Module Identifier RS32910  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr John Warren  
Semester Semester 2  
Assessment Assignment     50%  
  Exam   2 Hours   50%  

Aims of the module

To describe the types and effects of the major water/land pollutants in the UK environment, and evaluate the impact of specific agricultural practices on aquatic and terrestrial habitats. To analyse and evaluate the methods of pollution management and conrtrol at local and regional levels.

Syllabus / Curriculum design

The lecture course will cover aspects of water/land pollution, including eutrophication and the nitrate problem in agriculture; effects of organic matter with emphasis on agricultural wastes; heavy metal contamination; pesticides; leachates from contaminated land; types of pollution control measures; introduction to environmnetal law UK/EC pollution legislation; waste management options and targets; domestic waste treatment; agricultural waste management. Visits and practicals will highlight local examples of the control of organic matter pollutants, and the assessment of biological indicators of pollutants in aquatic habitats.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

i)   describe the types and extent of water/land pollutants in the UK;

ii)   outline the process(es) causing the pollutant(s) problem;

iii)   evaluate the ecological impact of the pollutant(s) in UK aquatic and terrestrial environments;

iv)   evaluate the impact of specific agricultural practices on habitats;

v)   describe the methods available for waste management and waste treatment;

vi)   outline the options and methods available for farm waste management;

vii)   explain the types of pollution control measures used in the UK (advisory, economic,legislative framework, EC directives,
   international pollution control agreements).

Reading Lists

Ball S. (1997) Ball and Bell on environmental law. 4th. Blackstone
Blackhurst J and Payne M. (1997) Agricultural pollution. Sweet and Maxwell
(1997) Digest of Environmental Statistics No. 19, 1997. Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
Environment Agency. (1998) The state of the environment of England and Wales; Fresh Water. Stationery Office
Farmer A. (1997) Managing environmental pollution. Routledge
Goudie A. (1993) Human impact on the natural environment. 4th. Blackwell
Hawke N and Kovaleva. (1998) Agri-environmental law and policy. Cavendish
(1999) NSCA Pollution Handbook. National Society of Clean Air and Environment Protection
Shaw I C and Chadwick J. (1998) Principles of environmental toxicology. Taylor and Francis
Taylor A (ed). (1995) Environmental problems associated with soil in Britain; a review. Scottish Natural Heritage
Abel P D. (1996) Water pollution biology. 2nd. Taylor and Francis
Beeby A. (1993) Applied ecology. Chapman and Hall