Courses Catalogue

Earth’s Physical Environment

COURSE CODE: ENV1207
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

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.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

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 challenges.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the earth’s physical characteristics and their potential values
  • Analyze weather and climate patterns at local, regional and international scale
  • Discuss 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
  • Discuss the interactions of man’s activities on the changing global environment and the entire planet, and address the present changing climatic phenomena

 

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

A student completing the course is expected to:

§  Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of scientific investigation as they apply to Earth’s physical systems and processes.

§  Describe and explain the processes of Earth’s physical systems: weather and climate, water, ecosystems, geologic processes and landform development.

§  Demonstrate an understanding of the interactions among the Earth’s physical systems.

§  Demonstrate an understanding of the modifications humans make to the environment through interactions with Earth’s physical systems.