TOX07001 2013 Environmental Toxicology

General Details

Full Title
Environmental Toxicology
Transcript Title
Environmental Toxicology
N/A %
Subject Area
TOX - Toxicology
ESCI - Environmental Science
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Ann-Marie Duddy, Billy Fitzgerald, Nicolas Touzet
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_J07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SSCIE_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SSCIE_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SNANO_P10 201800 Doctor of Philosophy

This teaching unit will introduce students to the principles underpinning environmental toxicology and to some practical components of common toxicology bioassays.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describing the principles of environmental toxicology


Outlining the major toxicants of environmental interest


Describing the use of bioassays in environmental toxicology


Performing and reporting on toxicological laboratory experiments

Module Assessment Strategies

The module will be assessed using a combination of end of semester final exam (40%), continuous class assessment and reporting of laboratory-based work (60%). The continuous class assessment will involve two-three theory assessments incorporating a series of short questions. Practical work will be assessed via written scientific reports.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Principles & concepts (dose response, uptake, mode of action, toxicity tests)
  2. Fate of environmental toxicants (transport, transformation, bioaccumulation, degradation)
  3. Review of major environmental toxicants (organic pollutants, heavy metals, inorganic gaseous and aquatic pollutants, radionucleides)
  4. Ecological effects of toxicants (population effects, community effects, case studies)
  5. Laboratory practicals (a selection of common microbial, plant and invertebrate based bioassays will be demonstrated)

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Any 1,2,3
2 Practical Evaluation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % OnGoing 1,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 40 % End of Term 1,2,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Theory Lectures 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory Work 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self-Studying 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
  1. Wright DA & Welbourn P (2001) "Environmental toxicology"
  2. Klaassen CD (2008) "Casarett & Doull's Toxicology : the basic science of poisons"
  3. Casarett LJ, Klaassen CD & Watkins JB (2003) "Casarett & Doull's Essentials of Toxicology"
Other Resources

Selection of ScienceDirect research articles and reviews

Additional Information