SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1F824586
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of the module is to provide basic knowledge on environment, natural resources, sustainable development and ecosystems. The objective is to understand the mechanisms of various types of pollution create awareness on global environmental issues and preventive measures to control pollution and protecting the environment.


Introduction: Definition, principles and scope of environmental science, earth, man and environment, ecosystem, Pathways in ecosystem. Structure and composition of atmosphere. Environmental chemistry : Basic concepts of physical chemistry, Osmosis, Dialysis, adsorption. Pollution parameters- pH, COD, BOD, DO,TOC, Nitrogen, Fluoride, sanitary significance of sulphates, nitrates and phosphates. Natural resources: Forest, water and mineral resources, conservation of resources, energy resources, and growing energy needs, renewable and non-renewable resources. Ecology and ecosystems: Definition, principles and scope of ecology. Ecosystems: concept of ecosystem, structure and function of ecosystem, abiotic and biotic components, and energy flows, food chains, food webs and ecological pyramids. Environmental pollution: Definition causes and effects of air, water, soil and noise pollution. Role of an individual in prevention of pollution. Case studies on pollution. Social issues and environment: Sustainable development, environmental education and awareness, water conservation, rainwater harvesting, global environmental issues.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the students should be able to:" Gain knowledge on natural resources and conservation of resources.(A2)" Understand the concepts of ecology and ecosystems, functioning and energy flow in ecosystems.(D3)" Understand the mechanisms of various types of pollution occurring and gain knowledge on control measures.(B7)" Provide environmental education and awareness and gaining knowledge on practices such as water harvesting, water conservation and protecting natural resources.(B5)" Gain knowledge on global environmental issues.(D1)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on lectures and tutorials used to relate theoretical concepts to practical experience. The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and self-learning exercises on emerging technologies. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material and to discuss the issues raised by the directed reading.

Indicative Reading

-360 1. Daniel B. Botkin, 2002. Edward A. Keller ' Environmental science' - John wiley& Sons. 2. Miller T.G.Jr 2000' Environmental science' , Wadsworth Publishing. 3. Odum E.P 2002. ' Fundamentals of Ecology' ; W.B. Sunders Co. USA. Richard Wright, Dorothy Boorse, 2010 'Environmental Science' , Pearson Publications.

Transferrable Skills

Tutorials provide: knowledge on natural resources and studies on Pollution issues and environmental awareness. Laboratories provide: Not applicable Reports provide: Literacy skills and evaluation skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 102.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Assessment (FT) 14.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Poster Presentation
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35% Mid Term Test -  Unseen written examination-1½ Hours
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Final Exam - Unseen written examination-2Hours