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Environmental and Water Science Programme

Water is the cornerstone of life as we know it.  We live in a world where more and more people rely on a limited water supply.  South Africa with an average annual rainfall of 500mm has limited water resources. If we do not understand our water resources and the environments where they occur, we cannot manage them and then will be heading for disaster.

If you are interested in the interaction of humans with the environment, the processes operating in the environment and affecting our water resources and the influence of natural phenomena on the environment, this degree is for you.

We build skills to assess and manage environmental issues related to surface water, groundwater, soils, climate and land use. Our modules focus, amongst others, on:  

  • The protection of our water resources from over-exploitation and pollution.
  • Understanding soils for conservation and erosion control and food security.
  • Land, water and vulnerability assessments using Geographical Information Systems for map creation
Degrees Offered
  • B.Sc (Environmental and Water Science)

EWP 131

Undergraduate Programmes - Environmental and Water Science Programme

Home Department

Earth Sciences

Module Topic

Introduction to the Atmosphere and Hydrosphere

Generic Module Name

Environmental and Water Science 131

Alpha-numeric Code

EWP131

Numeric Code

-

Credit Value

15

Duration

Semester

Proposed semester

First

Programmes in which the module will be offered

BSc Environmental and Water Science

Level

5

Main Outcomes

At the end of the module students will be able to:

  •  Explain the main components of and processes active in the Atmosphere and Hydrosphere

Main Content

  • The Earth’s atmosphere
  • The Earth’s radiation balance
  •  Winds and global circulation
  •  Atmospheric circulation and weather over South Africa
  •  The hydrological cycle
  •  Drainage basin characteristics
  •  Surface and subsurface water

Pre-requisite modules

None

Co-requisite modules

None

Prohibited module Combination

None

A.Breakdown of Learning Time 

Hours

B. Time-table  Requirement per week

Contact with lecturer / tutor:

42

Lectures p.w.

3

Assignments & tasks:

11

Practicals p.w.

1

Practicals:

42

Tutorials p.w.

1

Assessments

11

Selfstudy

44

Other: Please specify

Total Learning Time

150

Assessment Methods

(CFA)

Continuous Assessment 50%

Final semester examination 50%

 

EWP 132

Undergraduate Programmes - Environmental and Water Science Programme

Home Department

Earth Sciences

Module Topic

Introduction to the Biosphere and Lithosphere

Generic Module Name

Environmental and Water Science EWP132

Alpha-numeric Code

EWP132

Numeric Code

Credit Value

15

Duration

Semester

Proposed semester

Second

Programmes in which the module will be offered

BSc Environmental and Water Science

Level

5

Main Outcomes

At the end of the module students will be able to:

  •  Explain the main components of and processes active in the Biosphere and Lithosphere

Main Content

  •  Terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems,
  •  Biomes
  •  Nutrient cycling,
  • Biodiversity and ecological regions of the Wolrd 
  • Introduction to Geomorphology 
  • Fluvial processes and landforms 
  • Weathering and mass wasting

Pre-requisite modules

None

Co-requisite modules

None

Prohibited module Combination

none

A.Breakdown of Learning Time  

Hours

B. Time-table  Requirement per week

Contact with lecturer / tutor:

42

Lectures p.w.3(3 Hours)

Assignments & tasks:

11

Practicals p.w.1 (3 Hours

Practicals:

42

Tutorials p.w.1 (1 Hour)

Assessments

11

Selfstudy

44

Other: Please specify

Total Learning Time

Assessment Methods

(CFA)

Continuous Assessment 50% - Final semester examination 50%

 

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