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INP7082058, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN1825, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track SOIL, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT [001PD]
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
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ALBERTO PIVATO ICAR/03

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

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 2019 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 PIVATO ALBERTO (Presidente)
RAGA ROBERTO (Supplente)
2 2018 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 PALMERI LUCA (Presidente)
MAIORANA CARMELO (Membro Effettivo)

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.
Examination methods: Presentation of a teamwork + written exam + eventual oral exam
Assessment criteria: Presentation of a teamwork: 25% of the total grade
written exam + eventual oral exam: 75% of the total grade
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).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes:
- presentations;
- numerical exercitations on real case studies;
- lab experiences on ecotoxicological tests;
- field experiences for biomonitoring;
- seminars.
Additional notes about suggested reading: - Newman MC, MA Unger. 2002. Fundamentals of ecotoxicology, 2nd Edition. CRC/Lewis Press, Boca Raton, FL.
- Sustain C.R. 2002. Risk and reason. Published by the press syndicate of the Univesity of Cambridge. ISBN 0521 79199 5.
- Suter W. G. 1993. Ecological Risk Assessment. Published by Lewis Publisher
- Notes prepared by teacher.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Top Hat (active quiz, quiz)

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