As part of a new environmental science degree introduce at UWC, a new course in Environmental Physics was developed during the last few years. The course is presented at second and third year level, as a second major course presented in the physics department. The curriculum pay particular attention to Southern African circumstances, especially towards energy needs and supply. Since the course is very much geared towards application of physics in this field, the understanding and applying of the physical principles is most important. The course is presented following the conceptual physics model used in one of our first year courses, with participation of students in class discussions, projects and personal presentation, data capturing from internet, etc. Due to the specific location in the Western Cape the students visited several industrial and other sites where these concepts are in practical usage. The paper will deal in more detail with the course content and presentation mode, the content selection, as well as the presentation mode and student participation.

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Development of an environmental physics undergraduate major course

Dirk Knoesen   Department of Physics, University of the Western Cape

As part of a new environmental science degree introduce at UWC, a new course in Environmental Physics was developed during the last few years. The course is presented at second and third year level, as a second major course presented in the physics department. The curriculum pay particular attention to Southern African circumstances, especially towards energy needs and supply. Since the course is very much geared towards application of physics in this field, the understanding and applying of the physical principles is most important. The course is presented following the conceptual physics model used in one of our first year courses, with participation of students in class discussions, projects and personal presentation, data capturing from internet, etc. Due to the specific location in the Western Cape the students visited several industrial and other sites where these concepts are in practical usage. The paper will deal in more detail with the course content and presentation mode, the content selection, as well as the presentation mode and student participation.

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