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Undergraduate Course: Environmental Pollution (ECSC09005)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description Weeks 1-3: Energy and Environmental Pollution
Weeks 3-5: Local Scale Atmospheric Pollution
Weeks 5-8: Global Scale Atmospheric Pollution
Weeks 8-10: Pollution of the Biosphere
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Soil, Water and Atmospheric Processes (ECSC08003)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( 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 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam: 50%, Course Work: 50 %, Practical Exam: 0%.

Exam in May diet will cover theory and examples from lectures and discussion sessions.
One piece of assessed course work at the end of the second semester (50% of the overall mark).
Please note that there are no assessed attendance requirements on this course.
Feedback There will be a discussion session at the end of each lecture course at which there will be verbal feedback on non-assessed problems that will be made available in advance or during the session. There will be written feedback on assessed coursework which will indicate what you have done well and areas which could be improved. Finally, there will be an opportunity to view examination scripts on which you will find written comments relating to your answers. Examples of feedback can be found here:
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have an understanding of the causes of global warming, ozone depletion, enhanced N and S emissions and urban air pollution;
  2. Have an understanding of how pollution is caused by nuclear fuel production, processing of spent fuel and disposal of radioactive wastes;
  3. Have an understanding of problems of pollution of the food chain by potentially toxic elements and persistent organic pollutions;
  4. Have an understanding of the difference between persistent and biodegradable pesticides and how pesticides residues may be quantified;
  5. Have an understanding of procedures and prospects for reducing unwanted emissions to the environment and remediation of already polluted systems
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 2 two-hour lectures per week.
KeywordsECSC09005 EP
Course organiserDr Margaret Graham
Tel: (0131 6)50 4767
Course secretaryMiss Eilein Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430
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