Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Environmental Fate of Contaminants

This course provides a comprehensive demonstration of the entire life cycle of environmental water samples. From sample taking to analysis and data interpretation, it combines theory with extensive hands-on experience.

In this course, we'll:

  • introduce you to current and advanced chemical analytical techniques for environmental water analysis, from principle through to hands-on experience
  • provide an overview of inorganic and organic contaminants in ground- and surface waters
  • enable you to qualitatively and quantitatively assess the fate of different contaminants in aqueous environments.

This course is also delivered on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes in the School of Engineering, and you will attend alongside full and part time registered students.

Course Dates

  • Monday 19 - Friday 23 February 2018

The number of places available on this course is limited. Please contact the Professional Development Unit for confirmation that places are still available.

  • Week commencing 19 February 2018: All week
  • (Optional) Friday 2 March 2018: 09.00-13.00

The optional session covers processing of the data collected during the practicals. If you would like to be formally assessed, you must attend this session as it is crucial for the coursework. However, you might also find it interesting as a closure to some of the questions raised in the course.

Objectives and Outline

Environmental Fate of Contaminants

Course Objectives

By the time you've finished this course, you'll be able to:

  • identify appropriate sampling approaches and preservation techniques for environmental water samples
  • give examples of contaminant classification and the nature of diffuse and point-source pollution
  • describe the origin, properties and fate of major organic and inorganic contaminants in ground- and surface water
  • explain the principles of organic and inorganic contaminant identification and quantification, using examples
  • assess the fate of contaminants in aqueous environments, providing qualitative and quantitative descriptions

You'll also have learnt how to:

  • use appropriate sampling approaches and preservation techniques for environmental water samples
  • design and carry out organic and inorganic contaminant quantification using a variety of analytical methods
  • critically analyse and discuss your laboratory data
  • produce professional reports of your data and discussion, including referencing of literature, in the context of relevant national and international environmental regulations and legislation
  • apply your knowledge of the processes determining contaminant fate to develop models for field sites

Course Outline

In this course, we combine theory with practice:

  • we'll provide background information in the form of lectures
  • you'll apply the theory in the extensive field and lab based component

This will provide you with hands-on experience in advanced current analytical methods for organic and inorganic contaminant quantification.

Topics include:

  • (field) experimental design and sampling strategies and techniques
  • sources and types of water contamination
  • inorganic and organic contaminants and analytical methods for their quantification
  • processes determining the fate of organic and inorganic contaminants
  • examples from current research projects and case studies, including qualitative and quantitative modelling
  • discussion, analysis and critique of measured data

The field trip will provide you with:

  • experience of water sampling
  • examples of different polluted water sources
  • knowledge of the principles of aqueous sample pre-treatment and preservation, partly carried out in the lab

You'll carry out the lab practical on your own collected samples:

  • ICP-MS: metals
  • IC: anions
  • HPLC/LC-MS: soluble organic contaminants
  • GC-MS/GC-ECD: volatile organic contaminants

Course Dates

  • Monday 19 - Friday 23 February 2018

The number of places available on this course is limited. Please contact the Professional Development Unit for confirmation that places are still available.

  • Week commencing 19 February 2018: All week
  • (Optional) Friday 2 March 2018: 09.00-13.00

The optional session covers processing of the data collected during the practicals. If you would like to be formally assessed, you must attend this session as it is crucial for the coursework. However, you might also find it interesting as a closure to some of the questions raised in the course.

Further Information

Environmental Fate of Contaminants

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8111) on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Presenters

Environmental Fate of Contaminants

Presenters

Newcastle University

School of Engineering

Fees

Environmental Fate of Contaminants

Fees

  • Environmental Fate of Contaminants
    • £1325

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

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Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).