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 Content and Outline

COURSE CONTENT

 

TOPIC

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Introduction and definitions

  • The environment
  • Environmental Management

Components of the environment

  • Biotic component
  • Abiotic component

 

 

 

 

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The Solar and Stellar systems

  • Concepts covered: Cosmos, nebulae, universe, star, planet, orbit, galaxies, asteroids, comets, meteorites

 

 

 

3

 

The Lithosphere

Structure of earth’s interior

  • Crust
  • Mantle
  • Core

 

 

 

3

 

 

Introduction to geomorphology

  • Continental Drift Theory
  • Evidences of Continental Drift
  • Sea-floor spreading theory
  • Plate Tectonic Theory

 

 

 

4

 

Geomorphic agents and processes

  • Epigene and hypogene processes
  • Extraterrestrial processes
  • Weathering

 

 

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The Atmosphere

  • Gases of the atmosphere
  • Distribution of the layers of the atmosphere

 

4

 

 The hydrosphere

  • Hydrological cycle
  • Hazardous effects of poor quality

 

 

2

 

The Biosphere

  • World biomes

2

 

Climatology and resources

  • Weather and Climate
  • Factors influencing the climate of a place

 

4

 

Solar radiation

  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • How does heat from the sun reach the earth’s surface?
  • What happens to solar radiation energy before it reaches the earth’s surface?
  • Energy balance in the atmosphere

 

 

 

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Impacts of  man’s activities on global systems

  • The Greenhouse Effect and global warming
  • Causes of global warming
  • Effects of global warming
  • Ozone layer depletion
  • Effects of ozone layer depletion on human health

 

 

 

8

Practicals and visual aids

12

 

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Hands-on work in the industry

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes