The main aim of the course is to provide a fundamental understanding of the concept environmental assessment. This includes environmental monitoring, data evaluation, and analysis of results in relation to ecological and chemical processes. After completing the course, students should be able to explain how cycling of major constituents influences the environment, and how anthropogenic impact for these substances is separated from natural variation. The course will also demonstrate how environmental assessment programs are planned and implemented.
Additional course evaluations for MX0133
Academic year 2020/2021Environmental assessment (MX0133-30235) 2021-01-18 - 2021-02-17
Academic year 2019/2020Environmental assessment (MX0133-30290) 2020-01-20 - 2020-02-19
Academic year 2018/2019Environmental assessment (MX0133-30160) 2019-01-21 - 2019-02-20
MX0133 Environmental assessment, 7.5 CreditsMiljöanalys
SubjectsBiology Environmental science
Education cycleBachelor’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldFirst cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)
5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to:
- 60 credits in biology or environmental science
- 10 credits in chemistry
ObjectivesThe course aims at communicate a basic understanding of the concept environmental assessment. This includes environmental monitoring, data evaluation and assessment of results in relation to ecological and chemical processes. On completion of the course, the students should be able to account for how the cycles for mainly nitrogen and sulphur influence the environment and how the society carries out environmental monitoring to separate natural variation from anthropogenically induced environmental impact of these subjects. The course should also give exercise in how environmental assessment projects are planned and is carried out. A practical exercise should give experience in implementation of a monitoring project in all parts, including sampling, documentation, lab work, data evaluation and reporting.
On completion of the course the student should be able to:
- explain what environmental assessment imply
- account for the societal guidelines for environmental monitoring
- describe the principle for how an environmental monitoring programme is set up
- account for how anthropogenic release of mainly nitrogen and sulphur influence the environment and how environmental assessment is carried out to study their environmental effects
- account for how biotic indices are used in the environmental assessment
ContentThe course consists of lectures, exercises, laboratory sessions and a project work. In lectures, the concept environmental assessment and how human release of mainly sulphur and nitrogen relate to the need of environmental assessment. At compulsory calculation exercises and laboratory sessions, practical environmental assessment is practiced, from planning and dimensioning of field studies via analytical techniques to evaluation of results and finally establishment of ecological status in relation to guidelines. In a project, environmental assessment is practiced by analysis and evaluation of environmental monitoring data and to compile and present results. Laboratory sessions and exercises are compulsory.
Formats and requirements for examinationTo pass the course, passed results of examination and practical assignments, active participation in compulsory components as well as passed presentation of the project work are required.
- If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
- If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
- If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
- For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.
- The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
- If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.
Additional informationThe course does not have any field work. Data for calculation exercises comes mostly from ongoing national environmental monitoring.
Responsible departmentDepartment of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Ekologi
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Biology and Environmental Science - Bachelor´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Environmental scienceCourse code: MX0133 Application code: SLU-30156 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment Pace: 100%