BSc Environmental Sciences with a Foundation Year

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This Foundation Year course gives you the chance to study our prestigious Environmental Sciences degree if you don't meet the traditional entry criteria. You may be a mature student looking for a new career, someone who missed out on studying A-levels, or a student without a science background who wishes to change direction.

Whatever the case, we'll assess your individual circumstances and, if successful, you'll be given a thorough introduction to the basics of Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Physics before being transferred onto a full degree programme once you've passed the foundation year.

Our Environmental Sciences degree is a highly prestigious course with an exceptional international reputation, so this is a fantastic opportunity to study at one of the best Environmental Sciences Schools in the world.

Overview

Our Environmental Sciences with a Foundation Year programme provides an exceptional opportunity to study for a degree in a range of Environmental Science specialisations for students who do not have our traditional entry requirements.

Applications for this course are welcomed from mature students, students who have previously not studied science but wish to take a new career direction and students who have been disadvantaged during their secondary education. All applicants are considered on a case-by case basis and all candidates will be interviewed before being offered a place on the course.

The Foundation Year

During the Foundation Year you will be assigned an adviser from the School of Environmental Sciences who will guide you through your course to ensure your progression on to your degree course of choice. All students have a choice of studying two of the following three subjects in semester 1: Biology, Chemistry or Physics. You will additionally study Mathematics throughout the year, with the module choice depending on your previous experience with Mathematics. At the end of the Foundation Year successful students can choose to move, depending on their results, onto a specialist Environmental Sciences degree course of their choice, transfer to one of our Natural Sciences degrees, our Energy Engineering degrees, our Mathematics degrees or remain on the BSc in Environmental Sciences.

The Foundation Year offered at UEA is a full-time course taken over one year. The course does not require any previous AS level or A2 level studies in any of the subjects taught.

In the Foundation year, you will take modules worth 120 credits in all. These credits are obtained by passing the module assessments. Modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination to produce an overall percentage grade and specific module marks. It is these marks, combined with the 120 credits that are taken into consideration when determining progression onto an Honours course.

Environmental Sciences degrees available.

Teaching and Assessment

A typical teaching week consists of around 20-25 hours of timetabled study.

This is taught with a combination of lectures, practical laboratory sessions and small-group tutorials and workshops, where you can discuss, in an informal setting, any points which were raised in lectures and find solutions to problem sheets distributed by tutors. You are also encouraged to discuss academic matters with tutors on a one-to-one basis.

In the laboratory, you will carry out experiments, based on the subject matter of your lecture programme. These sessions are supervised by your lecturers and by postgraduate student demonstrators, who will ensure the safe execution of the experiments and discuss the theory behind them.

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. Marks from the Foundation Year do not count towards your final degree classification, but are important for transfers to other degree programmes.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 20 credits:

Name Code Credits

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

This is a compulsory module for ENV Foundation Year students and optional for foundation year students from other Sciences Schools. The module examples the interdisciplinary nature of environmental sciences through discussion of current hot topics, and carrying out mini-projects on environmental problems including a range of fieldwork based mini-projects. It covers breadth of environmental science topics and the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinarity nature of environmental systems. The module supports development of verbal and written scientific communication skills, the ability to carry out scientific studies, critically analyse environmental problems and discuss solutions to the challenges of sustainable management of our environment.

ENV-3001Y

20

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Total 40 credits. Students will be assigned to EITHER Introductory Maths (SEM 1) and Further Maths (SEM 2), OR the more advanced Basic Maths I (SEM 1) and Maths II (SEM 2), based on their previous qualifications. There is the possibility to revise this assignment at the start of the module if necessary.

Name Code Credits

BASIC MATHEMATICS I

Taught by lectures and seminars to bring students from Maths GCSE towards A-level standard. The module covers functions, polynomials, quadratics, trigonometry and differential calculus and an introduction to integration. Students should have a strong understanding of GCSE Mathematics.

MTHB3001A

20

BASIC MATHEMATICS II

Brings students up to the standard needed to take first year Mathematics degree courses. The module covers trigonometric functions, integral calculus, complex numbers, vectors.

MTHB3002B

20

FURTHER MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS

A mathematics module designed to be a follow-on for students on Science Faculty degrees with a Foundation Year or Computing with a Foundation Year who have completed study of the module Introductory Mathematics for Scientists.

CHE-3006B

20

INTRODUCTORY MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS

A course in mathematics for students who have studied Maths at GCSE level gaining a grade C and/or more than two years ago. The course includes some AS level material relevant to science. This module is reserved for students on the Chemistry, Biology, Pharmacy, Environmental Science or Computing Foundation Years.

CHE-3005A

20

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Students will select 40 credits for SEM 1 and 20 credits for SEM 2. When choosing SEM 2 modules, students are strongly advised to take a SEM 2 module in one of the subjects selected for SEM 1 which provides the subject knowledge required to progress to the level taught in SEM 2.

Name Code Credits

FURTHER BIOLOGY

This module is for students studying on one of the Science Foundation Year courses. The topics covered on the module should give students a basic grounding in biological processes including the fundamental characteristics of living things; basic metabolic processes; an understanding of evolution and knowledge of the levels of biological organisation with some focus given to organ systems. This module also gives students the opportunity to develop key transferable skills such as lab skills, report writing, assignment preparation, researching and evaluating evidence, giving and responding to presentations as well as an early seminar on learning styles and developing their role as an active learner.

BIO-3001B

20

FURTHER CHEMISTRY

A course in chemistry intended to take students to A level standard. The module involves laboratory work. The module is reserved for students on the Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biology, Environmental Science and Mathematics Foundation Years.

CHE-3003B

20

FURTHER PHYSICS

This course follows on from Introductory Physics and continues to introduce the fundamental principles of physics and uses them to explain a variety of physical phenomena.

PHY-3010B

20

INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY

This module is for students studying on one of the Science Foundation Year courses. The topics covered on the module should give students a basic grounding in biological processes including the fundamental characteristics of living things; basic metabolic processes; an understanding of evolution and knowledge of the levels of biological organisation with some focus given to organ systems. This module also gives students the opportunity to develop key transferable skills such as lab skills, report writing, assignment preparation, researching and evaluating evidence, giving and responding to presentations as well as an early seminar on learning styles and developing their role as an active learner.

BIO-3002A

20

INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY

A first module in chemistry reserved for students on Science Faculty degrees with a Foundation Year and Medicine with a Foundation Year. The module includes laboratory work. No prior knowledge of chemistry is assumed.

CHE-3004A

20

INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS

A first course in physics for students who do not have an A level in this subject.

PHY-3011A

20

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

What are the most pressing environmental challenges facing the world today? How do we understand these problems through cutting-edge environmental science research? What are the possibilities for building sustainable solutions to address them in policy and society? In this module you will tackle these questions by taking an interdisciplinary approach to consider challenges relating to climate change, biodiversity, water resources, natural hazards, and technological risks. In doing so you will gain an insight into environmental science research 'in action' and develop essential academic study skills needed to explore these issues.

ENV-4001A

20

RESEARCH AND FIELD SKILLS

This module introduces a range of transferable skills, tools and data resources that are widely used in research across the Environmental Sciences and Geography. It aims to provide a broad understanding of the research process through activities that involve i) formulating research questions, ii) collecting data using appropriate sources and techniques, iii) collating and evaluating information and iv) presenting results. A week-long residential field course, held at Easter and based at Slapton Ley, Devon, applies field, lab and other skills to a variety of environmental science and geography topics.

ENV-4004Y

20

SUSTAINABILITY, SOCIETY AND BIODIVERSITY

Striking a balance between societal development, economic growth and environmental protection has proven challenging and contentious. The concept of `sustainability' was coined to denote processes aiming to achieve this balance. This module introduces sustainable development, and examines why sustainability is so difficult to achieve, bringing together social and ecological perspectives. It also explores sustainability from an ecological perspective, introducing a range of concepts relevant to the structure and functioning of the biosphere and topics ranging from landscape and population ecology, to behavioural, physiological, molecular ecology, and biodiversity conservation at different scales. This module is assessed by coursework and an examination.

