Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
This module aims to introduce fundamental principles of pollution and the effects on ecology and the wider environment. Using multidisciplinary laboratory techniques, students will gain an overview of contemporary pollution issues. A range of remediation techniques for polluted environments and ecosystems will also be evaluated and assessed practically in the laboratory. This module advances concepts covered in NS5204 Ecological Impact Assessment and Monitoring.
The module allows students to develop a scientific understanding of pollution in the environment by examining and evaluating a range of case studies. It introduces a range of different pollutants in various ecosystems, before considering the effect of these on ecology in its widest sense. Species and ecosystems are considered as receptors, transporters and indicators of pollution. Strategies to prevent and control pollution on land, in water and in the air are also discussed. Remediation, including bioremediation using microbes and plants is considered as well as the potential to develop new ecosystems onpreviously-contaminated land. The module concludes by considering global pollution including recent anthropogenic-induced climate change.
1. Explain the main chemical and biological features of complex pollution incidents and critically assess the impact various contaminants might have on an ecosystem
2. Understand the regulatory basis of pollution prevention and control in the UK
3. Understand, and be able to apply, the key biological, physical and chemical methods used to remediate contaminated sites or reduce/eliminate the discharge of pollutants to the environment
4. Critically evaluate environmental pollution issues and the processes that influence their source, pathway and receptors
5. Investigate the variability in environmental quality encountered both naturally and after human interference in natural systems;
6. Apply specific laboratory tests to quantify aspects of pollution monitoring
A course map contains a list of the individual study units, called modules, that you study to complete your course. Some modules are compulsory, but you can sometimes choose modules outside your core area of study which interest you.
A module is a self-contained, individual unit of study. The module descriptor provides various details about the module including who the module tutor is, what you will be studying, how you will be assessed and what you will have learned once you have completed the module.
Course maps and module descriptors from previous years can be found in the Course Resources Archive.