Course code VANN300

VANN300 Water Pollution I

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Course responsible: Gunnhild Riise
Teachers: Leif Ståle Haaland, Nils-Otto Kitterød, Thomas Rohrlack
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN, 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 2003-2004
Last time: 2022H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course is a continuation of water courses at bachelor levels and covers pollution and processes in fresh water (lakes) in connection with eutrophication, erosion, acidification, environmental pollutants, agricultural and road runoff. The contribution of man-made sources are evaluated against natural processes and dynamics in terrestrial and limnic systems (climate, light, temperature, natural organic material, etc.) are . Responses to pollution in surface water are closely linked to hydrological processes. The course presents a precipitation runoff model that is relevant to water quality. The course consists of lectures, group presentations, excursions and semester assignments. The group presentations include 1) Climate and acidification and 2) Eutrophication. The excursions go to: 1) Up streams areas of the Halden watercourse (compulsory) and 2) NVE (relevant topics mandatory for the final exam).
Learning outcome:

After completing the exam, the candidate must:

Have up-to-date and good insight into typical types of pollution and processes in fresh water (lakes)

Be able to assess causes of water pollution and understand connections between pollution sources and response in fresh water

Be able to distinguish man-made and natural sources of nutrients, acidification, heavy metals etc. in fresh water

Be able to link hydrological processes and water quality in lakes as part of a comprehensive assessment of pollution at a drainage basin level

Have knowledge of natural variations in water quality and uncertainty in measured and calculated effects of pollution sources and possible measures

Be able to contribute to water research and a knowledge-based and future-oriented water management

Learning activities:
Lectures, excursion, student lectures.
Teaching support:
Individual guidance and discussion as needed. Use of e-mail and Canvas.
Reports, articles, textbooks and lecture notes.
VANN200, VANN210, VANN220.
Recommended prerequisites:
JORD200, JORD210
Mandatory activity:
One to two excursions, student lectures, exercises.

Total assessment:

  • Oral exam: 60%.
  • Semester assignment with presentation and discussion: 40%.

Both parts must be passed.

Grading scale A-E / Not pass.

Nominal workload:
375 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:
Lectures: 58 hours. Exercises: 6 hours. Seminars: student presentation of semester assignment and student lecture: 0.5 hour per student. Excursion: 2 full day.
The course is thought in English on request
An external examiner is used for evaluating the course arrangements and assessing the oral exam.
Examination details: :