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GEOL0035 Sustainable Management of the Environment

This module will introduce students to the way earth science and evidence can be used to develop more sustainable ways of managing natural capital and selected environmental risks.

Coordinator: Prof Dan Osborn 

Module details
TitleSustainable Management of the Environment
UG CodeGEOL0035
CoordinatorProf Dan Osborn 
Other Contributors 
Term1
Credit15
Written Exam 
Coursework60% policy briefing note (approx 2500 words); 35% academic poster (400 words plus supporting tables) 5% concise defintion and expression of issues for the policy briefing and topic poster (200 words)
Pre-Requisites 
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement 
Total Number of Hours of Student Work188 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars10 hours
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes10 hours
Hours of Tutorials10 hours
Days of Fieldwork0
OtherNone
Content

Policy and operational decisions in public and private sectors are informed by evidence. This course will set out some environmental drivers of policy decisions e.g. adapting to climate change; natural capital issues; flooding, that depend on earth sciences data and knowledge and will expose students to examples of how this evidence can be communicated and used in decision-making. 

The course will allow students to learn how sustainability and risk issues are being accounted for in policy and operational work. The students will choose from a set of problems and undertake an independent project to explore issues raised in lectures and tutorial sessions at greater depth. 

Students will be encouraged to find out how data and knowledge are used and to examine how leading edge knowledge affects the data and evidence pathway relevant to policy and operational decisions. This will involve use of web sources and technologies appropriate to the individual student's skills in these areas.  

AIMS

  • To expose students to the way earth science and evidence can be used to develop more sustainable ways of managing natural capital and selected environmental risks.
  • To develop the student's ability to assess evidence critically and see its relevance to policy and operations.
  • To develop thr student's ability to make a case for a policy or operational change.

OUTCOMES:

Students will gain detailed knowledge of evidence-policy cycles and understand how earth science knowledge can influence policy and operational decisions affecting environmental risks and natural capital. Such knowledge and understanding will increase their employability.