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Ecotoxicology – Theory and Practice
|Master programme in||
Environmental Biology * / Environmental Risk * / Environmental Science
|Type of activity||
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|Number of participants||
There is a maximun of 20 studens at this course.
Selection criteria: Drawing lots.
The Master Programme/Institute reserves the right to cancel the course if fewer than 8 studentes are registered for the course.
|Responsible for the activity||
Henriette Selck (email@example.com)
Amalie Thit Bruus Jensen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Head of study||
Per Meyer Jepsen (email@example.com)
INM Registration & Exams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This course will provide students with an advanced knowledge of the theories and methods applied in modern ecotoxicology and risk assessment of chemical compounds. The theoretical part of the course includes subjects such as: the fate and toxic effects of chemicals in the environment (at molecular, cellular, individual, population, and ecosystem levels), how and why chemicals are regulated, how scientific principles are applied in risk assessment and regulation of chemicals. The practical (laboratory) part of the course provides students with hands-on experience with standard and non-standard methods used in modern ecotoxicology and provide skills to analyse and present data through the preparation of laboratory reports. The course contains lectures, class-room exercises, student presentations and laboratory work and a mini symposium where the results from the laboratory exercises are presented.
|Detailed description of content||
The course consist of a practical part (laboratory course) and a theoretical part.
The course provides knowledge of how contaminants are regulated and includes information on how scientific principles are applied in relation to risk assessment and regulation.
The course includes characterization of contaminants according to their physical and chemical characteristics, which affects their toxicity and environmental fate. Students learn about hazardous compounds and their impact at molecular, cellular, individual, population, community and ecosystem levels. The practical part of the course (laboratory course) gives students hands-on experience with standard and non-standard methods used in modern ecotoxicology.
|Course material and Reading list||
Text book supplementet with primary literature. Reading list will be available on Moodle.
|Overall plan and expected work effort||
This course is a 10 ECTS credit course (approximately ½ of the course is based on lectures and ½ a laboratory course). The expected student workload is ca. 270 hours.
About one third of these hours are contact hours while the remaining two thirds are meant for preparation, data-analysis and writing laboratory reports.
Thus, students are expected to spend at least 3-4 hours on preparation, data analysis or report writing for each 2-hour session.
The student is expected to attend laboratory exercises and lectures, since the exam adresses both the practical and the theoretical part of the course.
|Evaluation and feedback||
The course includes formative evaluation based on dialogue between the students and the teacher(s).
Students are expected to provide constructive critique, feedback and viewpoints during the course if it is needed for the course to have better quality. Every other year at the end of the course, there will also be an evaluation through a questionnaire in SurveyXact. The Study Board will handle all evaluations along with any comments from the course responsible teacher.
Furthermore, students can, in accordance with RUCs ‘feel free to state your views’ strategy through their representatives at the study board, send evaluations, comments or insights form the course to the study board during or after the course.
Programme will be available in Moodle later.
|Overall learning outcomes||
After completing the course, students will be able to:
|Form of examination||
Individual written invigilated exam
The duration of the exam is 4 hours.
Permitted support and preparation materials for the exam: Dictionaries and pocket calculator.
Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Moderation: Internal co-assessor.
|Form of Re-examination||
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
|Type of examination in special cases||
|Examination and assessment criteria||
The invigilated exam is based on questions addressing both the laboratory and the theoretical part of the course. Approximately 40% of the questions will address the laboratory part and 60% the theoretical part.
The questions contain a mix of calculation assignments, questions related to the laboratory work and questions addressing the theoretical course content.