Full Title:Environmental Communication and Critique
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:53595
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:In this module, students will explore and critically appraise topical environmental issues. Students will develop their skills in information gathering, management and communication
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Source and critically review scientific literature
  2. Summarise and communicate key points and issues from published scientific articles
  3. Discuss and critique environmental issues
  4. Compile relevant literature and write a critical review of the literature consulted

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Evolution of environmental issues; preservationism, modern environmentalism, globalisation of environmental issues; role and impact of environmentalism in modern world
Scientific writing skills; Harvard referencing; Managing a literature database; Literature critique; Structuring a literature review
Student led discussions and debates on emerging environmental topics
Sample literature review titles
The influence of forestry and vegetation on fish populations; Management strategies for small streams; A comparative assessment of farming practices and their impacts on the environment; Integrated Catchment Management; Mitigation of diffuse pollution using critical source area approaches; A comparison of sustainable energy options; A review of Environmental legislation and its effectiveness
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Presentation Students will present the findings from their literature review in a 10 minute presentation 1,2,3 20.00 0 0 Sem 1 End 0
Written Report Students will submit a literature review based on an environmental topic. 1,2,4 30.00 0 0 Week 11 0
Other A range of Continuous Assessments will be examined, including: Press Release (10%), students will review an emerging research topic and write a non-technical summary; Press coverage (10%), each student will select a media article for class discussion; Scientific critique (10%), group evaluation of scientific articles in-class; Planning document (10%), students will submit a literature review planning document; Resource management (10%), students will set up a database (e.g. Access) for managing their literature review resources 1,2,3,4 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Tutorial A range of tutorials will be delivered including: scientific writing, research methods, presentation skills 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lecture Environmentalism and emerging issues 1.00 Every Second Week 0.50
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Discussion and debate of environmental issues 1.00 Every Second Week 0.50
Independent Study Sourcing and evaluating literature. 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Martha Davis, Kaaron Joann Davis, Marion Dunagan 2012, Scientific Papers and Presentations : Navigating Scientific Communication in Today‚Äôs World, 3rd Ed. Ed., Academic Press
  • Lebrun, J 2007, Scientific writing : a reader and writer's guide, World Scientific Pub Co Pte
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Carter, N. 2001, The politics of the environment, Cambridge
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_SENVI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Bioscience 5 Mandatory
659 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Bioscience 5 Mandatory