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XX30172: State of the planet

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Programmes in Natural Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 25%, EX 75%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: While taking this unit you must take CE40129 and before taking this unit you must take XX20085 and take XX20001, or have taken A-level Chemistry or equivalent.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To enable advanced study of the impact of human populations on the global environment, focusing specially on human population growth and its impact on food supply, human use of common resources, ecological services and biodiversity.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this Unit students should be able to demonstrate that they:
* Have advanced knowledge of a range of scientific and technical problems concerning the current state of the global environment, and the evidential basis for such knowledge;
* Understand historic and current impacts on the global environment of human population growth and technological advance;
* Can access and analyse web-based governmental and NGO public databases of global environmental information;
* Appreciate the importance of detailed accounting of environmental indices in appraising global situation;
* Can evaluate the worth of predictive models of future environmental change, and their implications for Homo sapiens and the biosphere;
* Are aware of historic and current proposals to limit human population and economic growth and their scientific, technological, philosophical and political implications.

Written communication (T/F/A), Oral presentation (T/F/A), Numeracy and computation (T/F/A), Data acquisition, handling and analysis (T/F/A), Information technology (T/F/A), Information handling and retrieval (T/F/A), Group working (T/F), Working independently (T/F).

Hardin's "Tragedy of the Commons"; Ecosystem services and the state of the planet; Appraisal of the current global human population and the probable trajectory of its growth; Current states of the following global indices: Soils and food security; Biodiversity and the natural world; Fisheries and the oceans; Freshwater resources; Energy reserves; Air quality and pollution; Climate change.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

XX30172 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AFB01 : BSc (hons) Chemistry (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USCH-AKB02 : BSc (hons) Chemistry with Industrial Training (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • USCH-AAB02 : BSc (hons) Chemistry with Study Year abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 4
Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFB01 : BSc (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UXXX-AKB02 : BSc (hons) Natural Sciences with Industrial Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UXXX-AAB02 : BSc (hons) Natural Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 4

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.