NS4302: Earth Systems & Processes

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NS4302: Earth Systems & Processes

Module Title Earth Systems & Processes
Module Code NS4302
Module Tutor Lucy Clarke
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module outlines Earth‘s physiography, consolidating and extending prior learning. It considers the patterns, processes, interactions and change within the Earth system at a range of spatiotemporal scales, building from a systems theory base. In doing so it draws on the disciplines of climatology, ecology, geology, geomorphology, hydrology and pedology. This module prepares students for the advanced themes of Ecology (NS5205, NS6206), Environmental Change (NS5303, NS6302) and Water (NS5306, NS6305). It also secures a foundation in Physical Geography that underpins the theme of Global Sustainability (NS5302, NS6301).

Indicative Syllabus

Systems Theory

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric structures and processes

Surface and near-surface processes and geomorphologies

Biomes and Biogeography

Pre-Cambrian, Phanerozoic and Quaternary Environmental Change

Hominin evolution & dispersal

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the origins, nature and interactions of physical geographical systems

2. Abstract, synthesise and attempt interrogation of theories, concepts and research findings

3. Collect, cite and reference appropriate sources

4. Write cogent and concise essays within defined guidelines

5. Act with limited autonomy, taking responsibility for the nature and quality of work presented for assessment

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 60
Independent Learning Hours: 240
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 3000 words or equivalent
002: 50% Written Exam: End of module, unseen, closed book: 2.00 hours
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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