A11JA - School of Life Sciences - Heriot-Watt University

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A11JA - School of Life Sciences - Heriot-Watt University

Form 20 Heriot-Watt University - Module Descriptor Template (RAY) Version 3.0 (2007/2008)Module Title Environmental Sampling and Analysis School School of Life Sciences On or Off- ONCampusModuleCo-ordinatorDr S. J. W. GrigsonSCQFLevel11 ModuleCodeA11JA Semester 1 Credits 151. Pre-requisites none2. Linked Modules A11JB(specify if synoptic)3. Excluded Modules none4. Replacement Module Code:Date Of Replacement:5. Availability as anElectiveN/A6. Degrees for which this MRes/PgDip/PgCert Environmental Analysis and Assessmentis a core module7. AimsYes No√This module aims to introduce students with a basic knowledge of chemistry and environmental science to the principles underlying environmental sampling andanalysis.8. Syllabus• The nature, sources and chemistry of pollutants and their behaviour and fate in the environment.• Background to the why, where and what of monitoring the receiving environment• Design of monitoring programmes, sampling patterns, accuracy and precision, quality control• Sampling techniques and sample storage• Sample extraction and purification techniques• Instrumental analysis – theory and practice• Data interpretation• Presentation of findings – data processing/correlation analysis, powerpoint presentations, scientific report writing1 / 2


Form 20 Heriot-Watt University - Module Descriptor Template (RAY) Version 3.0 (2007/2008)Module Title Environmental Sampling and Analysis School School of Life Sciences On or Off- ONCampusModuleCo-ordinatorDr S. J. W. GrigsonSCQFLevel11 ModuleCodeA11JA Semester 1 Credits 159. Learning Outcomes (HWU Core Skills: Employability and Professional Career Readiness)Subject MasteryUnderstanding, Knowledge and Cognitive SkillsScholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning)Provide an understanding of the sources and chemical and physical nature of pollutants and their transport mechanisms in different environmentalcompartments.Provide an understanding of survey strategy and sampling techniques.Provide an understanding of the methods used in their analysis.Personal AbilitiesIndustrial, Commercial & Professional Practice Autonomy, Accountability & Working with Others Communication, Numeracy & ICTProvide a firm grounding in the nature of pollutants, their transport mechanisms and ultimate fate in the environment.Provide the knowledge to design environmental surveys and select appropriate sampling techniques.Provide an understanding of the analytical techniques used to measure pollutants in environmental samples and the theory behind them.10. Assessment Methods 11. Re-assessment MethodsMethodDuration of Exam(if applicable)Weighting (%) Synoptic modules? Method Duration of Exam(if applicable)Term Exam 2hrs 60% Exam* 2 hrsCoursework 40% *Subject to satisfactorysubmission of coursework12. Date and VersionDate of Proposal April 2007 Date of Approval bySchool CommitteeApril 2007Date ofImplementationSeptember 2008VersionNumber1.02 / 2

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