applications and opportunities via a report.
4. Effectively communicate (discuss and describe) orally the topics of energy, environment and sustainability (above) considered by this module.
The module covers energy, climate change, agriculture, biodiversity, waste, water and natural resource exploitation. The aim is to cover the key global threats and identify solutions and options to aspire towards future sustainable development. Scenarios and solutions are presented at the individual, societal and global levels, ranging from changes in behaviour to alternative energy use. Workshops involve seminars, debates, case studies and formative exercises on relevant topics and these are complemented by two study visits focusing on energy and biodiversity. The module is assessed by a scoping research review and an oral examination.
The module aims to provide a broad and high level understanding of the topic and develop research skills and communication using both written and oral methods.
The students will engage in non assessed oral presentations and discussion of topics and build confidence in the communication of science and sustainability. The content delivered, wider reading and communication skills are assessed by discussion of topics covered under oral examination conditions. Formative exercises and experience in class aim to prepare and develop the students for this assessment. Following exposure to various topics, mid-way in the Semester students engage in the development of a scoping study where they focus on a relevant topic of their choice. They scope forward and apply a technology or approach in order to achieve a more sustainable outcome for a given situation or problem. Students engage in formative exercises to provide them with confidence when critically interpreting research and the literature; to make them fully familiar with the scoping process; to improve their presentation and writing skills.
Week 1-11 Workshops covering topics and developing learning skills around Energy, Environment and Sustainability
Week 3 and 7 Field visits.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Incorporated into scoping report but not directly assessed|
|Communication||Via oral examination and scoping report|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Formative learning workshops|
|Information Technology||Only via delivery of scoping report|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Oral examination will help students identify their strengths and will inform future career choice|
|Problem solving||Via scoping report|
|Research skills||Via scoping report|
This module is at CQFW Level 7