ENV-306 / 3 credits

Teacher: Schirmer Kristin

Language: English


Summary

Ecotoxicology aims to understand the impact of chemicals and other stressors on organisms in the environment with a particular focus on population-, community- and ecosystem effects. Based on a mechanistic understanding, the ultimate goal is to be able to protect the respective environment.

Content

Keywords

Fate and effect of chemicals in the environment, environmental toxicology, risk assessment

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Some basic knowledge in environmental chemistry and biology are of advantage

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • interpret chemical properities
  • compute chemical distribution
  • evaluate toxicity data
  • judge chemical risks
  • anticipate modes of toxic action
  • synthesize information regarding risks of chemicals
  • characterize ways of exposure in environment
  • characterize chemical distribution in an organism

Transversal skills

  • Collect data.
  • Make an oral presentation.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
  • Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
  • Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.
  • Evaluate one's own performance in the team, receive and respond appropriately to feedback.
  • Negotiate effectively within the group.
  • Take responsibility for health and safety of self and others in a working context.

Teaching methods

Lecture and exercises. Exercises focus on practical issues, such as estimation of exposure based on knowledge on chemical caracteristics and interpretation of ecotoxicological information available from public databases.

Note: this course will be taught primarily on-line via zoom.

Expected student activities

working in pairs on semester exercise (data base search and interpretation); working on exercises throughout the course; preparing a poster and presenting it at the end of the course

Assessment methods

Exercises 20 %, written exam 80 % (closed books)

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum No
Others contact via email

Resources

Notes/Handbook

The material covered will be available as pdf on moodle prior to each class.

Moodle Link

Prerequisite for

Fate and behaviour of organic pollutants (master)

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Ecotoxicology
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Ecotoxicology
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

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