ENV-4006B

20

UNDERSTANDING THE DYNAMIC PLANET

Understanding of natural systems is underpinned by physical laws and processes. This module explores energy, mechanics, physical properties of Earth materials and their relevance to environmental science using examples from across the Earth's differing systems. The formation, subsequent evolution and current state of our planet are considered through its structure and behaviour - from the planetary interior to the dynamic surface and into the atmosphere. Plate Tectonics is studied to explain Earth's physiographic features - such as mountain belts and volcanoes - and how the processes of erosion and deposition modify them. The distribution of land masses is tied to global patterns of rock, ice and soil distribution and to atmospheric and ocean circulation. We also explore geological time - the 4.6 billion year record of changing conditions on the planet - and how geological maps can used to understand Earth history. This course provides an introduction to geological materials - rocks, minerals and sediments - and to geological resources and natural hazards.

ENV-4005A

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Students will be assigned to 20 credits from the following modules. Assignments will be made according to previous Maths qualifications.

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE SKILLS

This module will strengthen your mathematical skills and will introduce you to differentiation and integration. You will apply quantitative skills to environmental and geographical problems. This module will widen the range of science modules you can take during your studies in geography and environmental sciences. It will cover statistical methods, including summarising data using numerical summaries and graphs, testing hypotheses and carrying out these analyses on computers. Students will be required to purchase access to MyMathLab software either stand-alone (GBP29.99), with an e-book (GBP39.99) or with a hard copy of the Foundation Maths textbook (6th Edition) by by A Croft and R Davison (GBP48.99) (prices for October 2016).

ENV-4014Y

20

MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS A

This module covers differentiation, integration, vectors, partial differentiation, ordinary differential equations, further integrals, power series expansions, complex numbers and statistical methods. In addition to the theoretical background there is an emphasis on applied examples. Previous knowledge of calculus is assumed. This module is the first in a series of three maths modules for students across the Faculty of Science that provide a solid undergraduate mathematical training. The follow-on modules are Mathematics for Scientists B and C.

ENV-4015Y

20

QUANTITATIVE SKILLS

This module explores how quantitative skills can be applied to solve a range of environmental problems. It is designed for students who have a GCSE in maths at grade B or C, but no AS/ A2 qualification (or equivalent). The module will include a review of some fundamental GCSE-level maths (such as manipulating expressions) but will focus on the practical use of maths through physical equations and mathematical models. Students will also learn about summarising data using both numerical summaries and graphs, testing hypotheses and carrying out these analyses on computers. Assessment is through coursework and a statistics course test.

ENV-4013Y

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Students will be assigned 20 credits from the following modules. Assignments will be made according to previous Chemistry qualifications.

Name Code Credits

PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROCESSES IN THE EARTH'S SYSTEM I

The habitability of planet Earth depends on the physical and chemical systems on the planet which control everything from the weather and clim ate to the growth of all living organisms. This module aims to introduce you to some of these key cycles and the ways in which physical and chemical scientists investigate and interpret these systems. The module will lead many of you on to second and third year courses (and beyond) studying these systems in more detail, but even for those of you who choose to study other aspects of environmental sciences a basic knowledge of these systems is central to understanding our planet and how it responds to human pressures. The course has two distinct components, one on the physical study of the environment (Physical Processes: e.g. weather, climate, ocean circulation, etc.) and one on the chemical study (Chemical Processes: weathering, atmospheric pollution, ocean productivity, etc.). During the course of the module the teachers will also emphasise the inter-relationships between these two sections This course is taught in two variants: this module provides a Basic Chemistry introduction for those students who have little or no background in chemistry before coming to UEA (see pre-requisites). This course will run throughout semester 2 involving a mixture of lectures, laboratory practical classes, workshops and a half day field trip.

ENV-4007B

20

PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROCESSES IN THE EARTH'S SYSTEM II

The habitability of planet Earth depends on the physical and chemical systems on the planet which control everything from the weather and climate to the growth of all living organisms. This module aims to introduce you to some of these key cycles and the ways in which physical and chemical scientists investigate and interpret these systems. The module will lead many of you on to second and third year courses (and beyond) studying these systems in more detail, but even for those of you who choose to study other aspects of environmental sciences a basic knowledge of these systems is central to understanding our planet and how it responds to human pressures. The course has two distinct components, one on the physical study of the environment (Physical Processes: e.g. weather, climate, ocean circulation, etc.) and one on the chemical study (Chemical Processes: weathering, atmospheric pollution, ocean productivity, etc.). During the course of the module the teachers will also emphasise the inter-relationships between these two sections This module is for students with previous experience of chemistry. This course will run throughout semester 2 involving a mixture of lectures, laboratory practical classes, workshops and a half day field trip.

ENV-4008B

20

Students must study the following modules for credits:

Name Code Credits

INDEPENDENT PROJECT - PROPOSAL

ENV-6021B

0

Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Students will select 20-40 credits from the following modules, which have been selected to provide appropriate skills for a related independent project. Students may not take two modules in the same timetable slot in the same semester (the modules are also listed in other Options Ranges alongside others in the same slot). Note that students must submit a request to the School for a place on fieldcourses.

Name Code Credits

APPLIED GEOPHYSICS

What lies beneath our feet? This module addresses this question by exploring how wavefields and potential fields are used in geophysics to image the subsurface on scales of metres to kilometres. The basic theory, data acquisition and interpretation methods of seismic, electrical, gravity and magnetic surveys are studied. A wide range of applications is covered including archaeological geophysics, energy resources and geohazards. This module is highly valued by employers in industry; guest industrial lecturers will cover the current 'state-of-the-art' applications in real world situations. Students doing this module are normally expected to have a good mathematical ability, notably in calculus and algebra before taking this module (ENV-4015Y Mathematics for Scientists A or equivalent).

ENV-5004B

20

APPLIED GEOPHYSICS WITH FIELDCOURSE

What lies beneath our feet? This module addresses this question by exploring how waves, rays and the various physical techniques are used in geophysics to image the subsurface on scales of meters to kilometres. The basic theory and interpretation methods of seismic, electrical and gravity and magnetic surveys are studied. A wide range of applications is covered including archaeological geophysics, energy resources and geohazards. The fieldcourse provides "hands-on" experience of the various techniques and applications, adding on valuable practical skills. This module is highly valued by employers in industry; guest industrial lecturers will cover the current 'state-of-the-art' applications in real world situations. Students doing this module are normally expected to have a good mathematical ability, notably in calculus and algebra before taking this module (ENV-4015Y Mathematics for Scientists A or equivalent). RESIDENTIAL FIELDCOURSE: This module includes a one-week fieldcourse and is presently held in the Lake District during the Easter break. There will be a charge for attending this field course. The cost is heavily subsidised by the School, but students enrolling must understand that they will commit to paying a sum to cover attendance. As the details of many modules and field courses have changed recently, the following figures should be viewed as ball-park estimates only. If you would like firmer data please consult the module organiser closer to the field course. The cost to the student will be on the order of GBP150.

ENV-5005K

20

AQUATIC ECOLOGY

An analysis of how chemical, physical and biological influences shape the biological communities of rivers, lakes and estuaries in temperate and tropical regions. There is an important practical component to this module that includes three field visits and laboratory work, usually using microscopes and sometimes analyzing water quality. The first piece of course work involves statistical analysis of class data. The module fits well with other ecology modules, final-year Catchment Water Resources and with modules in development studies or geography. It can also be taken alongside Aquatic Biogeochemistry, other geochemical modules and hydrology. Students must have a background in basic statistical analysis of data. Lectures will show how the chemical and physical features of freshwaters influence their biological communities. Students may attend video screenings that complement lectures with examples of aquatic habitats in the tropics.

ENV-5001A

20

EARTH SCIENCE LAB SKILLS

Good observational and descriptive skills lie at the heart of many areas of Environmental Science. This module is designed to develop those and is particularly suitable for students with interests in Earth and Geophysical Sciences. It will cover generic Earth science skills of use for projects in this area. The module will include: observing, describing and recording the characteristics of geological materials (hand specimen and under microscope); measuring and representing 3d data, and reading geological maps.

