TOX07001 2019 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
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Noel Connaughton, Ana Vale, Nicolas Touzet
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SENVI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SSCIE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science SG_SENVI_J07 201900 Level 7 Add-on Award in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SSCIE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science

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

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered fulltime. This will include lectures and laboratory practicals, which will be augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources.

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.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

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

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2002-03-14 Environmental Toxicology Cambridge University Press
ISBN 052158860X ISBN-13 9780521588607

Comprehensive introductory textbook for students and specialists in ecology, environmental science, and chemistry.

Required Reading
2015-08-17 Casarett & Doull's Essentials of Toxicology, Third Edition McGraw-Hill Education / Medical
ISBN 0071847081 ISBN-13 9780071847087

Understand the essential principles of toxicology and how poisons affect the human body with this accessible and engaging summary General Principles of Toxicology Disposition of Toxicants Nonorgan-directed Toxicity Target Organ Toxicity Toxic Agents Environmental Toxicology Applications of Toxicology Casarett & Doulls Essentials of Toxicology is an easy-to-absorb distillation of the major principles and concepts that were presented in depth in Casarett & Doulls Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons, Eighth Edition, the fields gold-standard text. Presented in full color, the book concisely describes the science of toxicology, and includes important concepts from anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry to facilitate the understanding of the principles and mechanisms of toxicant action on specific organ systems. A summary of key points at the beginning and review questions at the end of each chapter help you study, understand, and memorize the material. Reflecting the expertise of more than sixty renowned contributors, Casarett & Doulls Essentials of Toxicology is logically divided into seven sections: Succinct and comprehensive, there is no better text for gaining an understanding of essential principles, toxicokinetics, how toxic effects are passed on to succeeding generations, how each body system responds to poisons, and the specific effects of a wide range of toxic agents than Casarett & Doulls Essentials of Toxicology.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources


URL Resources


Other Resources

Selection of ScienceDirect research articles and reviews

Additional Information