Environmental Science Syllabus

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ENVIRONMENTAL SGIENGE
Effective Examinations for from May/June 2011

The Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examnation i

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RATIONALE .................. AIMS SKILLS AND ABILITIES TO BE ASSESSED PRE-REQUTSTTES THE SYLLABUS................ OF STRUCTURE OF THE SYLLABUS UNIT 1: ECOLOGY. HUMAN POPULATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES ,,..............2 ........4

MODULE 1: FUNDAMENTAL ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES....

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MODULE 2: HUMAN POPULATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT....................10 MODULE 3: SUSTAINABLE USE OF NATURAL RESOURCES........................16

UNIT 2: AGRICULTURE. ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION

MODULE 1: AGRICULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT ..................................26 MODULE 2: ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT MODULE 3: POLLUTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT...... OUTLINE OF ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES REGULATIONS FOR RE-SIT CANDIDATES ASSESSMENTGRID GLOSSARY ..................39 5l 6l ........61 6)

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I AIMS
The syllabus aimsto: l. 2. 3. stimulate interest the environment: in developan understanding the interdisciplinary holisticnatureof the environment; of and developknowledgeand understanding environmental of issues and principlesand the ability to apply theseto environmental management, particularlyin a Caribbean context; developthe ability to identifucritical research questions formulatehypothesis guiding and or statements. develop ability to collect,collate, analyzeand the interpret environmental data; develop the ability to communicateenvironmentalinformation and ideas logically and concisely a variefyof forms; in providean understanding interactions of peopleandthe environment; between increasean awareness the importanceof tiving in harmonywith the environment; of recognizeand evaluatethe socio-economic, political and ethical issuesin Environmental Science; foster positive attitudes,values and commitmentto identifying, solving and preventing problems; environmental developan understanding how naturalresources the environment of and affectquality of life andthe questfor sustainable development the Caribbean. in

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O SKILLSAND ABILITIES BE ASSESSED TO
The skills and abilitieswhich students expected developon completionof the syllabushave are to beengrouped underthreemain headings: (i) (ii) (iii) Knowledge Comprehension; and Applicationof Knowledge; PracticalAbilities.

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Knowledse and Comprehension skills and abilitiesto: The examination will testcandidates' (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) Define terms and explain concepts; processes; describe stateprinciplesandproperties; explaininteractionsandinter-relationships.

Application of Knowledee skills andabilitiesto: The examination will testcandidates' (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) situations; differentenvironmental analyze discuss and and evaluate justify options(for the useof resources); problems; to and alternative solutions environmental compare contrast situations; appropriate differentenvironmental to and selecttechniques methodotogies possible problems; to solutions specificenvironmental suggest data. from environmental draw inferences

Practica,lAbilities skills andabilitiesto: will The examination testcandidates' (i) and appropriateto diferent designs,methodologies instruments selecttechniques, environmentalsituations : parameters; environmental to useinstruments measure collectand collatedata; analyze, interpretand presentdata; usequantitativetechniquesappropriately; problems. developappropriatesolutionsto specificenvironmental

(ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi)

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O PRE-REQUISITES THESYLLABUS OF
EducationCertificate Any personwith a good graspof the contentsof the CaribbeanSecondary or (CSEC)Integrated or or or Science Physics Chemistry Biology or Geography AgriculturalScience shouldbe able to pursuethe courseof study definedby the syllabus. syllabuses, the equivalent, or of participation the courseof...
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