ENV-5029B

20

EARTH SCIENCE SKILLS

This module is designed to develop good observational and descriptive skills and is particularly suitable for students with interests in Earth and Geophysical Sciences. It will cover generic Earth science skills of use for projects. The module will include: observing, describing and recording the characteristics of geological materials (in the field, in hand specimen and under microscope); measuring and representing 3d data, reading geological maps and basic geological mapping. The module includes a week-long residential field work in the Easter vacation which has an added cost implication in the region of GBP250.

ENV-5030B

20

FIELD ECOLOGY

Students explore the ecology of moorlands, bogs, sand dunes, rocky shores, estuaries and woodlands. Students should develop skills in identifying plants and animals using scientific keys, carrying out quantitative surveys and statistically analysing their data. Strong emphasis is placed on student-lead project work. The bulk of the teaching takes place on a two week field course in Western Ireland, that runs immediately before the start of the Autumn Semester.

BIO-5013A

20

GIS SKILLS FOR PROJECT WORK

This module builds upon the introduction to GIS provided in the first year Research and Field Skills module, focusing on how students can obtain their own data, integrate it together and then undertake analysis and presentation tasks. ESRI ArcGIS will be the main software used, but there will also be an introduction to scripting tools (Python) and open source software (QGIS). Teaching will consist of a one-hour lecture and a three-hour practical class each week. Students should expect to spend a significant amount of time outside of scheduled classes on their formative and summative coursework.

ENV-5028B

20

METEOROLOGY II WITH FIELDCOURSE

This module will build upon material covered in ENV-5008A by covering topics such as synoptic meteorology, weather hazards, micro-meteorology, further thermodynamics and weather forecasting. The module also includes a week long Easter vacation residential fieldcourse, based in the Lake District, involving students in designing scientific experiments to quantify the effects of micro- and synoptic-scale weather and climate processes, focusing on lake, forest and mountain environments. There will be a charge to students in the order of GBP160 for attending this fieldcourse which is also heavily subsidized by the School.

ENV-5010K

20

POPULATION ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

We live in a human dominated era recently designated "the Anthropocene". Humans harvest more than half of the primary productivity of the planet, many resources are over-exploited or depleted (e.g. fisheries) never before it was so important to correctly manage natural resources for an exponentially growing human population. It is, thus, fundamental to predict where other species occur and the sizes of their populations (abundance). Population Ecology is an area dedicated to the dynamics of population development. In this module we will look closely at how populations are regulated, from within through density dependent factors and from external density independent factors. We start the module with a global environmental change perspective to the management of populations and the factors that affect the population size. We then extend these ideas to help us understand population properties and processes both intra-specifically and inter-specifically. Finally we examine several management applications where we show that a good understanding of the population modelling is essential to correctly manage natural resources on the planet. Practicals include learning to survey butterflies and birds using citizen science monitoring projects and will be focused on delivering statistical analyses of "Big data" using the programme R. The projects will provide a strong training in both subject specific and transferrable skills.

ENV-5014A

20

SEDIMENTOLOGY

Sedimentary rocks cover much of the Earth's surface, record the Earth's history of environmental change, contain the fossil record and host many of the world's natural resources. This module includes the study of modern sediments such as sand, mud and carbonates and the processes that result in their deposition. Understanding of modern processes is used to interpret ancient sedimentary rocks, their stratigraphy and the sedimentary structures they contain.

ENV-5035B

20

SOCIAL RESEARCH SKILLS FOR GEOGRAPHERS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS

The study of society and its relationship to the natural environment poses distinct research challenges and social science presents a range of approaches and methods with which to address these problems. This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of social science research. It covers research design, sampling, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and presentation of results. It is recommended for any student intending to carry out a social science-based research project.

ENV-5031B

20

SOCIAL RESEARCH SKILLS FOR GEOGRAPHERS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS WITH FIELDCOURSE

The study of society and its relationship to the natural environment poses distinct research challenges and social science presents a range of approaches and methods with which to address these problems. The module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of social science research. This will cover different perspectives on research, developing a research question, research design, research ethics, sampling, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and includes quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method approaches. The learning outcomes will be for students to be able to demonstrate: (i) Knowledge and critical understanding of relevant concepts and principles (ii) Ability to apply concepts and principles to the design of social science research (iii) Knowledge of some of the main methods of enquiry (iv) Ability to evaluate critically different approaches (v) Ability to present effectively a research proposal, both orally and in writing. The module will include a field course at Easter based in Keswick, an area which provides excellent opportunities for studying a range of geographical and environmental issues, including flooding, low-carbon energy developments, spatial contrasts in economic development and landscape management. The first part of the field course will consist of four days of faculty-organised activities where students will be able to practice questionnaire surveys, interviewing and other social research methods. During the final two days students will work in small groups to plan a research investigation from a list of pre-defined topics. Each group will present their research proposal on the final afternoon of the field course as a piece of formative assessment and the individual members will then write separate short reports on their proposal as their second item of summative assessment for the module. There will be an additional charge in the region of GBP250 for students to attend the field course.

ENV-5036K

20

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Students will select 0-40 credits: 0-20 in SEM1 and 0-20 in SEM2.

Name Code Credits

AQUATIC ECOLOGY

An analysis of how chemical, physical and biological influences shape the biological communities of rivers, lakes and estuaries in temperate and tropical regions. There is an important practical component to this module that includes three field visits and laboratory work, usually using microscopes and sometimes analyzing water quality. The first piece of course work involves statistical analysis of class data. The module fits well with other ecology modules, final-year Catchment Water Resources and with modules in development studies or geography. It can also be taken alongside Aquatic Biogeochemistry, other geochemical modules and hydrology. Students must have a background in basic statistical analysis of data. Lectures will show how the chemical and physical features of freshwaters influence their biological communities. Students may attend video screenings that complement lectures with examples of aquatic habitats in the tropics.

ENV-5001A

20

COMMUNITY, ECOSYSTEM AND MACRO-ECOLOGY

This module introduces the major community concepts and definitions, before looking in some detail at community patterns and processes including: species interactions; energy flows and productivity; and the hierarchy of drivers influencing community assembly, structure and diversity. Progression through these topics culminates in a macro-ecological perspective on community patterns and biodiversity. Throughout the module, there is an emphasis on the relevance of ecological theory and the fundamental science to the current environmental and biodiversity crisis. Anthropogenic impacts on natural communities through land-use, non-native species and pathogens, and climate change, are a recurrent theme underpinning the examples we draw upon.

BIO-5014B

20

GEOMORPHOLOGY

Geomorphology is the scientific study of landforms and the processes that shape them. This module will provide an introduction to understanding a number of earth surface processes that create landforms. The approach will be both descriptive and quantitative, based on understanding erosional and depositional concepts, weathering and sediment transport and the evolution of landscapes. The emphasis will be on local East Anglian field sites as case studies illustrating glacial geomorphology, ecogeomorphology and slope geomorphology with some arid geomorphology. Students will be introduced to the methods and different types of evidence used by geomorphologists (e.g., maps, imagery and field observations).

ENV-5034A

20

LOW CARBON ENERGY

This module examines the physical/chemical principles of energy science and technologies - from clean energy generation and conversion, such as renewables, bioenergy, batteries, and hydrogen and fuel cells. It provides a systematic and integrated account of scientific/technical issues of the energy resources and conversion. The knowledge is used to make rational analyses of energy availability, applications and selections from physical, technical and environmental considerations. It also provides students with the opportunity to explore the future of energy provision in greater depth in practical sessions. These include invited talks, energy debates and group discussions on the applications of low carbon energy technologies.

ENV-5022B

20

OCEAN CIRCULATION

This module gives you an understanding of the physical processes occurring in the basin-scale ocean environment. We will introduce and discuss large scale global ocean circulation, including gyres, boundary currents and the overturning circulation. Major themes include the interaction between ocean and atmosphere, and the forces which drive ocean circulation. You should be familiar with partial differentiation, integration, handling equations and using calculators. Shelf Sea Dynamics is a natural follow-on module and builds on some of the concepts introduced here. We strongly recommend that you also gain oceanographic fieldwork experience by taking the 20-credit biennial Marine Sciences fieldcourse.

