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Applied Environmental Science - ENV00045I

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. John Wilkinson
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This module builds upon existing knowledge to provide an exciting study of key environmental science concepts across terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric systems. We will focus on the occurrence and impacts of environmental pollutants as well as the analytical solutions to better understand their emission and distribution. The course will deliver both the theory and practical skills to better understand environmental contamination and the science that underpins it.

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Additional information

Re-requisite modules: 

Environmental Chemistry (Yr 1)

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

This module provides an exciting study of key environmental and analytical science concepts across terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric systems. It will focus on the key environmental processes, contamination and the analytical study of these systems. Module aims include:

  1. Examine key environmental processes and pollution of terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric systems and

  2. Understand and apply analytical solutions to better understand environmental contamination.

This will provide the student with the skills necessary to both understand and critically interpret environmental data.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key environmental processes across terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric systems
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the emissions and implications of environmental pollution
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the practical analytical skills needed to understand environmental processes and pollution.

Indicative assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Applied Environmental Science Practical exam (open notes lab-based exam) 2000 words
3 hours 100

Special assessment rules


Indicative reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay 2000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on summative assignments will follow the Department of Environment and Geography guidelines on providing comments on the marking sheets and on the scripts themselves. Opportunities for formative feedback on practical skills will be provided during each practical (e.g., performing the required tasks accurately and using proper safety protocols).

Indicative reading

No Pills Report, Interreg IV B NWE project partnership 2012 - 2015, No Pills in Water, [pdf], available at <>.

Pierce et al (1997) Environmental Pollution and Control. 4th Edition. Butterworth-Heinemann.

Nathaniel and Bardos (2004) Reclamation of contaminated land. Wiley, Chichester

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University constantly explores ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary. In some instances it may be appropriate for the University to notify and consult with affected students about module changes in accordance with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.