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Module

CEG2609 : Research Methods in Environmental Pollution

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Shannon Flynn
  • Lecturer: Dr Martin Cooke, Dr Simon Peacock
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module will introduce the theoretical and practical aspects of environmental pollution analysis. The aim is to enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles and theory of environmental pollution analysis, the selection of approapreate instrumental (such as ICP-OES, ICP-MS, Ion-Chromatography) and to provide a training on assessing data quality and interpretation.

Outline Of Syllabus

The lectures in this module introduce the theoretical and practical aspects of the sampling of environmental media such as water, soil and sediment. A review of basic chemistry, both organic and inorganic, is taught at the start of the module to ensure that all students have sufficient chemical knowledge to complete the module. Basic analytical concepts are covered, with particular emphasis on the monitoring and interpretation of data quality. Lastly, the operation of analytical techniques such as ICP-OES, ICP-MS, and Ion-Chromatography are explained, along with the shortcomings of each approach. Field sampling of soils, along with step by step walk throughs of sample preparation and analysis, interactive discussion and data analysis practicals will allow students to understand the principles of environmental monitoring from sample collection to data analysis and preparing them for their dissertation and potential careers in which either environmental sampling or data analysis is required. Data interpretation and data quality will be the focus of the synchronous computer practicals.

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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