ENV-5016A

20

SHELF SEA DYNAMICS AND COASTAL PROCESSES

The shallow shelf seas that surround the continents are the oceans that we most interact with. They contribute a disproportionate amount to global marine primary production and CO2 drawdown into the ocean, and are important economically through commercial fisheries, offshore oil and gas exploration, and renewable energy developments (e.g. offshore wind farms). This module explores the physical processes that occur in shelf seas and coastal waters, their effect on biological, chemical and sedimentary processes, and how they can be harnessed to generate renewable energy.

ENV-5017B

20

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Students will select 0-40 credits, 0-20 in SEM1 and 0-20 in SEM2.

Name Code Credits

HYDROLOGY AND HYDROGEOLOGY

Hydrology and hydrogeology are Earth Science subjects concerned with the assessment of the natural distribution of water in time and space and the evaluation of human impacts on the water. This module provides an introduction to geological controls on groundwater occurrence, aquifer characteristics, basic principles of groundwater flow, basic hydrochemistry, an introduction to catchment hydrology, hydrological data collection and analysis, runoff generation processes and the principles of rainfall-runoff modelling. Practical classes develop analytical skills in solving problems as well as field skills in pumping test analysis and stream gauging. A field excursion in Norfolk is also offered in this module.

ENV-5021A

20

MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS B

This module is the second in a series of three mathematical modules for students across the Faculty of Science. It covers vector calculus (used in the study of vector fields in subjects such as fluid dynamics and electromagnetism), time series and spectral analysis (a highly adaptable and useful mathematical technique in many science fields, including data analysis), and fluid dynamics (which has applications to the circulation of the atmosphere, ocean, interior of the Earth, chemical engineering, and biology). There is a continuing emphasis on applied examples.

MTHB5006A

20

MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS C

MTHB5007B

20

SEDIMENTOLOGY

Sedimentary rocks cover much of the Earth's surface, record the Earth's history of environmental change, contain the fossil record and host many of the world's natural resources. This module includes the study of modern sediments such as sand, mud and carbonates and the processes that result in their deposition. Understanding of modern processes is used to interpret ancient sedimentary rocks, their stratigraphy and the sedimentary structures they contain.

ENV-5035B

20

Students will select 0 - 60 credits from the following modules:

Students will select 0-60 credits if BIO-5013A is included. If BIO-5013A is not included, students must select no more than 40 credits as follows: 0-20 credits in SEM1 and 0-20 credits in SEM2. Note that students must submit a request to the School for a place on field courses.

Name Code Credits

AQUATIC BIOGEOCHEMISTRY

The Earth's terrestrial and marine water bodies support life and play a major role in regulating the planet's climate. This module provides training in how to make accurate measurements of the chemical composition of the aquatic environment and explores a number of important chemical interactions between life, fresh and marine waters and climate:- nutrient cyles, dissolved oxygen, trace metals, carbonate chemistry and chemical exchange with the atmosphere. Students are expected to be familiar with basic chemical concepts and molar concentration units. This module would make a good combination with ENV-5001A Aquatic Ecology.

ENV-5039B

20

CLIMATE CHANGE: SCIENCE AND POLICY

This module develops skills and understanding in the integrated analysis of global climate change, using perspectives from both the natural sciences and the social sciences. The course gives grounding in the basics of climate change science, impacts, adaptation, mitigation and their influence on and by policy decisions. It also offers a historical perspective on how climate policy has developed, culminating in the December 2015 Paris Agreement. Finally, it considers what will be required to meet the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 #C above pre-industrial levels.

ENV-5003A

20

EARTH SCIENCE LAB SKILLS

Good observational and descriptive skills lie at the heart of many areas of Environmental Science. This module is designed to develop those and is particularly suitable for students with interests in Earth and Geophysical Sciences. It will cover generic Earth science skills of use for projects in this area. The module will include: observing, describing and recording the characteristics of geological materials (hand specimen and under microscope); measuring and representing 3d data, and reading geological maps.

ENV-5029B

20

EARTH SCIENCE SKILLS

This module is designed to develop good observational and descriptive skills and is particularly suitable for students with interests in Earth and Geophysical Sciences. It will cover generic Earth science skills of use for projects. The module will include: observing, describing and recording the characteristics of geological materials (in the field, in hand specimen and under microscope); measuring and representing 3d data, reading geological maps and basic geological mapping. The module includes a week-long residential field work in the Easter vacation which has an added cost implication in the region of GBP250.

ENV-5030B

20

FIELD ECOLOGY

Students explore the ecology of moorlands, bogs, sand dunes, rocky shores, estuaries and woodlands. Students should develop skills in identifying plants and animals using scientific keys, carrying out quantitative surveys and statistically analysing their data. Strong emphasis is placed on student-lead project work. The bulk of the teaching takes place on a two week field course in Western Ireland, that runs immediately before the start of the Autumn Semester.

BIO-5013A

20

GLOBAL TECTONICS

Processes in the Earth's interior have exerted a profound influence on all aspects of the Earth's system through geological time. This module is designed to explore all aspects of those processes from the creation and destruction of tectonic plates to the structure of the Earth's interior and the distribution and dissipation of energy within it. This will include: the theory and mechanisms of plate tectonics, the generation of magma and volcanism; the mechanisms behind earthquakes. The geological record of this activity, its evolution and impacts on the Earth will also be discussed.

ENV-5018A

20

POPULATION ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

We live in a human dominated era recently designated "the Anthropocene". Humans harvest more than half of the primary productivity of the planet, many resources are over-exploited or depleted (e.g. fisheries) never before it was so important to correctly manage natural resources for an exponentially growing human population. It is, thus, fundamental to predict where other species occur and the sizes of their populations (abundance). Population Ecology is an area dedicated to the dynamics of population development. In this module we will look closely at how populations are regulated, from within through density dependent factors and from external density independent factors. We start the module with a global environmental change perspective to the management of populations and the factors that affect the population size. We then extend these ideas to help us understand population properties and processes both intra-specifically and inter-specifically. Finally we examine several management applications where we show that a good understanding of the population modelling is essential to correctly manage natural resources on the planet. Practicals include learning to survey butterflies and birds using citizen science monitoring projects and will be focused on delivering statistical analyses of "Big data" using the programme R. The projects will provide a strong training in both subject specific and transferrable skills.

ENV-5014A

20

SOCIAL RESEARCH SKILLS FOR GEOGRAPHERS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS

The study of society and its relationship to the natural environment poses distinct research challenges and social science presents a range of approaches and methods with which to address these problems. This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of social science research. It covers research design, sampling, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and presentation of results. It is recommended for any student intending to carry out a social science-based research project.

ENV-5031B

20

SOCIAL RESEARCH SKILLS FOR GEOGRAPHERS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS WITH FIELDCOURSE

The study of society and its relationship to the natural environment poses distinct research challenges and social science presents a range of approaches and methods with which to address these problems. The module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of social science research. This will cover different perspectives on research, developing a research question, research design, research ethics, sampling, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and includes quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method approaches. The learning outcomes will be for students to be able to demonstrate: (i) Knowledge and critical understanding of relevant concepts and principles (ii) Ability to apply concepts and principles to the design of social science research (iii) Knowledge of some of the main methods of enquiry (iv) Ability to evaluate critically different approaches (v) Ability to present effectively a research proposal, both orally and in writing. The module will include a field course at Easter based in Keswick, an area which provides excellent opportunities for studying a range of geographical and environmental issues, including flooding, low-carbon energy developments, spatial contrasts in economic development and landscape management. The first part of the field course will consist of four days of faculty-organised activities where students will be able to practice questionnaire surveys, interviewing and other social research methods. During the final two days students will work in small groups to plan a research investigation from a list of pre-defined topics. Each group will present their research proposal on the final afternoon of the field course as a piece of formative assessment and the individual members will then write separate short reports on their proposal as their second item of summative assessment for the module. There will be an additional charge in the region of GBP250 for students to attend the field course.

ENV-5036K

20

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Students will select 0-40 credits, 0-20 in SEM1 and 0-20 in SEM2. Note that students must submit a request to the School for a place on fieldcourses.

