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Course Overview

This course provides a foundation in understanding and managing environmental pollution.

Divided into contaminated land, waste, air, freshwater and marine pollution, each week the subject, legislative and regulatory context, site investigation and appraisal, and management are introduced.

Guest speakers from industry join the course each week (from Remedios, SEPA, ACC) giving you access to the reality of the role and important contact with practitioners.

Each theme also has an associated practical element to provide hands on experience in techniques in environmental pollution, providing you with a grounding in the assessment and management of environmental pollutants.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Gareth Norton

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of BI1508 Ecology and Environmental Science (Passed) or BI1509 Ecology and Environmental Science (Passed) or BI1511 Ecology and Environmental Science (Passed) or BI15P1 Introduction to Soils (Passed) or BI2001 Community Ecology (Passed) or BI2009 Biological Enhanced Skills Training (Best) (Passed) or BI2016 Community Ecology (Passed) or BI2019 Community Ecology (Passed) or BI2020 Ecology (Passed) or BI25P2 Biological Topics in Plant and Soil Science (Passed) or BI25P3 Biological Topics in Plant and Soil Science (Passed) or BI25P4 Plants, People, and the Environment (Passed) or EV3001 Global Soil Geography (Passed) or EV3801 Environmental Analysis (Passed) or EV3802 Environmental Analysis (Passed) or SS3008 Global Soil Geography (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

  • Development of legislation for contaminated land.
  • Classification and impacts of contaminants of concern in terrestrial systems.
  • Application of risk assessment models in environmental diagnostics.
  • Sources and effects of water pollution.
  • Monitoring and assessment approaches.
  • Regulation and control of water (freshwater/marine) pollution.
  • Harm caused by atmospheric pollution.
  • Measurement and interpretation of data associated with atmospheric pollution.
  • Pollution mitigation and sustainable development.

Associated Costs


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour examination (50%) and in-course assessment (50%). In-course assessment is based on two assignments related to the practical sessions.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be provided during this interaction and during student-led discussions and tutor-led tutorials.


Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each task. Feedback will be provided as written comments. Groups will also be given generic feedback.

Course Learning Outcomes


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