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SLE105 - Human Impacts - Pollution

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:


Unit chair:

Karen Hermon





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Contact hours:

3 x 1 hour class per week


SLE105 introduces students to the nature of physical, chemical and biological pollution in today's industrialised and industrialising world. Students will investigate the global nature of pollution, its sources, transport and ecological effects. Learning and assessment activities in this unit provide students the opportunity to explore and examine the sources, activity and potential impacts of the major forms of pollution. The unit will be delivered in three self-contained modules: Transport and behaviour explores the basic models of pollution, classification of hazardous substances, physical processes of pollution transport and dispersal in air, water and in soil, and an introduction to aquatic toxicology. Organic pollutants introduces students to the nature, sources, and aquatic ecosystem effects of organic pollutants, including naturally occurring organic contamination. Inorganic pollutants discusses the nature, sources and aquatic ecosystem effects of inorganic pollutants, including metallic pollutants, radionucleides and other inorganic pollutants. Students are expected to research available information from the scientific literature, and review and analyse the evidence to identify and differentiate between contamination and pollution at the local and global scales.


3 x in-class tests (20% each) 60%, literature review 15%, scientific essay 25%

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