Name Code Credits

APPLIED GEOPHYSICS

What lies beneath our feet? This module addresses this question by exploring how wavefields and potential fields are used in geophysics to image the subsurface on scales of metres to kilometres. The basic theory, data acquisition and interpretation methods of seismic, electrical, gravity and magnetic surveys are studied. A wide range of applications is covered including archaeological geophysics, energy resources and geohazards. This module is highly valued by employers in industry; guest industrial lecturers will cover the current 'state-of-the-art' applications in real world situations. Students doing this module are normally expected to have a good mathematical ability, notably in calculus and algebra before taking this module (ENV-4015Y Mathematics for Scientists A or equivalent).

ENV-5004B

20

APPLIED GEOPHYSICS WITH FIELDCOURSE

What lies beneath our feet? This module addresses this question by exploring how waves, rays and the various physical techniques are used in geophysics to image the subsurface on scales of meters to kilometres. The basic theory and interpretation methods of seismic, electrical and gravity and magnetic surveys are studied. A wide range of applications is covered including archaeological geophysics, energy resources and geohazards. The fieldcourse provides "hands-on" experience of the various techniques and applications, adding on valuable practical skills. This module is highly valued by employers in industry; guest industrial lecturers will cover the current 'state-of-the-art' applications in real world situations. Students doing this module are normally expected to have a good mathematical ability, notably in calculus and algebra before taking this module (ENV-4015Y Mathematics for Scientists A or equivalent). RESIDENTIAL FIELDCOURSE: This module includes a one-week fieldcourse and is presently held in the Lake District during the Easter break. There will be a charge for attending this field course. The cost is heavily subsidised by the School, but students enrolling must understand that they will commit to paying a sum to cover attendance. As the details of many modules and field courses have changed recently, the following figures should be viewed as ball-park estimates only. If you would like firmer data please consult the module organiser closer to the field course. The cost to the student will be on the order of GBP150.

ENV-5005K

20

ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY MAKING

The most significant obstacles to problem solving are often political, not scientific or technological. This module examines the emergence and processes of environmental politics. It analyses these from different theoretical perspectives, particularly theories of power and public policy making. The module is focused on contemporary examples of politics and policy making at UK, EU and international levels. The module supports student-led learning by enabling students to select (and develop their own theoretical interpretations of) 'real world' examples of politics. Assessment is via seminar presentations and a 4000 word case study essay. The module assumes no prior knowledge of politics.

ENV-5002B

20

METEOROLOGY I

This module is designed to give a general introduction to meteorology, concentrating on the physical processes in the atmosphere and how these influence our weather. The module contains both descriptive and mathematical treatments of radiation balance, fundamental thermodynamics, dynamics, boundary layers, weather systems and meteorological hazards. The assessment is designed to allow those with either mathematical or descriptive abilities to do well; however a reasonable mathematical competence is essential, including a basic understanding of differentiation and integration.

ENV-5008A

20

METEOROLOGY II

This module will build upon material covered in ENV-5008A by covering topics such as synoptic meteorology, weather hazards, micro-meteorology, further thermodynamics and weather forecasting. The module includes a major summative coursework assignment based on data collected on a UEA meteorology fieldcourse in a previous year.

ENV-5009B

20

METEOROLOGY II WITH FIELDCOURSE

This module will build upon material covered in ENV-5008A by covering topics such as synoptic meteorology, weather hazards, micro-meteorology, further thermodynamics and weather forecasting. The module also includes a week long Easter vacation residential fieldcourse, based in the Lake District, involving students in designing scientific experiments to quantify the effects of micro- and synoptic-scale weather and climate processes, focusing on lake, forest and mountain environments. There will be a charge to students in the order of GBP160 for attending this fieldcourse which is also heavily subsidized by the School.

ENV-5010K

20

SOIL PROCESSES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

This module will combine lectures, practicals, seminars and fieldwork to provide students with an appreciation of the soil environment and the processes that occurs within it. The module will progress through: basic soil components/properties; soil identification and classification; soil as a habitat; soil organisms; soil functions; the agricultural environment; soil-organism-agrochemical interaction; soil contamination; soil and climate change; soil ecosystem services and soil quality.

ENV-5012A

20

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Students will select 0-40 credits from the following modules: 0-20 in SEM1 and 0-20 in SEM2.

Name Code Credits

ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND GLOBAL CHANGE

Atmospheric chemistry and global change are in the news: Stratospheric ozone depletion, acid rain, greenhouse gases, and global scale air pollution are among the most significant environmental problems of our age. Chemical composition and transformations underlie these issues, and drive many important atmospheric processes. This module covers the fundamental chemical principles and processes in the atmosphere from the Earth's surface to the stratosphere, and considers current issues of atmospheric chemical change through a series of lectures, problem-solving classes, seminars, experimental and computing labs as well as a field trip to UEA's own atmospheric observatory in Weybourne/North Norfolk.

ENV-5015A

20

GIS SKILLS FOR PROJECT WORK

This module builds upon the introduction to GIS provided in the first year Research and Field Skills module, focusing on how students can obtain their own data, integrate it together and then undertake analysis and presentation tasks. ESRI ArcGIS will be the main software used, but there will also be an introduction to scripting tools (Python) and open source software (QGIS). Teaching will consist of a one-hour lecture and a three-hour practical class each week. Students should expect to spend a significant amount of time outside of scheduled classes on their formative and summative coursework.

ENV-5028B

20

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

INDEPENDENT PROJECT

This module is compulsory for all degree courses in the School of Environmental Sciences and is an independent piece of research. With guidance from a supervisor, each student chooses a topic, designs the research and collects, analyses and interprets data. The student is expected to report on progress at various stages: in the selection of a topic, the detailed plan, an interim report and an oral presentation. A final report in the form of a dissertation not exceeding 10,000 words is required. When planning the project and again after completing the report, students reflect on the range of subject-specific and generic skills acquired through their degree and how these are reinforced and complemented by skills acquired through their project. A final item of summative work assesses the clarity by which the student communicates and evidences their range of skills in the form of a covering letter and cv for a potential job application. To further support the transition to employment students can present a formative research poster that summarises the main aspects of the work to prospective employers.

ENV-6021A

40

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Students will select 0-40 credits: 0-20 in SEM1 and 0-20 in SEM2.

Name Code Credits

ENERGY AND PEOPLE

This module will introduce students to a range of social science perspectives on the inter-relationships between energy and people. The module begins by tracing the history and development of energy intensive societies and everyday lives as a means of understanding how energy has emerged as a key sustainability problem. The second part of the module then introduces some theories of social and technical change and uses these to critically analyse a range of people-based solutions to energy problems - including behaviour change initiatives, domestic energy efficiency technologies, and community-scale renewables - that are currently being tried and tested around the world. TEACHING AND LEARNING The module is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars involving group projects, peer discussions, practical exercises and student-led learning. The lectures (2 per week) will introduce students to some core theoretical ideas about the relationships between energy and people, as well as examining a series of people-based solutions to energy problems that have been attempted around the world. The seminar sessions (1 per week) will give students the opportunity to engage with the lecture content in more depth through a range of exercises designed to promote discussion with both course lecturers and peers. Essential readings will be identified for each lecture. To do well in the module students will need to demonstrate that they have engaged extensively with the literature in this area, particularly regarding the 'real world' implications of theoretical ideas and debates. CAREER PROSPECTS Contemporary energy problems are a key concern of central and local government policy, business activities, charity and community work and wider public debates. A key reason why existing solutions to these problems either fail or are not as effective as at first assumed, is that they are often based on a poor understanding of how people use and engage with energy in the course of their everyday lives. Improving students' understanding of the relationships between energy and people and providing them with the intellectual tools necessarily to critically assess energy problems and potential solutions will therefore give them with a significant advantage in this growing job market. In addition to enhancing employability in the specific area of energy, this module will also provide students with a range of key transferable skills that will help them secure gainful employment on completion of their undergraduate degree. These include: developing analytical and critical thinking skills; understanding how to work effectively in teams; advocacy and negotiation skills; developing creative approaches to presentation; and presenting work to different audiences.

ENV-6026B

20

FOSSIL FUELS

Geological, economic and political aspects of fossil fuels (oil, natural gas and coal) are introduced. These are used to discuss environmental concerns arising from the use of fossil fuels, and the potentially profound implications of future fuel scarcity on society. This module is suitable for students taking degrees in the School of Environmental Sciences. It can also be taken by students doing the Energy Engineering With Environmental Manageement course in the School of Mathematics. Some knowledge of Earth science and basic Chemistry will be expected.

