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Environmental science

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  • Points: 60
  • Code: S206
  • Level: 2

Student reviews

This is a very complex, heavy course. Extremely fast paced and very very detailed. If you're thinking as you're first level 2 course I'd really reconsider the step up from level 1 to this was hell. My other level 2 is far easier and has been like a step down. I strongly recommend studying s112 before this as you'll be lacking alot of essential background knowledge if you dont

Course starting: October 2018

Review posted: March 2020

Faculty response

Thank you so much for taking the time to study and review S206. Being a 60-credit OU level 2 module that is fundamental to those wanting to pursue a degree in Environmental Science as well as many other degrees in this field, it is designed to build on the foundations laid down in 'Science: concepts and practice' (S112) and 'Environment: journeys through a changing world' (U116), whilst being specific to the science of different environments, and in doing so, its intensity and complexity are slightly higher than studying an OU level 1 module. This module has many knowledgeable and helpful tutors to deliver support and advice, and a wide-range of different tuition strategies, from tutor group-sized tutorials to nationwide tutorials, virtual field trips, interactive field casts and field schools to aid individuals’ learning. The assessment strategy has recently been amended to remove the end of module exam, and is now based on six tutor-marked assignments only, making it less intensive at the conclusion of the module.

This was an online module. I find this difficult, since annotating, underlining, etc. are impossible. Finding past material is also difficult.

Having said that, the module brought the environment alive for me. Almost everything I see outside of the house is now of more interest than it was before.

I chose to attend the field course, in my case on Exmoor. The weather was awful, but the projects we were asked to complete were interesting.

Beth Rudkin

Course starting: October 2018

Review posted: August 2019

Please note

Each of the views expressed above is an individual's very particular response, largely unedited, and should be viewed with that in mind. Since modules are subject to regular updating, some of the issues identified may have already been addressed. In some instances the faculty may have provided a response to a comment. If you have a query about a particular module, please contact your Regional Centre.


Module satisfaction survey

The figures below are taken from a survey of students who sat the exam/completed the end-of-module assessment for the October 2015 presentation of S206. The survey was carried out in 2016.

59 students (a response rate of 29.8%) responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module.

Please note that if the percentage of students who responded to this module survey is below 30% and/or the number of responses is below 23 it means that only a small proportion of students provided feedback and their views as shown here may not be fully representative of all students who studied the module.

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% Count
Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 81.4 48
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 78 46
The module provided good value for money 73.7 42
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 86.4 51
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 70.7 41
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 89.7 52
I would recommend this module to other students 70.7 41
The module met my expectations 72.4 42
I enjoyed studying this module 66.1 39
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 64.4 38
Faculty comment: "The module team would like to thank those who took part in the survey. We take your comments seriously and have addressed your concerns where possible. We have continued to correct any minor errors in the materials and have reviewed some activities to make them clearer. We are conducting a major review of workload and module structure. Feedback continues to improve for the module as a whole through presentations, so we hope the work we are doing is making a difference to students' experience. We are exploring opportunities to widen access to residential field schools for S206 students."
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