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CEG8111 : Environmental Fate of Contaminants (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module’s aims are:
a) to demonstrate the entire life cycle of environmental water samples from sample taking to analysis and data interpretation;
b) to introduce current and advanced chemical analytical techniques for environmental water analysis, from principle of analysis to hands-on experience;
c) to provide an overview of inorganic and organic contaminants in ground- and surface water; and
d) to enable the students to qualitatively and quantitatively assess the fate of different contaminants in aqueous environments.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module combines theory with practice by providing background information in the form of lectures, which is then applied in the extensive field/lab based component (2.5 days), providing hands-on experience in advanced current analytical methods for organic and inorganic contaminant quantification.
Topics in lectures include:
(Field) Experimental design and sampling strategies & 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 modelling (qualitative, quantitative)
Discussion, analysis and critiquing of measured data

Field trip:
water sampling, examples of different polluted water sources, principles of aqueous sample pre-treatment and preservation (partly carried out in the lab)

Lab practical (on own collected samples):
ICP-MS - metals,
IC - anions,
HPLC/LC-MS - soluble organic contaminants,
GC-MS/GC-ECD - volatile organic contaminants

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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