ENV-6009A

20

GEOPHYSICAL HAZARDS

Geophysical hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and landslides have significant environmental and societal impacts. This module focuses on the physical basis and analysis of each hazard, their global range of occurrence, probability of occurrence and their local and global impact. The module addresses matters such as hazard monitoring, modelling and assessment. The module considers approaches towards risk mitigation and the reduction of vulnerability (individual and societal), with an emphasis on their practical implementation. Scenarios and probabilities of mega-disasters are also investigated. All the teaching faculty involved have practical experience of supplying professional advice on these hazards (and related risks) in addition to their own research involvement. A basic knowledge of physical science and of mathematics is assumed e.g. use of logs, exponentials, powers, cosines, rearrangement of equations.

ENV-6001B

20

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY AND MARINE ECOLOGY

This module explores the evolution, biodiversity and ecology of bacteria, diatoms, coccolithophores and nitrogen fixers, and the physiology and distribution of zooplankton. Example ecosystems such as the Antarctic, mid ocean gyres and Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems will be studied in detail and predictions of the impact of environmental change (increasing temperature, decreasing pH, decreasing oxygen, and changes in nutrient supply) on marine ecosystem dynamics will be examined. Biological oceanographic methods will be critically evaluated. The module will include a reading week in week 7 and a voluntary employability visit to the Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS). Students are expected to have some background in biology, e.g. have taken a biology, ecology or biogeochemistry based second year module.

ENV-6005A

20

CATCHMENT WATER RESOURCES

This module will adopt an integrated approach to studying surface water and groundwater resources in river basins to enable students to analyse aspects of land management that affect catchment water resources and ecosystems.

ENV-6018B

20

CLIMATE SYSTEMS

This module is about understanding the processes that determine why the Earth's climate (defined, for example, by temperature and moisture distribution) looks like it does, what are the major circulation patterns and climate zones and how do they arise, why the climate changes in time over different timescales, and how we use this knowledge to understand the climate systems of other planets. This course is aimed at those students who wish to further their knowledge of climate, or want a base for any future study of climate change, such as students doing the Meteorology/Oceanography or Climate Change degrees.

ENV-6025B

20

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Students will select 0-40 credits, 0-20 in SEM1 and 0-20 in SEM2.

Name Code Credits

BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND HUMAN SOCIETY

The global biodiversity crisis threatens mass species loss. What are the implications for society? How can communities solve this problem in a world that is facing other challenges of climate change, food security, environmental and social justice? This inter-disciplinary module focused on the interactions between biodiversity and human societies is designed for students of Geography, Environmental Science, Ecology and International Development who have an interest in biodiversity and its conservation.

ENV-6006A

20

PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY

This module examines the geological evidence for climatic change through the Quaternary Period (the last 2.6 million years) and the longer-term evolution of climate through the Cenozoic Era (the last 65 million years). The interpretation and causal mechanisms behind these major global environmental changes are explored using a diverse range of approaches - isotope geochemistry, sedimentology, palaeoecology and organic geochemistry. We focus on geochemical, biological and sedimentological information obtained from marine sediments, ice cores, and terrestrial environments and use these records to reconstruct the timing extent and magnitude of selected climatic events as expressed through changes in the geological record.

ENV-6017B

20

THE CARBON CYCLE AND CLIMATE CHANGE

What do you know about the drivers of climate change? Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the greenhouse gas that has, by far, the greatest impact on climate change, but how carbon cycles through the Earth is complex and not fully understood. Predicting future climate or defining 'dangerous' climate change is therefore challenging. In this module you will learn about the atmosphere, ocean and land components of the carbon cycle. We cover urgent global issues such as ocean acidification and how to get off our fossil fuel 'addiction', as well as how to deal with climate denialists.

ENV-6008A

20

Students will select 0 - 40 credits from the following modules:

Note that ENG-6002Y clashes with CGJ and parts of BGJ and EE slots - please contact the module organiser for details before selecting this module in conjunction with others in those slots.

Name Code Credits

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANCY

This module provides experience of working on a 'real-world' environment- related project presented by an external organisation. Students will first learn how a business functions and expectations for professional behaviour. Multidisciplinary environmental 'problems' will be presented as case study projects by external organisations. Acting as an 'environmental consultant' students will form small teams to discuss feasible solutions, with the opportunity for discussion and feedback with the host organisation. Each student will submit an individual business-style report of what they could offer to resolve the problem. Overall, providing a taster of the post-graduate transition to working with an organisation.

ENV-6031B

20

FIELD COURSE TO EAST AFRICA

This fourteen-day field course is based at Marich Pass Field Studies Centre, in a remote part of north-western Kenya. The course is set provisionally for early July 2018 and will only run if 24 students, that must be in their second year, accept a place. Students work in three-person groups and with the help of a local guide, carry out a field project of their choice that may range from geography, social sciences, natural resources to ecology, depending on modules taken in YR2. Students are asked to contribute approximately 50% to the cost of the field course.

ENV-6015K

20

MODELLING ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESSES

The aim of the module is to show how environmental problems may be solved from the initial problem, to mathematical formulation and numerical solution. Problems will be described conceptually, then defined mathematically, then solved numerically via computer programming. The module consists of lectures on numerical methods and computing practicals (using Matlab); the practicals being designed to illustrate the solution of problems using the methods covered in lectures. The module will guide students through the solution of a model of an environmental process of their own choosing. The skills developed in this module are highly valued by prospective employers.

ENV-6004A

20

NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

This module introduces some key principles of economics for students who have not studied the subject previously. It then explores how these principles can be applied to address a number of economy-environment problems including air pollution and over-fishing. The framework of cost-benefit analysis as a framework for decision-making is also introduced.

ENV-6012B

20

NUCLEAR AND SOLAR ENERGY

ENG-6002Y

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Note that students must submit a request to the School for a place on field courses.

Name Code Credits

GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES FIELD COURSE TO SPAIN

This module seeks to promote a deeper understanding of the interactions between the natural environment and human society through field-based teaching and project work in Almeria, southern Spain. This region provides classic examples of landform evolution and arid environments, as well as experiencing major socio-economic changes in recent decades. Field activities will focus on such issues as agriculture, water resources, renewable energy and adaptation to climate change. Methods for evaluating the sustainability of developments will be assessed. The module is assessed by an individual evidence report and public communication item. Although this course is subsidised by the School, please note that there will be a cost to students in the region of GBP410 to attend this field course.

ENV-6030K

20

GEOSCIENCES FIELDCOURSE: GREECE

This field course is designed to promote a deeper understanding and integration of geoscience subjects: the fieldwork will usually concentrate on applied skills in aspects of structural geology, regional tectonics, sedimentology, palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironments, and volcanology. There are two field bases in the Aegean (Greece), the Gulf of Corinth active rift, and Santorini volcano.

ENV-6022K

20

Students will select 0 - 20 credits from the following modules:

Note that students can take one Level 5 module up to a maximum of 20 credits.

Name Code Credits

APPLIED GEOPHYSICS

What lies beneath our feet? This module addresses this question by exploring how wavefields and potential fields are used in geophysics to image the subsurface on scales of metres to kilometres. The basic theory, data acquisition and interpretation methods of seismic, electrical, gravity and magnetic surveys are studied. A wide range of applications is covered including archaeological geophysics, energy resources and geohazards. This module is highly valued by employers in industry; guest industrial lecturers will cover the current 'state-of-the-art' applications in real world situations. Students doing this module are normally expected to have a good mathematical ability, notably in calculus and algebra before taking this module (ENV-4015Y Mathematics for Scientists A or equivalent).

