CME8010 : Pollution Sources, Impacts, Monitoring and Control (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To give the students an appreciation of the potential impact industrial processes may have upon the natural environment and examine methods of assessing impacts, prevention and control with emphasis on aquatic pollution. To describe the sources, prevention and control of pollutants and the legislative background. The course will allow the students to understand and interpret effluent standards and consent conditions and some of the methods used in pollution assessment.

Students will be required in groups to research and present information regarding pollutants of current concern, their impact and control and present these to the rest of the class.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to sources pollutants their control and regulation; principles of pollution control; emissions trading; effluent standards; organic pollution and eutrophication; acidification; toxic pollutants and ecotoxicology; thermal pollution; oil pollution; water quality monitoring; biological monitoring; environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:302:30Exam and oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading301:0030:00seminar preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity51:005:00group learning
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study113:3013:30Review lecture material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures underpin knowledge of pollution sources, regulations, impacts and control. Student seminars allow deeper more concentrated understanding and awareness of certain major pollutants and allow students to improve their presentation skills.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A70N/A
Oral Presentation301M30Group presentation, with written handout, on a class of pollutants, effect, impacts and control, 30-50 minutes.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Examination is an appropriate way to assess theoretical understanding. The presentation assesses research and communication skills relating to in depth investigation of current thinking regarding Environmental pollutants.

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