Module Identifier BS25210  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr John Scullion  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   16 x 1h lectures  
  Practical   5 x 3 hour practicals  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours written examination  60%
Semester Assessment Laboratory & case study report (1800 words)  40%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours written examination  60%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed coursework or alternative.  40%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, stuents should be able to:


The main classes of chemical contaminants of land, air and water will be outlined briefly. The differences in properties between these environments will be discussed with particular reference to the implications for risk assessments associated with the setting of environmental standards. Design of sampling programmes and methods for taking, storing and preparing samples will be considered. A range of analytical techniques used in monitoring soil, air and water quality will be outlined and the importance of QA/QC measures emphasised. Overall, there will be a strong emphasis on the how methodologies affect the reliability of data produced and their relationship to published environmental quality standards.
A series of practicals will give students experience in sample analysis and data interpretation for a case study based on Aberystwyth Harbour.

Brief description

This module consists of a series of lectures that introduce students to some of the problems associated with collecting reliable data for environmental investigations. It will consider aspects of the entire process from sample collection through laboratory analysis to data interpretation. It will emphasise the integral link between protocols for investigation and associated environmental standards.

Module Skills

Problem_solving The range of samples analysed in practical classes will require students to modify procedures set out in the schedule, to detail those modifications and their purpose and to include some comment in their report as to implications for interpreting findings.  
Research skills Evaluation of datasets and of the reliability of analytical data will contribute to research capabilities. Practical skills in analytical techniques will provide experience of measurement procedures.  
Communication Scientific writing skills will be developed in the report for laboratory practicals and for case study.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be responsible for accessing environmental quality datasets and publications against which to evaluate their data.  
Team work Laboratory practicals will involve students working collaboratively in pairs.  
Information Technology A variety of software packages will be used for report writing and data presentation in assignments.  
Application of Number Numerical and data handling skills will be developed in practical work.  
Personal Development and Career planning Skills developed in this module will have value for subsequent careers in environmental management and regulation.  
Subject Specific Skills Basic competence in laboratory work, including QA issues. Understanding of issues related to risk assessment and link to measurement protocols.  


This module is at CQFW Level 5