Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Advances in Climate Sciences

Module F8513

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module is an introduction to climate science with particular focus on climate feedbacks, climate observations, climate variability and climate analyses. The module will highlight the major challenges in climate sciences (e.g. global carbon cycles and aerosols), and significant climate phenomena, such as El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Practical sessions will enable students to gain hands-on experience in creating climate analysis and statistical plots using real-life data from climate observatories and outputs from existing climate models.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the climate system.

Understand the cause of climate change and variability.

Understand the key elements of climate models and their predictions.

Summarise key debates and uncertainties in the climate change.

Identify research topics and develop independent research questions on the climate change.

Understand the approaches used in climate analyses and evaluations.

Essay (4000 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 2 Thu 16:0090.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
PresentationT1 Week 9 (5 minutes)100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterPractical2 hours111110111111
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111110111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

Dr Fae Dussart

Assess convenor

Dr Yi Wang


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