TOX07002 2020 Environmental Toxicology

General Details

Full Title
Environmental Toxicology
Transcript Title
Environmental Toxicology
Code
TOX07002
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
TOX - Toxicology
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Noel Connaughton, Ana Vale, Nicolas Touzet
Programme Membership
SG_SECOL_B07 202000 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with Ecology SG_SECOL_H08 202000 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science with Ecology
Description

This teaching unit introduces 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;

1.

Explaining the underlying principles of environmental toxicology and bioassays

2.

Appraising the differential bioactivities of major toxicants of environmental interest

3.

Discussing the population and community level effects of environmental toxicants

4.

Taking part in and analysing toxicology 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

This module is 60% Continuous Assessment and 40% Final exam.

The continuous assessment will involve 2 class tests (10% each, planned for weeks 6 and 12) and the drafting and submission of 2 reports (15% each, planned for weeks 5 and 10) and a lab-book (10%) based on the laboratory experiments undertaken throughout the semester.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Indicative Syllabus

1- Explaining the underlying principles of environmental toxicology and bioassays

  • Ecotoxicology basic concepts (dose response, uptake, mode of action, toxicity tests, transport, transformation, bioaccumulation, degradation)

2- Appraising the differential bioactivities of major toxicants of environmental interest

  • Review of major environmental toxicants (organic pollutants, heavy metals, inorganic gaseous and aquatic pollutants, radionucleides, biotoxins, endocrine disruptors)

3- Discussing the population and community level effects of environmental toxicants

  •  Ecological effects of toxicants (population effects, community effects, case studies)

4- Taking part in and analysing toxicology laboratory experiments

  • Laboratory practicals (a selection of ecotoxicology bioassays will be carried out)

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 Class test 1 Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 10 % Week 6 1
2 Class test 2 Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 10 % Week 12 2
3 Laboratory Practicals Continuous Assessment Written Report 40 % OnGoing 4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 40 % End of Semester 1,2,3
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Lab-work 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self-study work 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
1998-03-13 Environmental Toxicology (Cambridge Environmental Chemistry Series) Cambridge University Press
ISBN 9780521588607 ISBN-13 9780521588607
Recommended Reading
2013-06-16 Casarett & Doull's Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons, Eighth Edition McGraw-Hill Education / Medical
ISBN 9780071769235 ISBN-13 9780071769235

Title: Casarett & Doull's Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons <>Binding: Hardcover <>Author: Curtis Klaassen <>Publisher: MCGRAW-HILL Professional

Recommended Reading
2015-09-16 Casarett & Doull's Essentials of Toxicology, Third Edition (Lange) 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 Casarett & Doull's Essentials of Toxicology is an easy-to-absorb distillation of the major principles and concepts that were presented in depth in Casarett & Doull's Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons, Eighth Edition, the field's 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 & Doull's Essentials of Toxicology is logically divided into seven sections: General Principles of Toxicology Disposition of Toxicants Nonorgan-directed Toxicity Target Organ Toxicity Toxic Agents Environmental Toxicology Applications of Toxicology 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 & Doull's Essentials of Toxicology.

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Selection of ScienceDirect research articles and reviews.

URL Resources

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Other Resources

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Additional Information

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