Syllabus academic year 2007/2008
Higher education credits: 15.
Grading scale: TH.
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand.
TEK095 overlap following cours/es: BIO644, BIO606, BIO644, BIO606, BIO644 och BIOR41.
Optional for: RH4, W4, W4ne, W4ve.
Course coordinator: Olog Berglund, firstname.lastname@example.org, Inst för biologisk grundutbildning.
Prerequisites: The following are required for admission to the course: 90 ECTS credits Science studies including a course corresponding to BIO580 Basic Ecology 15 ECTS credits and Chemisrty 15 ECTS credits.
Assessment: The course concludes with a written or oral examination. Assessment and allocation of the final grade is then made by evaluating each student's work over the entire course. Students who fail the ordinary examination will be given an opportunity to re-sit this shortly afterwards.
Further information: Teaching consists of lectures, group work, laboratory practicals, demonstrations, and students' own projects. All elements of the course apart from lectures are compulsory.
Home page: http://www.biol.lu.se.
The overall aim of the course is to give students a good grasp of basic ecotoxicological theory and practice.
Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must
- be able to give a general outline of the history of ecotoxicology
- be familiar with the terminology of ecotoxicology
- know the most important groups of environmental pollutants and the functional groups and properties that characterise these substances
- understand the basic transport and dispersal mechanisms of different types of pollutants in the environment
- know about the important transformation processes and where these occur
- have an understanding of basic toxicological concepts and know how these can be applied within ecotoxicology
- understand basic principles of how pollutants can directly and indirectly generate effects at the ecosystem level
Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must
- be able to produce, understand, apply and communicate simple theoretical models of how a potential pollutant could affect a given ecosystem
- have had training in different kinds of oral and written presentation and reporting
- have had training in critically analysing data and information
- have been trained in the basic laboratory techniques of environmental chemistry and toxicology.
Central to the course is to give an overall perspective on environmental pollutants covering distribution, chemical properties and persistence to effects on cells, organisms and ecosystems.
Other topics included are:
- toxicology: biochemical and physiological mechanisms for distribution, response/effect
- ecological mechanisms of effects
- the characteristics of pollutants and their fate in the environment
- transformation processes (conversion, degradation, metabolism)
- toxicological and ecotoxicological test methods
- risk analysis
- the link to human health.
The course begins with 1 ½ week of scientific philosophy in collaboration with faculty from The Institution of philosophy. Here, the students are trained in scientific methodology, constructions of hypotheses and testing of hypotheses. Scientific articles are investigated and criticized regarding scientific methodology. The critique and analyses are presented orally and in writing and discussed among the students. These tools in scientific methodology are used by the students later during the course on scientific articles distributed during the different parts of the course.
Two laboratory exercises are conducted during the course.. The first is presented orally and the second orally and in writing (groups of 3-5 students). On the latter lab exercise the presentation is in form of opposition and defence. During both labs related scientific articles are distributed that are presented orally.
A computer exercise in Excel concerning modeling of persistent pollutants and biomagnification is performed in small groups (2-3 students) with oral presentation.
A literatureproject (in groups of 3-5 students) runs during the course. This is presented in writing and orally (45 min lecture) with opposition at the end of the course. Each group also author a question for the written exam based on their literature project.
According to a list determined by the department, available at least five weeks before the start of the course, see the web-page for Undergraduate Studies in Biology.