KE6013 - Environmental Pollution

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module, you will develop a holistic viewpoint on issues surrounding environmental pollution, pollution impacts on human health, environmental history of pollution and approaches to pollution management and mitigation. You will engage with a range of contemporary issues across air quality management, contaminated land and water pollution; appreciate the wider context of historical and pre-historical pollution; analyse and interpret environmental data using a range of modelling techniques (for example, contaminated land software, atmospheric dispersion modelling software) and evaluate different types of interventions that can be used to alleviate/control the effects/impacts of pollutants; develop an appreciation of the role and utility of isotopes and their application to pollution studies; and develop a good working knowledge of the regulatory systems that exist for air, water and soil pollution control at global, European, national and/or local levels. On completion of the module, your ability to link theory and application will serve to enhance your future employment prospects.

How will I learn on this module?

In this module, you will learn through lectures, seminars, field visits and IT workshops. In addition to timetabled sessions, your independent study will be guided and supported through your engagement with a range of interactive learning resources accessible on-line via the module eLP site, including electronic reading lists.

Lectures will be used to overview key issues and concepts across the range of topics covered on the module, and participation in seminars, IT workshops and local field visits will enable you to consolidate the links between theory, practice and application.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Throughout the module you will engage in small group activities during which you will benefit from peer interaction and support from the teaching staff. In the workshops, for example, you will interact closely with teaching staff who will provide formative support and feedback on activities leading up to the assessment tasks.

Each topic will be further supported by on-line resources available via the module eLP site. These resources include an interactive reading list with on-line access to a number of key cutting-edge journal articles and aligned with your lecture programme.
Teaching staff operate an ‘open door’ policy for students meaning you can approach them anytime during normal office hours, or via email, to answer questions, receive feedback and support your learning on the module.


Teaching staff operate an ‘open door’ policy for students meaning you can approach them anytime during normal office hours, or via email, to answer questions, receive feedback and support your learning on the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO 1: From a holistic perspective, critically analyse issues surrounding air, soil and water quality and appreciate both the temporal and spatial nature of such pollution and the health impacts of selected air, soil and/or water pollutants.
• MLO 2: Review and evaluate the regulatory systems that exist for air, water and/or soil pollution control at global, European, national and/or local levels and how different types of interventions can be used to alleviate the effects/impact of these pollutants.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO 3: Select and evaluate appropriate interventions in relation to air pollution management.
• MLO 4: Demonstrate effective report writing skills, critical thinking and an ability to synthesise a range of literature sources.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO 5: Develop and demonstrate an informed concern about human health, wellbeing and environmental justice.

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment for this module is a portfolio comprising three tasks:
-an individual air pollution oral report (40% weighting);
-a contaminated land report (30%; 1000 words);
-a water pollution report (30% weighting; 1000 words);

The project/enquiry-based nature of this portfolio will enable you to integrate theoretical and applied aspects of air/water/soil pollution.

The summative portfolio will test MLOs 1 –5. Specifically - Air: MLOs 1,2,3,4,5, Land: MLOs 1,2,4,5. Water: MLOs 1,2,4,5.

Formative assessments form part of the workshop activities.

Written feedback, together with the mark awarded, will enable you to feed forward key aspects into assessments in other modules at both levels 6 and 7.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

On this module, you will engage with a range of contemporary issues across air quality management, water pollution and contaminated land, informed by/grounded in staff research; analyse and interpret environmental data using a range of modelling techniques; evaluate different types of interventions; develop an appreciation of the role and utility of isotopes and their application to pollution studies or the monitoring of noise pollution; and develop a good working knowledge of the regulatory systems that exist for air, water and soil pollution. Practical-based IT workshop elements of the module focus learning on how to evaluate data by actively modelling. Assessment on the module will be through project/enquiry-based tasks building up a portfolio, which will enable you to integrate theoretical and applied aspects of air/water/soil pollution. On completion of the module, your ability to link theory and application, with an informed concern about human health, wellbeing and environmental justice will serve to enhance your future employment prospects.

Course info

UCAS Code F840

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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