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The key scientific principles of the subject should be developed throughout the course, using examples to illustrate these whenever appropriate.

Environmental science is a holistic subject with many interconnected systems and processes. A change to one process can affect many other processes over different spatial and temporal scales.

Consideration of environmental issues and the conclusions reached should be based on reliable evidence-based information and quantitative data.

Students must develop an understanding of how human society relies upon natural systems for resources and life support systems.

An understanding of these systems should be used to propose changes in society that would produce sustainable lifestyles.

The requirements set out in scientific principles must be integrated into theoretical and practical contexts where appropriate.