Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

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


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment  Outcomes assessed: 4, and other outcomes as relevant  30%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  70%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Discuss the factors influencing population growth and control and the implications for food production, agricultural systems, energy consumption and production
2. Evaluate the global impact of human activity on other species, on ecosystems and on global biodiversity
3. Assess the impact of human activity on major natural systems; on soils, fresh-water and marine systems, atmosphere and climate.
4. Use the internet to gather up to date information on environmental issues and produce a web site through which information on environmental issues can be disseminated in an appropriate manner.

Brief description

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:
a. An understanding of key environmental issues.
b. An appreciation of the relationship between population pressure, level of economic development and human impact on the environment.
c. An opportunity to experience the range of information on environmental issues that is available via the internet.
d. 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 gathering for the module will be based around resources available on the internet.

Reading List

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


This module is at CQFW Level 5