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CEG8606 : Sources, Fates and Control of Pollutants

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Jones
  • Lecturer: Professor Neil Gray
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to provide an advanced level of knowledge of the origin, toxicity,
environmental fate and remediation of key organic & inorganic pollutants.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module introduces some of the key organic and inorganic pollutants of environmental
Lectures cover the history, sources, uses and fates of a wide range of pollutants including metals and
crude oil. They also introduce key concepts such as toxicology and demonstrate how a compound's
chemistry influences its toxicity. The lectures in this module provide a view of biogeochemistry as a
tool in the treatment and control of wastes and will consider accidental pollution events and clean-up
procedures. The ways in which water and wastewater are treated by the water industry are also

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials201:0020:00Mix of non-synchronous online and PiP Will be split up into smaller bits
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion161:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Synchronous online or PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork14:004:00Field trip
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study155:0055:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion21:002:001 hour Non-synch online or PiP
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Specialist knowledge and understanding are primarily imparted via lecture classes, supported by computer-hosted
reference materials and a one-day field trip. Students are encouraged and expected to learn through independent
reading and subsequent reflection. They are supported in this by the provision of a module specific reading list. Additional learning opportunities are provided through participation in, and discussion of, a one-day field trip. Key skills are practised through participation in the field trip.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M100Report of approximately 2000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The specialist skills, knowledge and understanding imparted during this module are assessed by means of a coursework report/essay. The coursework enhances self-learning and reinforces understanding of lecture material and tests knowledge on a range of topics in the module.  The assessment will be suitable for Study Abroad students since the resources needed for its completion will be available online.

Reading Lists