Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Human Impact on the environment DUMF2070

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course evaluates human impacts on environmental systems such as ecosystems, fluvial and coastal systems and discusses management solutions.


8 x 2 hour lecture, 8 x 1 hour seminar, 2 x 6 hour field class, 2 x 3 hour lab class

Requirements of Entry

Students must have obtained a Grade D or better in any Level 1 Environmental Science & Sustainability course to be admitted to this class.

Excluded Courses



Project report (60%)

Essay (40%)

Course Aims

The aims of this course are:

To familiarise students with ways in which humans impact on the environment.

To identify problems associated with non-native invasive species.

To assess human impacts on the coastal zone.

To evaluate human impacts on the fluvial system.

To develop students' knowledge of managing human impacts on the environment.

To develop students' research and report-writing skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of anthropogenic impacts on the environment.

Assess impacts of invasive species on native ecosystems.

Critically evaluate human impacts in the coastal zone.

Critically analyse ways in which humans can impact on the fluvial system.

Research and present findings on human impacts on the environment.

Critically examine management approaches to anthropogenic impacts on the environment.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.