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Aquatic Ecotoxicology MLJ650

The aim of this course is to give the students an introduction to environmental science and ecotoxicology, and to contribute to the student's knowledge about how pollutant chemicals released in nature may cause adverse effects in organsisms, populations and ecosystems. Both terrestrial and aquatic issues are addressed in the course, although the main focus will be on aquatic environments.

Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.

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Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience

Learning outcome
The main learning outcome for the student shall be a general knowledge in the essentials of environmental science and an ability to explain the main aspects related to various forms of anthropogenic pollutant chemicals and their potential adverse effects in nature. After taking the course the student shall also have a good overview about the most important methods and study approaches used in studies and research of environmental pollutant chemicals.
Tematically the coulse include the following elements:
  • Classification of pollutant chemicals and different kinds of pollution.
  • Major sources of pollution from industries and the society.
  • Pollution issues related to terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Environmental behaviour and fate of pollutant chemicals
  • Uptake and distribution of pollutants in organisms
  • Biological effects of pollutant chemicals in individual organisms and populations
  • Standardised methods for assessment of chemical toxicity
  • Methods used in environmental monitoring and environmental risk assessment
  • Environmental regulation of chemicals
  • Environmental issues in offshore oil and gas industry
  • Ecotoxicology in the Arctic environment
  • Climatic issues and ocean acidification issues
  • Emerging environmental pollutants
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Recommended prerequisites
It is recommended that the students prior to this course have a basic competence level within general chemistry, organic chemistry, general biology and biochemistry.
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours A - F None permitted

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Daniela Maria Pampanin
Course coordinator: Daniela Maria Pampanin
Head of Department: Ingunn Westvik Jolma
Method of work
4 hours lectures and 4 hours exercises a week. The course is based primarily on a series of lectures, but it will also include one practical laboratory group work exercise.
Open for
Biological Chemistry - Biotechnology - Bachelor's Degree Programme Chemistry and Environmental Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Biological Chemistry - Master of Science Degree Programme Environmental Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology
Course assessment
Forms and/or discussion.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Aquatic Ecotoxicology (MET220) 10
Ecotoxicology (MBI100) 5
Offshore Industry and External Environment (MOT490) 5
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