Undergraduate Course: Environmental Pollution (ECSC09005)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Ecological Science
||Other subject area||Environmental Courses
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This course deals with major problems of pollution of the atmosphere, water, the land surface and the food chain. It covers processes responsible for the occurrence and release of pollutants in the environment, dispersion mechanisms, the hazards associated with different types of pollutant, problems of accumulation of toxic substances, and procedures for the reduction of emissions and remediation of contaminated environments.
The course includes lectures, tutorials, field trips and visits to research institutes, modelling work, essay writing, and an exercise in handling research data and writing a report.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
Soil, Water and Atmospheric Processes (ECSC08003)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1)
||Learn enabled: Yes
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 21,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6,
External Visit Hours 9,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
| By the end of the course, students will have a broad, integrated understanding of the major problems associated with pollution of the atmosphere, water, the land surface and the food chain.
Students will be expected to be familiar with and have an understanding of:
- The causes of global warming, ozone depletion, enhanced N and S emissions and urban air pollution;
- How pollution is caused by nuclear fuel production, processing of spent fuel and disposal of radioactive wastes;
- Problems of pollution of the food chain by potentially toxic elements and persistent organic pollutions;
- The difference between persistent and biodegradable pesticides and how pesticides residues may be quantified;
- Procedures and prospects for reducing unwanted emissions to the environment and remediation of already polluted systems
Students will learn how to draw on a range of sources to assist making judgements and will be aware of a selection of the principal and specialised skills employed in this field. They will learn how to use, interpret and evaluate numerical and graphical data relevant to environmental pollution.
|In course assessment (one essay plus a second assignment with a quantitative component, and one final degree exam|
||The following book will be the key course reference book:
- M.K. Hill. Understanding Environmental Pollution. Cambridge University Press, 3rd Edition, 2010.
Other recommended books that cover particular elements of the course are:
- C. Baird and M. Cann. Environmental Chemistry. W.H. Freeman, 4th Edition, 2008.
- M.Z. Jacobson. Atmospheric Pollution, History, Science and Regulation. Cambridge University Press, 2002.
- J. Houghton. Global Warming, the Complete Briefing. Cambridge University Press, 3rd Edition, 2004.
A book covering relevant basic chemical concepts:
- C.V.A. Duke and C.D. Williams, Chemistry for Environmental and Earth Sciences. Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Please see the course handbook for further information on recommended reading for each section of the course.
|Course organiser||Dr Margaret Graham
Tel: (0131 6)50 4767
|Course secretary||Ms Meredith Corey
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430
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