BIO2018 : Pollution of Air, Water & Soil 1
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Professor Jerry Barnes
- Lecturer: Dr Simon Peacock
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
To provide a sound platform of understanding relating to the sources, movement and effects of pollution on atmospheric, terrestrial and freshwater environments, leading into BIO3031 PAWS 2 (to be delivered at 3rd year). By the end of the course students will appreciate the scale and extent of pollution impacts and be able to place modern problems in a historical content.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module will provide students with an introduction to the sources, movement and effects of pollution on atmospheric, terrestrial and freshwater environments. The course will review the history of pollution and the development of monitoring techniques and risk assessment approaches, in a bid to highlight the scale and nature of current pollution issues and abatement policy-drivers.
History of air pollution and its effects, including development of concepts. Emission, dispersion and deposition of pollutants. Bio-monitoring of air pollution. Examples of major air pollutants: SO2, NOx, O3, NHx. The forest decline controversy. Sources and impacts of soil pollution. Biology of freshwater pollution, organic pollution and eutrophication; acidification. Heavy metal contaminants. Radionuclides. Agricultural pollution.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||5:00||5:00||Group report|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:30||1:30||Final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||12||0:30||6:00||Revision for final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||5:00||5:00||Group presentation (including preparation time)|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||1||3:00||3:00||1 x 3 hour|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||12||1:00||12:00||Completion of post-lecture directed reading|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||1||3:00||3:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||15||1:00||15:00||Lecture/practical follow up|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||37:30||37:30||Study of lectures, ReCap, Blackboard etc.|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures will enable an appreciation of pollution history, methods of study and the consequences. The practical will present and encourage a critical review of current research on different aspects of pollution. Other coursework is directed towards preparing information in a concise manner, encouraging teamwork, and developing presentation and report-writing skills (delivered and tested in class). The fieldwork will deliver first-hand appreciation of current research in air pollution and an understanding of the relationship between plants and air pollution.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Computer assessment||1||M||10||Biostress Practical|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||15||Group presentation|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The formal exam is in two parts. The essays invite critical discussion of issues, some of which involve integration of material from different sources. The range of questions will allow some scope for the special interests to be displayed. ranging from mechanistics to policy issues. The compulsory questions are to test knowledge of facts and comprehension across the subject. The practical will enable interpretation of modelled plant community outcomes as a result of environmental change.
Coursework requires each group (4 students maximum) to make a 15 minute oral presentation for subsequent discussion in class, and the submission of a 5000-word (max length) report (team produced and peer assessed).
Study Abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. Study Abroad students should contact the school to discuss this.