Water, air & soil pollution
Water, air & soil pollution 2023-24
School Of Natural Sciences
Module - Semester 1
The lecture order is subject to change in order, but will include the following topics:
Lecture 1: Introduction to soil quality
Lecture 2: Key concept: Soil water
Lecture 3: Key concept: Nutrient cycling in ecosystems
Lecture 4: Key concept: Soil biology and biodiversity
Lecture 5: Key concept: Greenhouse gas emissions from soil
Lecture 6: Key concept: Nutrient function and plant uptake
Lecture 7: Key concept: The rhizosphere
Lecture 8: Key concept: Mycorrhizas and N2 fixation
Lecture 9: Global problems I: Soil salinity
Lecture 10: Global problems II: Soil acidity
Lecture 11: Global problems III: Human and animal pathogens
Lecture 12: Global problems IV: Organic pollutants
Lecture 13: Global problems V: Food security
Lecture 14: Global problems VI: Heavy metals
Lecture 15: Global problems VII: Water use and conservation
Lecture 16: Global problems VIII: Soil erosion
Lecture 17: Global problems IX: Microplastics
Lecture 18: Global problems I: Ammonia, methane and nitrous oxide
Lecture 19: Global problems II: Indoor air pollution
Lecture 20: Global problems III: Radioactivity
Lecture 21: Global problems I: Pesticides and pollutants
Lecture 22: Global problems II: Eutrophication
Lecture 23 Global problems III: Sewage and waterborne diseases
-threshold -Grade D- to D+- Knowledge of key areas/principles only- Some weaknesses in understanding of main areas- Limited evidence of background study- Answer only poorly focussed on question and with some irrelevant material and poor structure- Arguments presented but lack coherence- Several factual/computational errors- No original interpretation - Only major links between topics are described- Limited problem solving- Many weaknesses in presentation and accuracy- No use of background reading
-good -Grade C- to Grade B+- Strong knowledge- Understands most but not all- Evidence of background study- Focussed answer with good structure- Arguments presented coherently- Mostly free of factual/computational errors -Some limited original interpretation - Well known links between topics are described- Problems addressed by existing methods/approaches -Good presentation with accurate communication- Good use of background reading material within work
-excellent -Grade A- and above-Comprehensive knowledge- Detailed understanding - Extensive background study- Highly focussed answer and well structured- Logically presented and defended arguments- No factual/computational errors- Original interpretation - New links between topics are developed- New approach to a problem- Excellent presentation with very accurate communication- Excellent use of background reading material within work and especially journal articles
- Conduct statistical analyses of data and critically assess the results
- Gain a practical knowledge of chemical analysis methods to quantitatively determine pollution. levels.
- Observe in the field, different contaminated soils and the factors which caused this pollution.
- Produce scientific reports
- Understand what properties control pollutant movement in the environment and how they may be controlled.
- Understand what regulates air, soil and water quality from a scientific and legislative perspective.
- Work collaboratively within practical classes communicate data effectively
Practical Report 1 (Soil Quality Experimental Report) The practical report for the Soil Quality practical consists of laboratory fill-in sheets, graphs of standard curves generated in the practical session, statistical analysis/workings as necessary and answers to the short answer questions.
Practical Report 2 (Soil and water pollution) This practical is designed to teach you about how to measure contaminants in soil and water. The contaminants we will be testing for include both inorganic pollutants (heavy metals), organic pollutants (e.g. phenols) and biological contaminants. These represent some of the diagnostic field and lab tests used by the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales when evaluating post-industrial or contaminated sites. The practical is designed to take you through (1) laboratory analysis of solid and liquid samples, (2) interpretation of the results, and (3) report writing.
Exam (Centrally Scheduled)
Exam for Water, Air and Soil Pollution The exam consists of answering three essay questions out of a potential eight questions.