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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 Lenka Mbadugha

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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.

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Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Environmental Science
  • BSc Forest Sciences

Contact Teaching Time

88 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


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.

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