Earth Systems and Resources module (EV21001)

Learn about critical Earth resources, including geology and soils, and the tools used to monitor resource use and environmental change.

On this page


Module code


The module focuses on three main themes:

  1. geological resources
  2. soil science
  3. satellite remote sensing

This allows you to examine deep time to modern processes, to understand the Earth as a system, to examine resource use and extraction, and how we monitor Earth systems through traditional and new techniques.

Specifically, you will study:

  • the development of Earth’s physical environment over geological timescales, and the extraction and use of geological materials for use in society
  • soil formation processes, and their critical importance to life on Earth
  • the basic principles of Remote Sensing as a method for extracting information about the Earth’s surface
  • interlinkages between a number of scientific disciplines and how this is needed to explain and resolve major environmental issues

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • locate and assemble primary and secondary sources of information to develop learning and support coursework
  • develop reasoned arguments
  • apply appropriate basic analytic techniques to environmental data

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • interpret results and draw valid conclusions from them 
  • write a comprehensive report 
  • work, study, and learn independently for specified goals 
  • manage time and set priorities 
  • work as part of a team and respect the viewpoints of others 
  • communicate ideas and information via written, graphical, and verbal techniques 

EV21001 Earth Systems and Resources is a core module for Environmental Science students but is available as an optional module for a wide range of second-year students within the scope of the MA and BSc module catalogues.

Assignments / assessment

  • Assessment 1: Geology report (33.3%)
  • Assessment 2: Soil science report (33.3%)
  • Assessment 3: Remote sensing report (33.3%)

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Fieldtrips


This module is available on following courses: