NS7907: Environmental Pollution and Remediation


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NS7907: Environmental Pollution and Remediation

Module Title Environmental Pollution and Remediation
Module Code NS7907
Module Tutor Liz Hamilton
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module takes a detailed look at specific aspects of land and groundwater pollution. The remediation methods currently employed by the brownfield remediation industry to tackle the most commonly encountered pollutant types are covered with reference to the range of stakeholders involved at local and national levels . We combine analytical methods and modelling techniques to explore pollutant pathways and assess approaches to pollution mitigation. The module uses case studies to take an in-depth look at real environmental pollution issues and the applicable remediation and/or mitigation methods which could be employed in these specific instances.

Indicative Syllabus -

This module will explore:

  • the common types of air, land and groundwater pollutants;
  • the fate of certain pollutants;
  • common remediation methods;
  • laboratory techniques employed in pollutant analysis and/or remediation;
  • examples of remediation methods used locally;
  • site specific issues, including local stakeholder engagement;
  • mitigation methods;
  • basic pollutant modelling.
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of specific pollutants, and their impacts, by drawing upon wider knowledge;
  2. demonstrate and clearly articulate an understanding of current research and how this affects the way the knowledge base is interpreted;
  3. deliver a critical response to a current practice, and to be able to suggest a new or different concept or approach;
  4. design and undertake a substantial inter-disciplinary investigation to address significant area/s of theory and/or practice;
  5. flexibly apply knowledge in unfamiliar contexts through the synthesis of information in innovative ways, in order to generate solutions
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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