|Module Title||HUMAN IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT|
|Co-ordinator||Mr David R Powell|
|Other staff||Dr Graham P Harris|
|Course delivery||Lecture||1 x 2 hour lecture per week|
|Practical||5 x 3 hour practicals during semester|
|Lecture||1 x 1 hour lecture per week|
Demonstrate an understanding of the key issues resulting from human population growth.
a. Factors responsible for population growth and the associated problems of population control are identified.
b. The implications of population growth for food supply and demand are appreciated.
c. The implications of population growth for energy production and consumption are appreciated.
Population growth and control:- factors to include agricultural, technological, medical, economic, religious.
Food and agriculture:- grain, meat, fish.
Energy:- fossil fuels, nuclear, renewable sources
Appreciate the global impact of human activity on other species.
a. The impact of human activity on major ecosystems is assessed.
b. The impact of humans on other species is assessed.
Ecosystems to include several from:- tropical and temperate forests; grasslands; arid zones; wetlands; marine and coastal.
Impacts on other species to include:- contraction, expansion, decline, extinction.
Understand the impact of human activity on major natural systems.
a. The human impacts on soils and water supply are assessed.
b. Evidence for and the possible effects of, human activity on global atmosphere and climate are discussed.
c. Potential impacts of climate change are assessed.
Soils:- salinization, laterization, acidification, erosion, contamination
Water:- domestic and industrial use, drainage, irrigation, inorganic and organic pollutants, thermal pollution.
Atmosphere and climate:- ozone depletion, global warming.
Effects of climate change:- sea level rise, climate belts, ecosystems, agriculture.
The module aims to provide students with:
|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.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5