Postgraduate Course: Land Use/Environmental Interactions (PGGE11010)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course deals principally with the relationships between land management and surface and ground water quality. A Case Study approach will be used for much of the course and options for treatment of specific water pollution problems, such as bathing water quality, lake eutrophication, groundwater contamination by agrochemicals, surface water contamination by acidification, ferruginous discharges and sewage, will be evaluated. The course will be useful to students concerned with the protection and management of water resources from the effects of agriculture, forestry, mining, urban and domestic wastes.
Following an introductory session, the course comprises of a series of lectures, workshops and field visits on key areas within the module.
¿ Introduction and overview of the module. Overview of course
assessments and class debates
¿ Sources, delivery and impacts of pollutants and case studies on
¿ Specific pollution case studies - legislation, issues and
¿ Forestry, sources of pollution associated with forestry,
environmental impact, mitigation measures
¿ Socio-economic drivers for rural land use in Scotland (including
the role of landownership).
¿ The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity.
¿ Biodiversity, farmland landscape and management
¿ Environmental impact of pesticides.
¿ Land use/water interactions and the Water Framework Directive
¿ Class Debates (topics chosen by the class)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 44,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||There are 2 pieces of course assessment, namely;
An ESSAY: With reference to a named environmental pollutant or contaminant of your choice, discuss the effect of specific land use practices on the dispersal of these pollutants to ground, surface and coastal waters, and/or target site; the impacts of the pollutant on water quality, the environment, and/or ecosystem function; and cost effective measures for mitigating the impacts of these land use practices. Illustrate your work with specific case studies or examples. The essay accounts for 70% of the total marks.
Prepare a POSTER presentation to communicate the main points of the essay. Emphasis should be on getting your message across to decision makers and land users who have the power to act on your recommendations. Provide a printed A4 version of your poster, and an abstract of your poster (covering no more than a single A4 page) on the day of the poster presentation. The presentations will be given during March 2021. The poster presentations will be marked on four points:
(1) technical content;
(2) quality of text and graphics;
(3) verbal explanation;
(4) the abstract.
This portion of the assessment accounts for the remaining 30% of the total marks.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Have knowledge on identification of opportunities for management and
- Have an understanding of nitrogen transformations, mineralisation,
- Use methods of organic waste management for water pollution control
- Evaluate groundwater quality under various management
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|Course organiser||Dr Alistair Hamilton
Tel: 0131 535 4417
|Course secretary||Mrs Elspeth Martin
Tel: 0131 535 4198