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Module

CEG8606 : Sources, Fates and Control of Pollutants

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Jones
  • Lecturer: Professor Neil Gray
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials201:0020:00Non-synch online. Will be split up into smaller bits
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Synchronous online.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study155:0055:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion21:002:001 hour Non-synch online.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Synchronous online.
Total100:00
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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 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

Timetable