SLE105 - Marine Pollution


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Warrnambool
Credit point(s): 1
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EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

3 x 1 hour class per week, 2 x 3 hour field trips per trimester, 3 x 3 hour practicals per trimester


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.

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