Course Description

Course Name

Environmental Physics

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.

Overview

Basic physical processes of the Sun, the atmosphere, the oceans and the Earth. The green-house effect and the role of energy processes. Opportunities for mitigation including new energy technologies.

The aim of this paper is to understand environmental processes by the application of quantitative methods and basic physical ideas. A key focus is on the atmosphere and global warming. Lectures, practical laboratory sessions, assignments and a research essay have been designed to develop analytical and critical-thinking skills through an examination of the peer-reviewed science about climate change.

Learning Outcomes
After completing this paper students will be able to:

  • Use basic physical principles to understand environmental processes with emphasis on the atmosphere and climate change
  • Sketch graphs and diagrams that illustrate fundamental physical phenomena
  • Perform calculations of fundamental physical phenomena
  • Communicate technical information clearly, both in written form and verbally
  • Work cooperatively and productively in a team situation in a laboratory and tutorial setting
  • Develop analytical and critical-thinking skills through an examination of the peer-reviewed science about climate change

*Course content subject to change