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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE5400M Pollution Sampling and Analysis

15 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Professor PT Williams

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module is designed to teach principles and applications of modern analytical techniques used in quantifying environmental pollution and contamination. A series of lectures, practical classes and tutorials are used to demonstrate the underpinning principles.


By the end of this module you should understand the procedures for sampling, sample preparation and application of a variety of techniques for the chemical analyses of the environmental pollutants and contaminants.

Learning outcomes
- Technical report writing
- Problem solving
- Data analysis and interpretation
- Computer literacy
- Experimental skills
- Teamwork
- Presentation skills

Skills outcomes
- Technical report writing
- Problem solving
- Data interpretation and analysis
- Assessment of laboratory health and safety issues
- Computer literacy
- Teamwork
- Presentation skills


Environmental Pollution
- Sources of pollution, sampling,and storage.
Spectroscopy and Microscopy
- Spectroscopy and microscopy across different length scales and concentration regimes using infra-red, visible light, ultra-violet, electron, and X-ray techniques.
- Gas and liquid chromatography.
Emission measurements and analyses.

Case studies, tutorials and laboratory sessions will be used to explain the ideas.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment11.501.50
Class tests, exams and assessment20.250.50
Independent online learning hours40.00
Private study hours75.00
Total Contact hours35.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study will include:
- Reviewing relevant journal articles and case studies.
- Review of lecture notes and on-line material.
- Preparation of practical reports.
- Preparation of presentation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Class test: feedback will be given three weeks after the test on Minerva.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentTest10.00
AssignmentCase Study30.00
In-course AssessmentTest10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 30 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 21/09/2021


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