THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2009/2010
Geochemistry and Health (P01946)
This course consists of 14 one-hour lectures and 6 one-hour tutorial/discussion/presentation sessions. It focuses upon the interactions between the geochemical environment and the health of humans, wildlife and plants. There is particular emphasis on the influence of biogeochemical speciation upon the sources, uptake, effects, transformations and removal of the chemical elements (eg. aluminium, antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, fluorine, iodine, lead, mercury, phosphorus, selenium and zinc)under a variety of conditions in a range of natural and anthropogenically contaminated environments.
? This course is not available to visiting students.
Home subject area
? Normal year taken : Postgraduate
? Contact Teaching Time : 2 hour(s) per week for 10 weeks
All of the following classes
? Additional Class Information : Oral presentations
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
- Possession of fundamental knowledge and understanding of the environmental geochemistry of chemical elements and their influences upon health.
- Ability to interpret relevant environmental data in the context of exposure and health.
- Ability to critically appraise and articulate relevant research literature and to outline future plausible research directions in the field of geochemistry and health.
Written assignment of 2000 words (75% of total assessment)
Oral presentation (25% of total assessment)
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Mrs Frances Stratford
Prof John Farmer
School Website : http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.scieng.ed.ac.uk/