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Cursus: GEO3-2119
Environmental Chemistry and Health
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / Niveau3 (Bachelor Gevorderd)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geowetenschappen; Undergraduate School Geowetenschappen; B Global Sustainability Science;
ContactpersoonW.D.C. Schenkeveld
dr. U. Gehring
Overige cursussen docent
prof. dr. J. Griffioen
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
W.D.C. Schenkeveld
Overige cursussen docent
2  (11-11-2019 t/m 31-01-2020)
TimeslotB: DI-ochtend, DO-middag, DO-namiddag
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 16-09-2019 08:00 t/m 29-09-2019 23:59
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
Na-inschrijving geopendvanaf 21-10-2019 08:00 t/m 22-10-2019 23:59
Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
After this course, the student is able to:

-      describe how environmental issues translate into health concerns

-      apply the concepts of chemical speciation and bioavailability

-      understand and describe the distinct behavior of contaminants and nutrients in the environment as well as the processes that drive this behavior

-      understand adverse effects of chemicals human health and wildlife

-      understand and apply approaches to (environmental) risk assessment for humans and ecosystems

After the course the student can apply these principles and theory in a ‘real world’ case study.

The overarching aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of how environmental issues translate into health concerns. The source-pathway-receptor chain is used as a guiding conceptual model and the course topic is approached from the  complementary disciplines environmental chemistry, toxicology and epidemiology.

In the part on environmental chemistry the concepts of chemical speciation and bioavailability will be introduced, and the distinct behavior of contaminants and nutrients in the environment as well as the processes that drive this behavior will be explained.

The environmental toxicology and epidemiology parts will introduce the study of the adverse effects of chemicals on human health and wildlife, including concepts such as dose (concentration)- effect relationships. In addition, the approaches to (environmental) risk assessment are explained, which include knowledge on the exposure, as well as effects of compounds at the molecular, cellular, whole organism and ecosystem level. The similarities and differences in risk assessment for humans and ecosystems will be introduced.

Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen
  • Ingeschreven voor één van de volgende opleidingen
    • Global Sustainability Science
    • Milieu-natuurwetenschappen
    • Natuurwetenschap en Innovatiemanagement
General knowledge of chemistry, biochemistry and physiology; basic knowledge of and skills in statistics.
It is highly advised to have completed at least the first year of the Bachelor’s programme.
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
Chemistry of System Earth (GEO1-2206), Research Skills GSS (GEO1-2515) or Onderzoeksvaardigheden (GEO1-2204) and Statistics (GEO2-2217)
Verplicht materiaal
Aanbevolen materiaal
Literature (text books, articles, etc.) will be announced later
Case study


Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
During the case study the division of time and labour in the self-study time will be arranged by the case study group together with the case study supervisor.

Bijdrage aan groepswerk
The case study work will be performed in groups. Students are supposed to organize and distribute, together with their supervisor, the tasks among the group members. End products are group oral and written presentations of the case study report, with all students providing a clearly recognizable individual contribution.

Lectures and tutorials

The course includes both theoretical and practical work. Theory is presented in the first 7 course weeks in lectures and interactive group work, with exercises and discussion of recent scientific papers on specific environmental health issues.

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
The course has been scheduled in timeslot B with relatively many contact hours during the first 7 weeks of the course (in addition to the reading of background literature that will be discussed during the lectures and classes and the case study work) and more time for self-study/case study work during the last 3 weeks.

Minimum cijfer-

The theoretical part will be completed with written exams/tests in week 6 and 10. The result of these tests will determine 60% of the final grade. Final grades are further determined (40%) by the quality of the case study report and presentation.

Aspecten van academische vorming
Gebruiken van informatie- en communicatietechnologie ('computer literacy')

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