Department of Biology & Biochemistry, Unit Catalogue 2009/10
BB10011: The biosphere
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
|Requisites:||Before taking this unit you must take BB10012|
To provide a global perspective of the communities and ecosystems of the world and the role of these systems in the flow of energy and matter.
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* identify the main flows of energy through the biosphere;
* explain how minerals cycle in the environment and how soils form;
* describe the main features of aquatic environments and terrestrial biomes;
* describe the effects that humans have on the environment.
Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Information technology T/F, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F.
The flow of energy through the biosphere; the global biogeochemical cycles; soils and aquatic environments; the major terrestrial biomes (tundra, northern coniferous forests, temperate deciduous forests, temperate grasslands, and tropical forests). The impact of humankind on the environment, with particular emphasis on pollution.