Module title: Environmental Toxicology [Hong Kong]

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ENV09600
Module leader: Jay Mackinnon
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science


2020/1, Trimester 1, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: HONG KONG
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jay Mackinnon
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
A combination of a core text on Moodle [VLE] which includes exercises (LOs1-5) with introductory lectures and tutorials which incorporate problem solving and data interpretation exercises (LOs1-6) will be used to develop knowledge and understanding together with scientific and employability skills. This enables students to engage with research literature. Students will work in groups in the laboratory practicals to set up experiments which will allow them to generate data for hazard assessment (LO6).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment occurs in tutorials: data interpretation questions similar to those presented in the final exam are attempted by students in class with guidance and immediate feedback from the tutor. An early examination at the end of Unit One assesses the basic knowledge that will be applied later in the module, allowing students and staff to assess progress and giving an opportunity for early feedback.

Summative Assessment:
A laboratory report assesses analysis, presentation, interpretation and discussion of results from one of the laboratory practicals. This builds upon analysis and interpretation skills incorporated in tutorials. A formal examination at the end of the module assesses knowledge, understanding and skills in the interpretation of scientific data and application of data to problems.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Face To Face Tutorial 13
Independent Learning Guided independent study 160
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 20 1-3 4 HOURS= 1.5, WORDS= 0
Report 30 6 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will study the effect of pollutants on living systems (from cell to individuals and ecosystems) and the methods used to assess toxicity. You will practice bioassay design and interpretation including experimental laboratory work and computation of relationships between exposure and response to toxic substances. You will interpret and apply the findings of field and laboratory studies from the literature and learn to apply scientific information for environmental protection. You will learn about important pollutants such as pesticides, metals and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. You will also learn about the sources and environmental fate of pollutants, their uptake into living systems and transfer through living systems.
Subject matter: Introduction to toxicology and ecology and their core concepts. Transport and fate of contaminants in the abiotic environment and within organisms and ecosystems. Hazard assessment and risk assessment in the context of environmental pollution. Experimental design for toxicity bioassays. Effects and mode of action of pollutants. Methods for environmental monitoring and environmental protection. Data interpretation. Short-term and long-term toxicity tests will be conducted and the resulting data analysed.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Compare and contrast the effects, disposition and mode of toxic action of pollutants.
LO2: Critically reflect on the means by which pollutants are taken up and transferred through living systems and communities.
LO3: Examine the relationship between exposure and response for various toxicants, including the estimation of EC50 values.
LO4: Evaluate methods used to assess the toxic effects of individual and multiple pollutants on organisms, populations and ecosystems.
LO5: Apply knowledge of the disposition and effects of toxicants and understanding of the environmental risk assessment process to assess the likelihood of environmental harm.
LO6: Conduct, analyse and report the results of an experiment.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
ENV09600 Applied Toxicology