CEG8606 : Sources, Fates and Control of Pollutants

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 significance.
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 considered.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Coursework (report)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading201:0020:00Lecture write-up.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork18:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study115:3015:30Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A60Unseen written examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M40Report of approximately 1000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The specialist knowledge and understanding imparted during this module are assessed by means of an unseen written examination and a single coursework item (a report summarising the sources, properties and environmental fate of a key environmental pollutant). The examination paper employs a range of approaches in order to accurately assess student abilities. These may include essay, calculation, data interpretation, and multi-part questions.

An alternative assessment will be set for any Semester 1 Study Abroad student taking this module, who will not be in Newcastle during the January assessment period.

Reading Lists