Course code FMI330

FMI330 Effect and Biomarker Methods in Toxicology

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Course responsible: Knut Erik Tollefsen
Teachers: Dag Anders Brede, Hans-Christian Teien, Jorunn Elisabeth Olsen, Knut Asbjørn Solhaug
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block.
Course frequency: Anually
First time: Study year 2017-2018
Preferential right:
Course contents:
To educate, train and develop basic knowledge on biological effects and biomarker methods and their applications in (eco)toxicology for potential use in research and regulations. Lectures: Focus on the theoretical basis for assessment of exposure, effects and risk of stressors of natural and anthropological origin including experimental designs, study planning, execution of toxicity studies, statistical approaches and principles of scientific dissemination. Demonstration/practical work: practical laboratory exercises to conduct toxicity testing using methods that span multiple levels of organization including molecular, cellular and whole organism responses. Interpretation, discussion and reporting of scientific data in oral and written formats.
Learning outcome:
The students are expected to obtain an overview over (eco)toxicological testing principles and be able to conduct experimental studies using simple study designs. The course gives an introduction to (eco)toxicology including toxicity principles and practical toxicity testing such as test design, execution, statistical testing and data interpretation. The students will be introduced to principles of scientific reporting (oral and writing) and will receive hands-on training in the different steps mentioned above.
Learning activities:
FMI330 deals with the assessment of exposure, effects and risk of stressors of natural and anthropological origin. A combination of lectures to provide the theoretical basis of understanding the principles of (eco)toxicology and practical demonstrations/exercises to develop competence to design, execute, interpret and disseminate scientific data is anticipated. Production of a scientific report in journal format, and presenting and discuss the findings as a scientific presentation is expected. All activities will be conducted in the August block.
Teaching support:
Guidance during the laboratory exercises. Supervision associated with the scientific report. Canvas.
Handouts from lectures published on Canvas. Supporting literature: Selected peer-review articles, book chapters and reports of relevance provided on Canvas.
KJM100, BIO100, STAT100, or similar.
Recommended prerequisites:
MINA200, FMI309/FMI310, or similar.
Mandatory activity:
Presenting the scientific work orally and submitting the scientific report is compulsory. Participation at the first lecture and the laboratory course is compulsory. All compulsory activities will be specified at the beginning of the semester.
Presentation and scientific report must be passed to pass the course. Grading scale: Pass/Fail.
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 28 hours. (Eco)toxicology, effect studies, toxic effects, experimental study design, execution of studies, statistical testing, data interpretation, reporting of scientific data in oral and written formats. Laboratory exercise: 36 hours. Experimental exercise, toxicity assessment, statistical testing, and scientific reporting (written and oral). Scientific reporting (written and oral): 86 hours. Scientific report and scientific presentation.
The course is mandatory in M-MINA Field of study Environmental Pollution and Ecotoxicology and M-RAD.
An external examiner will evaluate the oral presentation and the scientific report.
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