Syllabus for Ecotoxicology

Ekotoxikologi

A revised version of the syllabus is available.

  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1BG308
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2007-11-06
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2008
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits including alternative 1) 40 credit points/60 credits biology and 20 credit points/30 credits chemistry or 20 credit points/30 credits earth sciences; alternative 2) 60 credit points/90 credits biology. In both cases, the biology should contain Toxicology least 4 credit points/6 credits.

  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

During this course the students will acquire knowledge and skills that facilitate an overall assessment of the distribution, fate, and effects of chemicals within different biological organisational levels in the environment. To that end toxicological concepts and definitions introduced under the Bachelor's course in toxicology will be further developed and used as a valuable and important tool. After the course, the student shall be able to:

  • present sources, routes, biotransformation, and distribution in the environment of foreign chemicals
  • present and explain negative effects of foreign chemicals on different biological organisational levels
  • estimate the probability of a toxic effects on a low organisational level (e.g. cell) to also have impacts on high organisational level (e.g. individual, population) based on inherent properties (e.g. toxicity, persistence and bioavailability) of the chemical
  • retrieve and critically evaluate toxicological information from different sources (Internet-based databases, guides, scientific articles etc.)
  • independently perform and present (orally and in written form) classification and labelling of chemicals dangerous for the environment
  • independently perform and present (orally and in written form) an environmental risk assessment of a plant protection product

Content

Environmental chemistry: This part comprises an overview of different chemical groups of anthropogenic origin (pesticides, industrial chemicals, drugs) present in the environment. Focus will be towards their sources, routes, biotransformation and distribution between different parts of the environment.

Effects of anthropogenic chemicals: This part comprises negative effects of chemicals on different biological organisation levels (cell, organs, organism, population, ecosystem) with focus directed towards mechanistic issues. Two or three students per group perform two separate projects. The first deals with consequences of an accidental discharge into a river of a chemical dangerous for the environment. and the second is about monitoring of changes, if any, in an ecosystem due to measures against discharges of toxic chemicals.

Hazard assessment: This part comprises retrieval and critical evaluation of toxicological information form different sources (internet-based databases, hand books, scientific articles etc.) for classification and labelling of chemicals. The students perform as an individual project a classification and labelling of chemicals dangerous for the environment according to EU guidelines and present their findings orally and in written form. According to current legislation the chemical industry is responsible for classification and labelling of chemicals.

Environmental risk assessment: This part comprises environmental risk assessment of plant protection products according to EU guidelines. Two or three students per group perform such a risk assessment of a given plant protection product and present their findings orally and in written form. According to current EU legislation the use plant protection products must approved at national level by the competent - Swedish Chemicals Agency.

Modules: Theory 10 credits; Project work 5 credits

Instruction

Teaching methods: Lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory sessions. Attendance at the laboratory work and connected lessons is compulsory.

Assessment

Theory: Written exam equivalent to 10 credits. Project work: Written and oral presentation and opposition on other student's projects equivalent to 5 credits.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.