Module Identifier RS21720  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr David R Powell  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Graham P Harris  
Course delivery Lecture   32 Hours  
  Practical   15 Hours 5 x 3 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam3 Hours Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3  70%
Semester Assessment Assignment Outcomes assessed: 4, and other outcomes as relevant  30%
Supplementary Exam3 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:

Reading Lists

PARK, C (2001) The Environment: princples and applications 2nd. Routledge
PICKERING, K T and OWEN, L A (1997) An introduction to global environmental issues 2nd. Routledge

Web Page/Sites
Extensive resources will be made available for this module via the web


This module is at CQFW Level 5