Module: Environmental Technology

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Dr Philip Staddon
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    200 hours
  • Contact hrs

    40 hours
  • Teaching Period

    October – March

Module content

This postgraduate module is designed to give students a knowledge and understanding of environmental monitoring of soil, air and water particularly the way in which they affect agriculture and are affected by agriculture, of new advances in biogeochemistry and the analytical techniques used to understand how the agriculture is affecting and is affected the major flows of energy and materials (nutrients and pollutants) at a local, regional and global scale, and the interactions between climate weather and agriculture. 

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a thorough and deep understanding of the influences of environmental factors on agriculture
  2. Demonstrate a thorough and deep understanding of how agriculture affects the environment
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the approaches to environmental measuring and monitoring, including dealing with uncertainty 


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Coursework based on an assignment set as a follow-up to a visit to an agricultural research institute 50%
Examination 1 x 2 hour unseen exam 50%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Schlesinger, W. H. and Bernhardt, E. S. (2013) Biogeochemistry: an analysis of global change (3rd edn).  Academic Press
  • Barry, R. G. and Chorley, R. J. (2010) Atmosphere, Weather and Climate (9th edn) Routledge
  • Smith, K. (2013) Environmental Hazards: Assessing Risk and Reducing Disaster. (6th edn)  Routledge
  • O’Riordan, T. (ed.) (2016) Environmental Science for Environmental Management (2nd edn). Routledge
  • Paul, E. A. (ed.) (2015) Soil Microbiology, Ecology and Biochemistry (4th edn) Academic Press