ENV-5004B

20

APPLIED GEOPHYSICS WITH FIELDCOURSE

What lies beneath our feet? This module addresses this question by exploring how waves, rays and the various physical techniques are used in geophysics to image the subsurface on scales of meters to kilometres. The basic theory and interpretation methods of seismic, electrical and gravity and magnetic surveys are studied. A wide range of applications is covered including archaeological geophysics, energy resources and geohazards. The fieldcourse provides "hands-on" experience of the various techniques and applications, adding on valuable practical skills. This module is highly valued by employers in industry; guest industrial lecturers will cover the current 'state-of-the-art' applications in real world situations. Students doing this module are normally expected to have a good mathematical ability, notably in calculus and algebra before taking this module (ENV-4015Y Mathematics for Scientists A or equivalent). RESIDENTIAL FIELDCOURSE: This module includes a one-week fieldcourse and is presently held in the Lake District during the Easter break. There will be a charge for attending this field course. The cost is heavily subsidised by the School, but students enrolling must understand that they will commit to paying a sum to cover attendance. As the details of many modules and field courses have changed recently, the following figures should be viewed as ball-park estimates only. If you would like firmer data please consult the module organiser closer to the field course. The cost to the student will be on the order of GBP150.

ENV-5005K

20

AQUATIC BIOGEOCHEMISTRY

The Earth's terrestrial and marine water bodies support life and play a major role in regulating the planet's climate. This module provides training in how to make accurate measurements of the chemical composition of the aquatic environment and explores a number of important chemical interactions between life, fresh and marine waters and climate:- nutrient cyles, dissolved oxygen, trace metals, carbonate chemistry and chemical exchange with the atmosphere. Students are expected to be familiar with basic chemical concepts and molar concentration units. This module would make a good combination with ENV-5001A Aquatic Ecology.

ENV-5039B

20

AQUATIC ECOLOGY

An analysis of how chemical, physical and biological influences shape the biological communities of rivers, lakes and estuaries in temperate and tropical regions. There is an important practical component to this module that includes three field visits and laboratory work, usually using microscopes and sometimes analyzing water quality. The first piece of course work involves statistical analysis of class data. The module fits well with other ecology modules, final-year Catchment Water Resources and with modules in development studies or geography. It can also be taken alongside Aquatic Biogeochemistry, other geochemical modules and hydrology. Students must have a background in basic statistical analysis of data. Lectures will show how the chemical and physical features of freshwaters influence their biological communities. Students may attend video screenings that complement lectures with examples of aquatic habitats in the tropics.

ENV-5001A

20

ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND GLOBAL CHANGE

Atmospheric chemistry and global change are in the news: Stratospheric ozone depletion, acid rain, greenhouse gases, and global scale air pollution are among the most significant environmental problems of our age. Chemical composition and transformations underlie these issues, and drive many important atmospheric processes. This module covers the fundamental chemical principles and processes in the atmosphere from the Earth's surface to the stratosphere, and considers current issues of atmospheric chemical change through a series of lectures, problem-solving classes, seminars, experimental and computing labs as well as a field trip to UEA's own atmospheric observatory in Weybourne/North Norfolk.

ENV-5015A

20

CLIMATE CHANGE: SCIENCE AND POLICY

This module develops skills and understanding in the integrated analysis of global climate change, using perspectives from both the natural sciences and the social sciences. The course gives grounding in the basics of climate change science, impacts, adaptation, mitigation and their influence on and by policy decisions. It also offers a historical perspective on how climate policy has developed, culminating in the December 2015 Paris Agreement. Finally, it considers what will be required to meet the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2 #C above pre-industrial levels.

ENV-5003A

20

CONSTRUCTING HUMAN GEOGRAPHIES

This module is a core element of the BA Geography degree, offering an overview of contemporary debates in human geography concerning sustainability and the environment in relation to society and the economy. The module is framed around key conceptual approaches in human geography and ongoing discussions about the discipline's engagement with policy-makers and other societal actors. Topics to be covered include: localisation, alternative economies, race, gender, conservation, cities, food security, big data and energy policy. The module is taught using lectures and participative workshops. Natural Sciences students taking this module must have taken either ENV-4010Y or ENV-4006B.

ENV-5038A

20

EARTH SCIENCE LAB SKILLS

Good observational and descriptive skills lie at the heart of many areas of Environmental Science. This module is designed to develop those and is particularly suitable for students with interests in Earth and Geophysical Sciences. It will cover generic Earth science skills of use for projects in this area. The module will include: observing, describing and recording the characteristics of geological materials (hand specimen and under microscope); measuring and representing 3d data, and reading geological maps.

ENV-5029B

20

EARTH SCIENCE SKILLS

This module is designed to develop good observational and descriptive skills and is particularly suitable for students with interests in Earth and Geophysical Sciences. It will cover generic Earth science skills of use for projects. The module will include: observing, describing and recording the characteristics of geological materials (in the field, in hand specimen and under microscope); measuring and representing 3d data, reading geological maps and basic geological mapping. The module includes a week-long residential field work in the Easter vacation which has an added cost implication in the region of GBP250.

ENV-5030B

20

ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY MAKING

The most significant obstacles to problem solving are often political, not scientific or technological. This module examines the emergence and processes of environmental politics. It analyses these from different theoretical perspectives, particularly theories of power and public policy making. The module is focused on contemporary examples of politics and policy making at UK, EU and international levels. The module supports student-led learning by enabling students to select (and develop their own theoretical interpretations of) 'real world' examples of politics. Assessment is via seminar presentations and a 4000 word case study essay. The module assumes no prior knowledge of politics.

ENV-5002B

20

GEOMORPHOLOGY

Geomorphology is the scientific study of landforms and the processes that shape them. This module will provide an introduction to understanding a number of earth surface processes that create landforms. The approach will be both descriptive and quantitative, based on understanding erosional and depositional concepts, weathering and sediment transport and the evolution of landscapes. The emphasis will be on local East Anglian field sites as case studies illustrating glacial geomorphology, ecogeomorphology and slope geomorphology with some arid geomorphology. Students will be introduced to the methods and different types of evidence used by geomorphologists (e.g., maps, imagery and field observations).

ENV-5034A

20

GIS SKILLS FOR PROJECT WORK

This module builds upon the introduction to GIS provided in the first year Research and Field Skills module, focusing on how students can obtain their own data, integrate it together and then undertake analysis and presentation tasks. ESRI ArcGIS will be the main software used, but there will also be an introduction to scripting tools (Python) and open source software (QGIS). Teaching will consist of a one-hour lecture and a three-hour practical class each week. Students should expect to spend a significant amount of time outside of scheduled classes on their formative and summative coursework.

ENV-5028B

20

GLOBAL TECTONICS

Processes in the Earth's interior have exerted a profound influence on all aspects of the Earth's system through geological time. This module is designed to explore all aspects of those processes from the creation and destruction of tectonic plates to the structure of the Earth's interior and the distribution and dissipation of energy within it. This will include: the theory and mechanisms of plate tectonics, the generation of magma and volcanism; the mechanisms behind earthquakes. The geological record of this activity, its evolution and impacts on the Earth will also be discussed.

ENV-5018A

20

HYDROLOGY AND HYDROGEOLOGY

Hydrology and hydrogeology are Earth Science subjects concerned with the assessment of the natural distribution of water in time and space and the evaluation of human impacts on the water. This module provides an introduction to geological controls on groundwater occurrence, aquifer characteristics, basic principles of groundwater flow, basic hydrochemistry, an introduction to catchment hydrology, hydrological data collection and analysis, runoff generation processes and the principles of rainfall-runoff modelling. Practical classes develop analytical skills in solving problems as well as field skills in pumping test analysis and stream gauging. A field excursion in Norfolk is also offered in this module.

ENV-5021A

20

LOW CARBON ENERGY

This module examines the physical/chemical principles of energy science and technologies - from clean energy generation and conversion, such as renewables, bioenergy, batteries, and hydrogen and fuel cells. It provides a systematic and integrated account of scientific/technical issues of the energy resources and conversion. The knowledge is used to make rational analyses of energy availability, applications and selections from physical, technical and environmental considerations. It also provides students with the opportunity to explore the future of energy provision in greater depth in practical sessions. These include invited talks, energy debates and group discussions on the applications of low carbon energy technologies.

ENV-5022B

20

MARINE SCIENCES FIELDCOURSE

This module is not running in 2017/8.

ENV-5020K

20

METEOROLOGY I

This module is designed to give a general introduction to meteorology, concentrating on the physical processes in the atmosphere and how these influence our weather. The module contains both descriptive and mathematical treatments of radiation balance, fundamental thermodynamics, dynamics, boundary layers, weather systems and meteorological hazards. The assessment is designed to allow those with either mathematical or descriptive abilities to do well; however a reasonable mathematical competence is essential, including a basic understanding of differentiation and integration.

