Topics in Contemporary Science

Module summary

Module code: ENVI0092
Level: 0
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): ENG & SCI TBA



This course aims to:-

approach a variety of topics of current interest from a basic scientific standpoint;
enhance the students ability to make connections between fundamental principles and 'real' applications.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, the student will:-

undertake a study of a topic of current interest by applying scientific disciplines;
seek and organise relevant material;
demonstrate comprehension of straightforward scientific texts;
discuss and assess qualitative and quantitative data.

Skills Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to acquire, collate and appraise information. The student will be able to critically analyse, synthesise and summarise information as demonstrated through the preparation of an extended essay or poster presentation.

Indicative content

A variety of content is permitted for this course. The exemplars below indicate the level rather than the exact content. It is expected that the approach be broad based rather than in-depth studies.
a. Basic nutrition and health;
b. Catalysts;
c. Chemicals from oils;
d. Communication;
e. Metabolic disorders;
f. Drugs as organic chemicals;
g. Environmental issues;
h. Genetics and genetic engineering / Biotechnology;
i. Medical physics;
j Simple physiological effects of drugs;
k. Water purification;
l. Science in sport.

Teaching and learning activity

This course will be taught by a mixture of lectures, tutorials and workshops with an emphasis on student-centred learning which will be guided by the setting of appropriate formative tasks.


A choice of assessment patterns is available to the college but will be declared before the start of the course.

Coursework - 100%

Pattern A:
Study of a set topic - 50%
2000 words.
Coursework Tasks - 50%
The coursework schedule will be published by the programme team before the course commences. It should not exceed the equivalent of 2 hours under test conditions but may comprise phase tests, problem solving exercises or assignments.

Pattern B:
Poster presentation on a set topic - 50%
Phase Test - 25%
1 hour.
Written assignment - 25%
1 hour.