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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

A highly interactive course, that uses extensively e-learning platforms to enable students to better understand the assessment of contaminated land. Students will learn how to interpret and apply current risk assessment regulations and predict as well as model contaminant pathways. Students will gain valuable experience in using the latest computer software and incorporate real data in order to quantify risk. Very importantly, students will be able to forecast remediation options for a variety of situations and consider the implications and processes involved.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Lenka Maderova

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Course Description

Aims: To enable students to develop a theoretical grounding in this important topic and to link this to the application and policy issues accordingly. A component of the course will focus on training students in key skills suited to a remediation officer that operates as part of a large company or as a regulator. By the end of the course students should be able to: 1. demonstrate understanding of what constitutes contamination; the factors that make pollutants available; the suitability of techniques to address specific environmental issues; and how scientific questions link to social, political and regulatory parameters; 2. predict pollutant pathways; source key information for remediation; develop and implement sample strategies; and 3. relate academic findings to non-expert groups. Deal with kinetic models and predictive concepts; write in a scientific style using suitable language.

Associated Costs


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 25 - 29
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 25 - 29
  • 1 Lecture during University week30

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Continuous assessment based on developing Phase I and Phase II environmental reports plus a pitch presentation

Resit: Resubmission of failed individual elements of continuous assessment

Formative Assessment

Tutorial sessions will be arranged upon students’ request to provide opportunity for student-student and student-tutor interaction. Formative assessment will be provided during this interaction. A strong emphasis will be made throughout the course on informal verbal feedback during these sessions.


Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for the assessments. Feedback will be provided as written comments. Students who are identified as having difficulty in successfully completing the coursework assessment tasks will be invited to meet members of the course team to identify difficulties and discuss solutions.

Course Learning Outcomes


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