Course code MINA200

MINA200 Pollution - Environment

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Course responsible: Trine Aulstad Sogn Tomasgaard
Teachers: Gudny Okkenhaug, Deborah Helen Oughton, Gerard Cornelissen
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum 10 students.
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2004H
Preferential right:
B-MINA.
Course contents:
Lectures: Definitions of pollutants and environmental toxins with reference to radionuclides, metals, organic pollutants/pesticides, atmospheric sulphur and nitrogen compounds and climate gases. Substance characteristics, compound structures and microchemical reactions. Actual transport routes. The importance of hydrolysis, polymerising, ion change and selective binding, chemical absorption, complexes and chelates, precipitation and co-precipitation, colloidal compounds in water and redox reactions in soil, water and sediments for transport and availability of pollutants and environmental toxins. Practicals: Four individual cases are worked on and a written report is handed in for evaluation. Cases may vary from year to year. Up to two students can work together on an assignment.  Alle the case report must be handed in and evaluated as passed. The semester assignment is a poster: This is written on a topic of choice within the subject. The topic will be approved by the teacher.The examiner returns the assignments With a grade which accounts for 35% of the grade given in the subject. Up to two students can work together on an assignment.
Learning outcome:
To understand the important processes relevant to the fate of pollutants and environmental toxins in nature. To understand how pollutants and environmental toxins are deposited in nature, how they can be transported and how they can be retained in the atmosphere, hydrosphere and the terrestrial environment. In addition, examples of biological effects will be given without any explanation of the toxicological mechanisms. The students will have a good background to evaluate most pollutants and environmental toxins in an objective way.
Learning activities:
The subject matter is interdisciplinary which is true for all parts of the course. The lectures are used for communicating facts, but it is important for giving the topic the necessary uniform profile. The practicals are on simple cases and they are an important part in working out simple estimates. The semester assignment is written on a topic of choice within the subject. This will give a possibility to focus more on certain parts of the topic and also give exercises in presentation of the chosen topic.
Teaching support:
-
Syllabus:
Gary W. van Loon and Stephan J. Duffy.
Prerequisites:
MATH100, KJM100.
Recommended prerequisites:
GEO100, JORD101, JORD160, KJM120, BIO130.
Assessment:
Final oral examination:50%. Assessment of cases (all must be passed): The average of the 3 best scoeres accounts for 15% of the grade. The semester assignment, a poster: 35%. All parts must be passed.
Nominal workload:
300 hours in total. Lectures + exercises + presentations: 50 hours. Own effort: 250 hours (preparations, work on case and semester assignment).
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
-
Type of course:
Lectures: 36 hours. Exercises: 16 hours.
Note:
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Examiner:
The external examiner will be involved in the planning, execution and revision (evaluation) of the course. The final oral examination will be assessed by the external examiner.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / F