Human Impact On The Environment DUMF3030

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • 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.


10 x 2-hour lecture, 7 x 1-hour seminar work, 3 x 6-hour practical field classes.

Requirements of Entry

Students must have achieved a Grade D or better in any Level 2 Environmental Science & Sustainability course to be admitted to this course.


Project report (60%)

Exam (40%)

Main Assessment In: December

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.