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EBIO104 : Life in a Changing Environment

Year:13/14
Department:Lancaster Environment Centre
Level:Part I
Learning Hours:80
Credit Points:8
Weight:0.2
Course Convenor:Dr MR McAinsh
Status:Live

Assessment Rules

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  • 50% Exam
  • 25% Coursework
  • 25% Test

CMod description

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This course examines how the biosphere reacts to environmental change. It concentrates on the responses to changes such as increasing drought, global warming, ozone depletion, and air pollution. Emphasis will be placed on understanding plants as the driving force for the effects of environment change on other organisms within terrestrial ecosystems. This will range from consideration of changes in complex natural ecosystems through to effects on humans, through changes in global food production. The course will also consider the direct effects of environmental change on human populations

 

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

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Lecture  1      Introduction. The elements of environmental change and their potential effects

Lecture  2-4      Agriculture & Food Supply.  

Lecture 5     Life in a changing atmosphere I: plant responses to elevated carbon dioxide  

Lecture  6      Life in a changing atmosphere II: the impacts of ozone depletion and increased UV-B radiation  

Lecture  7      Life in a changing atmosphere III: plant responses to air pollutants

Lecture  8-9      Environment change and human health

Lecture  10     Plants, pests and pathogens: Biotic interactions

Lecture  11-12     Ecosystem responses to environment change

 


Practical  1   Workshop: Effects of the environment on carbon fixation and water use  

Practical  2   Workshop: human health and environment change

Practical  3   Practical: Effects of the environment on carbon fixation and water use  

Curriculum Design: Pre-requisites/Co-requisites/Exclusions

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Compulsory at Part II for EBIO 263 Environmental Physiology.

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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This course examines how the biosphere reacts to environmental change.  It concentrates on the responses to changes such as increasing drought, global warming, ozone depletion, and air pollution.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding plants as driving force for the effects of environment change on other organisms within terrestrial ecosystems.  This will range from consideration of changes in complex natural ecosystems through to effects on humans, through changes in global food production.  The course will also consider the direct effects of environmental change on human populations.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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On completion of this module a student should be able to:-
  • Describe the effects of global warming and pollution on plants and terrestrial ecosystems
  • Describe the links between basic plant physiology and understanding the consequences of environment change.
  • Summarise the direct and indirect effects of environmental change on human populations.
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