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:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Last time: 2021H
Preferential right:
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. 
Learning outcome:
The student should understand the important processes relevant to the fate of pollutants and environmental toxins in nature. They should 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. The student will be able to do rough estimations related to environmental pollution. The student will obtain 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:
Gary W. van Loon and Stephan J. Duffy.
MATH100, KJM100.
Recommended prerequisites:
GEO100, JORD101, JORD160, KJM120, BIO130.

Portfolio assessment:

  • Final written exam 50%,
  • One case 15%
  • Semester thesis/poster 35%

All parts must be passed to pass the course.

Grading scale: A-E/Not passed

Nominal workload:
250 hours in total. Lectures + exercises + presentations: 50 hours. Own effort: 200 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.
The external examiner will be involved in the planning, execution and revision (evaluation) of the course. The final exam will be assessed by the external examiner.
Examination details: Portfolio: Letter grades