Earth’s Physical Environment
The course focuses on the analysis of the physical and chemical
processes within the earth’s systems and interactions among the ecospheres as
well as their impact on the human habitat. It explores certain fundamental
ideas about the planet earth including the constituents of the earth, the
structure and earth’s internal movements, geomorphology, weather and climatology
and the earth’s spheres.
This course links
the understanding of human and physical phenomena in the environment with the
consequences of their interactions. The course is also vital to students in
identifying the impacts of human activities on climate changes (greenhouse
effects, ozone layer depletion and global warming) which are a threat worldwide
today hence making them well suited to work out solutions to the said global
By the end of this
course, the student should be able to:
the earth’s physical characteristics and their potential values
weather and climate patterns at local, regional and international scale
the in-depth description of the
earth’s solar systems, its implications with regard to man’s activities
and design measures to reduce the impacts
the interactions of man’s activities on the changing global environment
and the entire planet, and address the present changing climatic phenomena
completing the course is expected to:
an understanding of the principles of scientific investigation as they apply to
Earth’s physical systems and processes.
and explain the processes of Earth’s physical systems: weather and climate,
water, ecosystems, geologic processes and landform development.
an understanding of the interactions among the Earth’s physical systems.
an understanding of the modifications humans make to the environment through
interactions with Earth’s physical systems.