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Course unit
INP7082058, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN1825, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ECOTOXICOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge LUCA PALMERI ICAR/03

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/03 Environmental and Health Engineering 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Annual
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 15/06/2018

Prerequisites: Environmental chemistry
Target skills and knowledge: A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
- define and describe fundamental concepts and terms in environmental toxicology, chemistry and risk assessment;
- collect relevant chemical fate and effect data from the internet and handbooks/databases;
- interpret physico-chemical data for chemicals in relation to environmental fate;
- quantify environmental behavior using equilibrium assumptions;
- apply simple quantitative structure activity relationships in the estimation of inherent compound properties;
- analyse data and evaluate results of ecotoxicological tests;
- design, conduct and interpret biomonitoring tests;
- classify chemicals in accordance with regulatory guidelines for risk assessment;
- analyse environmental problems at different scales.
Course unit contents: The course deals with environmental exposure and effect assessment of chemicals. Exposure and effect assessments are key elements for EU classifications and risk assessments of chemicals.
The exposure assessment covers the environmental chemical fate i.e. transport, degradation, intermedia transfer and partitioning of chemicals in different parts of the environment. These processes like biodegradation, hydrolysis, photodegradation, sorption, volatilization, and bioaccumulation are fundamental for understanding the environmental behaviour of chemicals. The processes are related to the physico-chemical and chemical structure properties and to the characteristics of the environmental compartments (water, aquatic sediments, aquatic biota, soil, and air). Calculation exercises and computer-based models for distribution of compounds are used to illustrate the environmental chemical fate.
The effect assessment covers ecotoxicological effects of chemicals. This subject is taught through lectures dealing with the theoretical aspects of toxicity testing and regulatory use of toxicity data and through field/lab experiences.
Furthermore, these fundamentals will be used to analyse environmental problems from local to landscape scale (i.e. global warming).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)