MX0152 Environmental assessment, 15.0 CreditsMiljöanalys
Education cycleSecond cycle
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)
Prior knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to:
• 150 ECTS first-cycle courses, including
• 60 ECTS in a scientific subject such as Biology, Agricultural Science, Soil Science, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science or Technology,
• 10 ECTS Chemistry,
• 10 ECTS Biology
• a level of English equivalent to upper-seconday-school English (Engelska 6).
ObjectivesThe course aims at providing knowledge to analyse and assess environmental data to assess environmental status in relation to national and international environmental norms. Focus is on limnic biology and chemistry, terrestrial biology and soil chemistry. The course includes planning of environmental studies, data collection methods, data analysis, evaluation of results, assessment of ecological status, design of indicators and communication of results. An overall goal is that students who have passed the course should be able to use raw data from their own or previously performed environmental monitoring and through statistical analyses and scientific theory to make an ecological status assessment and relate results to relevant norms.
Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:
- plan basic environmental monitoring programs and field experiments,
- apply theoretical and practical knowledge of sampling in both aquatic and terrestrial environments,
- analyse and evaluate data from experiments and environmental monitoring, to analyse, describe and assess both geochemical and biological environmental status,
- apply the critical load concept and the EU Water Directive to assess ecological status,
- describe the pathways, conversions and effects on the environment of various organic pollutants and metals,
- describe how indicators are developed and used in environmental assessment,
- account for heterogeneity in soil, and be familiar with applying geostatistics to evaluate data from soil sampling
ContentDuring the course, environmental assessment is applied in various environments and environmental problems: - the forest landscape, - lakes and streams, - acidification, - eutrophication and - organic pollutants. The course also includes a tool part for theoretical and practical analysis techniques. During calculations, basic parts of environmental assessment will be practiced: - dimensioning of studies, - time series analysis, - geostatistics and - biodiversity calculations. Data collection and sampling techniques will be practiced in compulsory field exercises. Data from field exercises will be processed in a project work.
Formats and requirements for examination- Passed results on the exam and all assignments, as well as approved oral and written presentation of the project work.
- Active participation in compulsory exercises.
- 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.