KE3001 - Environmental Geography

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What will I learn on this module?

You will develop a broad appreciation of a range of contemporary geographical/environmental issues pertaining to the urban environment that span the human, physical and environmental domains e.g. urban biodiversity; waste management; urban pollution & health; supply & use of energy; as well as aspects of social, cultural and economic geography (e.g. crime, tourism and retail). Selected topics will be further developed through the application of a range of quantitative and qualitative methods as part of fieldwork and laboratory based activities to put theoretical learning into practice. The module provides you with a basic introduction to the social and scientific processes underpinning both local, as well as global, urban environmental problems. On completion of the module, your ability to link theory and application, with an informed concern about sustainable development in an urban context will serve to enhance your future employment prospects.

How will I learn on this module?

In this module, you will learn through lectures, seminars, field visits and laboratory based practicals. In addition to timetabled sessions, your independent study will be guided and supported through your engagement with a range of resources accessible on-line via the module eLP site, including an electronic reading list. Lectures will be used to introduce key issues and concepts across the range of topics covered on the module, and active participation in seminars, practicals and local field visits will enable you to consolidate the links between theory, practice and application.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Throughout the module you will engage in small group activities during which you will benefit from peer interaction and support from the teaching staff. In the laboratory practicals, for example, you will interact closely with teaching staff who will provide formative support and feedback on activities leading up to the assessment task. Each topic will be further supported by on-line resources available via the module eLP site. These resources include an interactive reading list with on-line access to a number of key books and journal articles and aligned with your lecture programme.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO 1: Describe a range of contemporary concerns in relation to urban environmental issues.
• MLO 2: Examine a range of economic, social and/or political processes pertinent to the contemporary urban environment.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO 3: Demonstrate effective report writing skills and an ability to synthesise a range of literature sources.
• MLO 4: Demonstrate basic field and laboratory skills as pertaining to data collection and analysis.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO 5: Develop an informed concern about sustainable development with an urban context.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment tasks for this module consists of a multiple choice test in semester 1 (40% weighting) and two individual reports (repot 1 800 words and report 2 1200 words, 60% weighting). The project/enquiry-based nature of these reports will enable you to integrate theoretical and applied aspects of the subject.

The first summative report will test MLOs 1, MLO 3, 4 and 5. The second summative report will test MLO 2, 3 and 5.

Formative assessment will be provided through workshops.

For both assessments, written feedback, together with the mark awarded, will enable you to feed forward key aspects into assessments in other modules at both level 3 and above.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

The aim of this module is to introduce you to some of the key environmental/geographical issues that face our urban areas today. You will explore a range of contemporary issues covering aspects that span the human, physical and environmental domains e.g. urban biodiversity; waste management; urban pollution & health; supply & use of energy; as well as aspects of social, cultural and economic geography (e.g. crime, tourism and retail). Selected topics will be further developed through the application of a range of quantitative and qualitative methods as part of fieldwork and laboratory based activities to put theoretical learning into practice. Assessment on the module will be through a multi choice online test in Semester 1 and an enquiry-based report in Semester 2. On completion of the module, your ability to link theory and application, with an informed concern about sustainable development in an urban context will serve to enhance your future employment prospects.

Course info

UCAS Code F920

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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