NPLK14029U Soil and Water Pollution - Experimental Assessment
MSc Programme in Agriculture
This is an experimental method-based course covering key soil and water chemical and microbiological topics. The aim of the course is to give the students practical and theoretical skills regarding methods used in environmental chemistry and microbiology for studies of polluted environments.
Each student will select two topics for experimental based
project work. Examples of topic areas are:
- Pesticide fate and degradation pathways: mineralization assays using 14C-compounds, molecular detection of the microbial degraders and activity in the environment.
- Natural toxins fate and degradation pathways.
- Metal-microbe interactions: Heavy metal bioavailabilty in soil, use of biosensors, microbial activity, metal resistance, co-selection for antibiotic resistance, metal-antibiotic-biocide cocktail effects.
- Soil remediation and effect on bioavailability and metal speciation.
The learning objectives of the course are to qualify and expand theoretical learning by experimentally method-based teaching in the areas of i) soil and water responses to pollutant load; ii) fate of pollutant in terrestrial and aquatic systems with focus on both chemical and microbiological remedial options for polluted soils and waters, and iii) new technologies for cleaning soils and water.
When the course is finished you should be able to:
- Recognize chemical and microbiological properties typical of polluted soil and water systems
- Describe methods available for predicting the fate of chemical substances in soil and aquatic environments
-Describe analytical procedures, monitoring and remediation strategies for pollutants in terrestrial and aquatic systems
- Display an overview of microbiological methods to study presence and activity of degrader populations
- Display an overview of chemical and microbiological methods to determine bioavailability and toxicity of pollutants in the environment
- Describe methods to determine microbial resistance to anthropogenic pollutants
- Possess detailed knowledge on selected speciation, availability, and degradation experiments.
- Evaluate the critical variables and methods that may be used to quantify a contaminant’s distribution and transformation rate
- Evaluate methods for analysis of microbial degrader populations, microbial activity and transport in soil and water environments
- Evaluate the physicochemical properties, fate and environmental effect of natural and anthropogenic contaminants from own environmental laboratory data.
- Select and discuss utility of chemical and microbiological methods to investigate polluted environments
- Operate selected laboratory set-up and instruments
- Conduct a scientific evaluation of the environmental fate and effects of a contaminant
- Evaluate the potential for biodegradation of environmental pollutants
- Prepare and complete a written report involving laboratory assessments
- Demonstrate overview over selected remediation technologies and understanding of their strengths and weaknesses.
- To be prepared for making master thesis work.
Lecture hand out notes.
Original journal papers.
Laboratory exercise manual.
The goal is to provide students with a hands-on understanding of the fates and effects of pollutants in environmental and biological systems.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 30 minA time period of 30 min is used for preparation for the exam.
Weight: Examination in practical reports: 50%.
Examination in textbook, reviews and original papers: 50%
- Exam registration requirements
- Submit reports
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Criteria for exam assesment
See learning outcome
- Course Preparation