University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Ecology, Environmental Science
Taught In English
STAT1070; BIOL1002 or BIOL1070 (or BIOL1050)
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThe course provides students with an introduction to the field of ecotoxicology: the study of the fate and effects of contaminants in ecosystems. Students will gain knowledge of the principles and current theoretical issues within the field. The course models the process of conducting collaborative scientific research in the field of ecotoxicology from hypothesis formulation, to design, sampling, analysis and dissemination of findings through a variety of scientific contexts. As such, the course provides students with an understanding of experimental design and analysis, designing and performing ecotoxicological research, and the skills of presenting findings in both written and oral scientific settings.LEARNING OUTCOMES1. Navigate and synthesise the scientific literature to gain a detailed knowledge of the sub-discipline area of ecotoxicology;2. Apply knowledge of ecotoxicological theory to new environmental situations;3. Interpret, summarise, validate and critique ecotoxicological data from the scientific literature;4. Collect and analyse field and/or laboratory data.5. Interpret and analyse statistical data;6. Make informed management decisions based on data;7. Work as part of a team to design, plan, carry out, analyse and report the findings of an experiment in ecotoxicology;8. Communicate findings to a scientific audience in both written and oral formats.CONTENTContaminants and their fate in ecosystemsMajor classes of contaminantsRoutes by which contaminants enter ecosystemsEnvironmental fate of contaminants in individuals and ecosystemsThe effects of contaminants on individual organismsToxicity testingBiochemical and molecular effects of contaminantsPhysiological, organ level, individual and behavioural effects of contaminantsInteractive effects of contaminantsBiomonitorsBiomarkersEffects of contaminants on populations and communitiesPopulation level effects and population dynamicsEvolutionary responses to environmental stressorsCommunity and ecosystem level effectsExperimental design and data analysisEcological risk assessment and environmental managementBioremediationASSESSMENT ITEMSWritten Assignment: CritiquesWritten Assignment: Draft Paper, Peer Review, Final Paper and Letter to EditorProposal / Plan: Research ProposalFormal Examination: Final Examination
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.