Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2 hour lecture per week
Practical 5 x 3 hour practicals during semester
Lecture 1 x 1 hour lecture per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment - Preparation of a website  Outcomes assessed:Depending on topic 1, 2, 3  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  50%
Supplementary Assessment Candidates will be required to undertake work equivalent to the element(s) that led to failure. 

Learning Outcomes

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

Outcome 1
Demonstrate an understanding of the key issues resulting from human population growth.

Outcome 2
Appreciate the global impact of human activity on other species.

Outcome 3
Understand the impact of human activity on major natural systems.


This module identifies and examines the major impacts of the human population on the environment. Emphasis will be placed on the impact that population growth has had, and in particular will potentially exert, on the biota, water, soils and atmosphere and the interrelationships between these systems. The development of our understanding of the complex nature of environmental systems is examined with appraisal of how our increasing knowledge may influence human attitudes to, and future use of, environmental resources.

The module aims to provide students with:
  • An understanding of key environmental issues.
  • An appreciation of the relationship between population pressure, level of economic development and human impact on the environment.
  • An opportunity to experience the range of information on environmental issues that is available via the internet.
  • The opportunity to develop the skill of designing a website and publishing information on the world wide web.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Write for different purposes and audiences - production of an essay published on the internet will be assessed as part of the coursework.
Information Technology Production of website using appropriate software will be assessed as part of the coursework. Information gatherin for the module will be based around resources available on the internet.

Reading List

General Text
PARK, C (2001) The Environment: princples and applications 2nd Routledge Primo search PICKERING, K T and OWEN, L A (1997) An introduction to global environmental issues 2nd Routledge Primo search Extensive resources will be made available for this module via the internet Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5