ENV-5008A

20

METEOROLOGY II

This module will build upon material covered in ENV-5008A by covering topics such as synoptic meteorology, weather hazards, micro-meteorology, further thermodynamics and weather forecasting. The module includes a major summative coursework assignment based on data collected on a UEA meteorology fieldcourse in a previous year.

ENV-5009B

20

METEOROLOGY II WITH FIELDCOURSE

This module will build upon material covered in ENV-5008A by covering topics such as synoptic meteorology, weather hazards, micro-meteorology, further thermodynamics and weather forecasting. The module also includes a week long Easter vacation residential fieldcourse, based in the Lake District, involving students in designing scientific experiments to quantify the effects of micro- and synoptic-scale weather and climate processes, focusing on lake, forest and mountain environments. There will be a charge to students in the order of GBP160 for attending this fieldcourse which is also heavily subsidized by the School.

ENV-5010K

20

OCEAN CIRCULATION

This module gives you an understanding of the physical processes occurring in the basin-scale ocean environment. We will introduce and discuss large scale global ocean circulation, including gyres, boundary currents and the overturning circulation. Major themes include the interaction between ocean and atmosphere, and the forces which drive ocean circulation. You should be familiar with partial differentiation, integration, handling equations and using calculators. Shelf Sea Dynamics is a natural follow-on module and builds on some of the concepts introduced here. We strongly recommend that you also gain oceanographic fieldwork experience by taking the 20-credit biennial Marine Sciences fieldcourse.

ENV-5016A

20

POPULATION ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

We live in a human dominated era recently designated "the Anthropocene". Humans harvest more than half of the primary productivity of the planet, many resources are over-exploited or depleted (e.g. fisheries) never before it was so important to correctly manage natural resources for an exponentially growing human population. It is, thus, fundamental to predict where other species occur and the sizes of their populations (abundance). Population Ecology is an area dedicated to the dynamics of population development. In this module we will look closely at how populations are regulated, from within through density dependent factors and from external density independent factors. We start the module with a global environmental change perspective to the management of populations and the factors that affect the population size. We then extend these ideas to help us understand population properties and processes both intra-specifically and inter-specifically. Finally we examine several management applications where we show that a good understanding of the population modelling is essential to correctly manage natural resources on the planet. Practicals include learning to survey butterflies and birds using citizen science monitoring projects and will be focused on delivering statistical analyses of "Big data" using the programme R. The projects will provide a strong training in both subject specific and transferrable skills.

ENV-5014A

20

SEDIMENTOLOGY

Sedimentary rocks cover much of the Earth's surface, record the Earth's history of environmental change, contain the fossil record and host many of the world's natural resources. This module includes the study of modern sediments such as sand, mud and carbonates and the processes that result in their deposition. Understanding of modern processes is used to interpret ancient sedimentary rocks, their stratigraphy and the sedimentary structures they contain.

ENV-5035B

20

SHELF SEA DYNAMICS AND COASTAL PROCESSES

The shallow shelf seas that surround the continents are the oceans that we most interact with. They contribute a disproportionate amount to global marine primary production and CO2 drawdown into the ocean, and are important economically through commercial fisheries, offshore oil and gas exploration, and renewable energy developments (e.g. offshore wind farms). This module explores the physical processes that occur in shelf seas and coastal waters, their effect on biological, chemical and sedimentary processes, and how they can be harnessed to generate renewable energy.

ENV-5017B

20

SOCIAL RESEARCH SKILLS FOR GEOGRAPHERS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS

The study of society and its relationship to the natural environment poses distinct research challenges and social science presents a range of approaches and methods with which to address these problems. This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of social science research. It covers research design, sampling, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and presentation of results. It is recommended for any student intending to carry out a social science-based research project.

ENV-5031B

20

SOCIAL RESEARCH SKILLS FOR GEOGRAPHERS AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS WITH FIELDCOURSE

The study of society and its relationship to the natural environment poses distinct research challenges and social science presents a range of approaches and methods with which to address these problems. The module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of social science research. This will cover different perspectives on research, developing a research question, research design, research ethics, sampling, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and includes quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method approaches. The learning outcomes will be for students to be able to demonstrate: (i) Knowledge and critical understanding of relevant concepts and principles (ii) Ability to apply concepts and principles to the design of social science research (iii) Knowledge of some of the main methods of enquiry (iv) Ability to evaluate critically different approaches (v) Ability to present effectively a research proposal, both orally and in writing. The module will include a field course at Easter based in Keswick, an area which provides excellent opportunities for studying a range of geographical and environmental issues, including flooding, low-carbon energy developments, spatial contrasts in economic development and landscape management. The first part of the field course will consist of four days of faculty-organised activities where students will be able to practice questionnaire surveys, interviewing and other social research methods. During the final two days students will work in small groups to plan a research investigation from a list of pre-defined topics. Each group will present their research proposal on the final afternoon of the field course as a piece of formative assessment and the individual members will then write separate short reports on their proposal as their second item of summative assessment for the module. There will be an additional charge in the region of GBP250 for students to attend the field course.

ENV-5036K

20

SOIL PROCESSES AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

This module will combine lectures, practicals, seminars and fieldwork to provide students with an appreciation of the soil environment and the processes that occurs within it. The module will progress through: basic soil components/properties; soil identification and classification; soil as a habitat; soil organisms; soil functions; the agricultural environment; soil-organism-agrochemical interaction; soil contamination; soil and climate change; soil ecosystem services and soil quality.

ENV-5012A

20

YEAR ABROAD

This module corresponds to the equivalent UEA credits obtained by students on a full academic year of approved study at a specified university in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or in Europe. The choice of modules abroad must be agreed by the module organiser prior to departure and must be of the appropriate nature and level (e.g. upper division at US universities) to the degree programme the student is enrolled in at UEA.

ENV-5037Y

120

YEAR IN INDUSTRY

This module represents the year spent on work placement by students registered on an ENV programme incorporating a year in industry. Assessment is purely on a pass/fail basis with respect to completing a work placement, complementary to the degree, of at least nine months duration.

ENV-5032Y

120

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level CCC
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • Scottish Advanced Highers CCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate CCCCCC or 6 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma.
  • BTEC MMM

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

The typical offer for students studying A levels will be CCC (excluding general studies and critical thinking). Applicants who have been in continuous education are required to hold a level 3 qualification even if they meet the contextual criteria with regard to the GCSEs.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

 

Contextual Criteria

We use contextual criteria for entry. Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • You have been out of full time education for at least 3 years prior to your application.

    or
     
  • You have not previously studied more than one science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics) at A level or equivalent.

    or
     
  • You have been in Local Authority Care.

    or
     
  • You have previously studied science but your Secondary School had 60% or less students achieving 5+ grade A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics in 2013 - Data from Department of Education website: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

Interviews

All applicants will be invited for interview before offers are made to this programme.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Course Open To

This course is open to UK and EU applicants only. Foundation courses for international applicants are run by our partners at INTO.

  • A Level The typical offer for students studying A levels will be CCC.
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • Scottish Highers Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers DDD
  • Irish Leaving Certificate CCCCCC or 6 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass Access HE Diploma
  • BTEC MMM
  • European Baccalaureate 60% overall

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade C.  

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.  

Contextual Criteria
We use contextual criteria for entry. Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria:
•    You have been out of full time education for at least 3 years prior to your application.
or
•    You have not previously studied more than one science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics) at ‘A’ Level or equivalent.
or
•    You have been in Local Authority Care.
or
•    You have previously studied science but your Secondary School had 60% or less students achieving 5+ grade A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths in the year you achieved your GCSEs.  If you completed your GCSEs in 2016 onwards we will refer to Progress 8 data.   - Data from Department of Education website: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

  •  

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Review our English Language Equivalences here.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

When writing your personal statement it is advisable to reference the contextual data set you meet.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirements. Please contact us for further information.

Course Open To

This course is open to UK and EU applicants only. Foundation courses for international applicants are run by our partners at INTO.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515