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SOES1008 Earth and Ocean System

Module Overview

An introduction to the fundamental processes which determine the environment of the Earth and the general functioning of the Earth as a system.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• A thorough basic knowledge of the nature of the Earth and its environment, and its history over its lifetime (the last 4.5 billion years). • A sound understanding of the fundamental processes which determine the environment of the Earth (geological, oceanic, atmospheric, terrestrial, etc).

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • The major attributes of the Earth environment, now and in the past.
  • The major events in the formation of the Earth and its environment.
  • The fundamental processes which determine the environment of the Earth.
  • The general functioning of the Earth as a system.
  • Library skills
  • Efficient reading/studying gathering of useful information from the WWW
  • Basic numeracy in problem evaluation.

Syllabus

At the end of the module you should be able to describe and explain (at a basic level) the major attributes of the Earth environment, now and in the past, a summary history of the Earth and its environment, the fundamental processes which determine the environment of the Earth and the general functioning of the Earth as a system.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Formal lectures: will provide an introduction to the theory underlying the general functioning of the Earth as a system. Topics covered will include the structure and composition of the Earth, the atmosphere, oceans and climate, sediments, weathering and erosion, life in the oceans, nutrient and carbon cycles. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.

TypeHours
Lecture48
Independent Study102
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Theory examination  (1.5 hours) 100%
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