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Ecotoxicology and environmental risk assessment (Nankai) DUMF5119

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is the study of toxic and hazardous substances, as well as the adverse effects of anthropogenic activities on different biological levels, from the molecular to the ecosystem, and also concerning the fate of contaminants in the ecosystem. Those reactions and adaptability of the biological systems on xenobiotics also are introduced here.


16 x 2-hour sessions

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Nankai JGS Environmental Science programme.

Excluded Courses





Summative Assessment

■ Coursework in the form of an essay 3,000 words in length (30% of grade)

■ A written exam to be convened in class (70% of grade)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

By explaining the principal of ecotoxicology and discussion during the course, the students are required to read the latest scientific literature, in order to fully understand the theoretical research and practical application of ecotoxicology.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Discuss basic concepts and principal theories in toxicology;

■ Explain toxicant absorption and toxic kinetics;

■ Describe research methodologies;

■ Critically asses factors of effect toxicity, including metals, inorganic and organic pollutants;

■ Discuss environmental impacts of pollutants;

■ Explain environmental risk assessment;

■ Critically assess ecological remediation measures;

Discuss appropriate regulatory issues.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.