Earth Systems and Processes
Run by School of Natural Sciences
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Graham Bird
Overall aims and purpose
This is a foundation module, which introduces and develops the key concepts relating to the study of the physical environment. The module focuses on study of earth systems and the connectivity of earth processes occurring within the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and their links to the biosphere. The module introduces major fields of study within the geosciences (e.g., meteorology, geomorphology, hydrology, climatology) and also provides an introduction to key geological concepts and processes. The module is suitable for those with or without science backgrounds.
Key module topics will include:
- Earth systems and earth processes: introduction and key concepts
- The Geosphere: key geological concepts and processes.
- Weathering processes
- The atmosphere: global and regional atmospheric circulation
- Atmosphere-Ocean interaction: influence on climate, ENSO & NAO cycles & cyclones
- The hydrosphere: introduction to the hydrological cycle, run-off generation & basic principles of hydrology.
- Glacial environments: introduction to ice-mass description, ice mass movement and glacial geomorphology.
- The biosphere: introduction to soils
- The biosphere: introduction to biogeography
- Introduction to global biogeochemical cycles: the Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles.
Grade D- to C+ Students Demonstrate a basic understanding of the Earth's systems and their processes based on individual components of the directly taught programme but showing little evidence of supplementary reading or original information and lacking critical analysis. No major omissions or inaccuracies in factual understanding.
Grade B- to B+ Students demonstrate a good understanding of the Earth's systems and processes, including an ability to appreciate simple linkages between the different components included in the module and some evidence of enquiry and extension of a knowledge base beyond the directly taught programme. No major omissions or inaccuracies in factual understanding and demonstrates a good grasp of theoretical and conceptual elements. Evidence of good integration of information from a variety of sources.
Grade A- and above Students demonstrate a thorough understanding of the Earth's systems and processes, including an ability to appreciate complex linkages between the different components included in the module and evidence of enquiry and a knowledge base that extends well beyond the directly taught programme. Thorough and critical understanding of key underlying concepts is demonstrated. No factual errors are evident.
Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of temporal and spatial scales in relation to the study of earth processes and systems.
Demonstrate an understanding of theories, paradigms, concepts and principles of physical processes within the Earth and its atmosphere.
Demonstrate an accurate understanding of endogenic and exogenic earth processes.
Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-relationship of processes occurring within earth systems.
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
131 and 82 hour lectures
23 hour laboratory practicals 12 hour film showing
Private and guided self-study
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- Recognize and apply appropriate theories and concepts from a range of disciplines.
- Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Awareness of the concepts of spatial and temporal scale in understanding processes and relationships.
- Appreciation of the reciprocal nature of human-environmental relationships.
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/dxx-1005.html
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- L700: BA Geography year 1 (BA/GEOG)
- L701: BA Geography (with International Experience) year 1 (BA/GEOGIE)
- F803: BSc Geography with Environmental Forestry year 1 (BSC/GEF)
- F804: BSc Geography with Environmental Forestry year 1 (BSC/GEF4)
- F650: BSC Geological Oceanography year 1 (BSC/GEO)
- F800: BSC Geography year 1 (BSC/GEOG)
- F802: BSc Geography (with International Experience) year 1 (BSC/GEOGIE)
- 8S54: BSc Geological Oceanography (with International Experience) year 1 (BSC/GEOIE)
- F842: BSc Marine Geography year 1 (BSC/MARG)
- F710: BSC Marine Environmental Studies year 1 (BSC/MES)
- F713: BSc Marine Environmental Stud with International Experience year 1 (BSC/MESIE)
- F7F6: BSc Ocean and Geophysics year 1 (BSC/OGP)
- F700: BSC Ocean Science year 1 (BSC/OS)
- F801: MGeog Geography year 1 (MGEOG/G)
- F805: MGeog Geography with International Experience year 1 (MGEOG/GIE)
- F652: MSci Geological Oceanography year 1 (MSCI/GO)
- F734: MSci Physical Oceanography year 1 (MSCI/PO)
Optional in courses:
- F900: BSC Environmental Science year 1 (BSC/ES)
- 8U71: BSc Environmental Science (with International Experience) year 1 (BSC/ESIE)
- F850: Master of Environmental Science year 1 (M/ENVSCI)