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.
|Paper title||Environmental Physics|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,059.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,627.65|
- One of PHSI 131, PHSI 132, PHSI 191, PHSI 110
- Pre or Corequisite
- MATH 160 or MATH 170
- Schedule C
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- Teaching staff
- Course co-ordinator: Dr Inga Smith
Dr Annika Seppälä
- Text books are not required for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship,
Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research,
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- 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