Environmental Science & Sustainability (Dumfries campus) BSc

Human Impact on the environment DUMF2070

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting 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

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.