BIO3031 : Pollution of Air, Water and Soil 2 (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To give students an overview of the sources, movement and effects of pollution on atmospheric, terrestrial and freshwater environments. To review the history of pollution and development of techniques and concepts in order to place modern problems in context. To demonstrate changes in ideas and perception of pollution and how controls are dependent on appropriate technology. To provide a thorough understanding of the derivation and application of current trans-continental risk assessment procedures.

Outline Of Syllabus

Pollution climate of UK and Europe
Abatement, Air pollution SWOT analysis, Critical Loads
Biological and chemical monitoring of freshwater pollution
Marine pollution
Toxic pollution - Environmental Quality standards
Water pollution - Legislative Controls
Thermal pollution - hydroelectric power impacts
Oil Pollution
Bioavailability of contaminants
Risk assessment of aerial and terrestrial contaminants
Soil remediation methods

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:306:30Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Situation report (30%)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00Includes 2hrs of seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study131:3031:30Includes 2hrs of seminar prep
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision151:0015:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will impart understanding of atmospheric, aquatic and terrestrial pollution at an advanced level, following on from those concepts explored in Pollution of Air Water and Soil 1 (BIO2018). The seminars will provide opportunities for critical assessment of contemporary environmental pollution problems. The coursework is designed to develop report-writing and collaborative skills.

The four themes and lecturers responsible are:

Marine Molecular Biology – Grant Burgess
Marine Biofouling and Chemical Ecology – Tony Clare
Marine Macroecology – Nick Polunin
Public Understanding of Science – Jane Delany

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M302000 words
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 sources 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 a subject. Coursework is directed towards: a) preparing information in a concise manner, b) using IT sources and c) encouraging teamwork. The situation report incorporates computer based literature resourcing and the collation of the information gathered into a brief report that will supplement information given in lectures

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