autumn 2020

BIO-8015 Arctic Marine Pollution - 10 ECTS

Last changed: 10.05.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Location

Tromsø |

Application deadline

 

Registration deadline for PhD students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway who has got the course approved in their instruction component: September 1st (for autumn semester) / February 1st (for spring semester).

Application deadline for other applicants: June 1st (for autumn semester/December 1st (for spring)

Type of course

Theoretical. The course can be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Who can appy:

  • UiT PhD students who wants to take a course that is not approved in their instruction component
  • PhD student enrolled at another institution than UiT
  • Applicants who have completed a Master degree

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that there are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

PhD students at UiT register for the course through StudentWeb. The registration for spring semester starts in the middle of December, and for autumn semester in the middle of June.

Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb. Application code 9301.

Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you, see the following list: Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries.
For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document:  Proficiency in english - PhD level studies

PhD students enrolled at PhD programmes a UiT can contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty  for questions regarding registration to the course. Singular course applicants must contact opptak@uit.no regarding questions to their application.

Course content

The course focuses upon principles of ecotoxicology (contaminant transport, uptake by organisms, effects). Classes of pollutants of concern in Arctic environments as well as other man made impacts (eutrophication, acidification). Pollutants are introduced along with their presence/effects in Arctic environments and in relation to climate change impacts and environmental management.

The course is based on the same lectures as BIO-3009, in addition to writing a scientific essay to deepen understanding of pollution and ecotoxicology in Arctic ecosystems. The topic of the essay is defined together with each student and the course responsible.

Objectives of the course

Students who have completed this course will be able to:

Knowledge:

  • describe the specificity of Arctic ecosystems.
  • know the main types of pollution (persistent organic pollutants, microplastics, radioactivity, heavy metals and hydrocarbons) and explain their occurrence/transport in the Arctic.
  • understand the accumulation of contaminants in biota, their trophic transfer and biotransformation.
  • describe the effects of pollutants at the individual (physiology), population and ecosystem levels.
  • have an understanding of environmental monitoring of pollutants, risk assessment and environmental management in Arctic regions.
  • have a basic knowledge of climate change, ocean acidification, impacts of aquaculture.

Skills:

  • search for relevant scientific literature
  • read scientific publications critically
  • write an abstract
  • implement relevant study designs in ecotoxicology
  • write a scientific essay

General competence:

  • have a holistic understanding of marine pollution issues in Arctic environments.
  • utilize scientific literature to identify information needed to understand, interpret and critically evaluate ecotoxicology-related data
  • demonstrate an understanding of legal, regulatory, and ethical considerations relating to ecotoxicology within the broader societal context.
  • develop their scientific writing skills
  • communicate clearly and concisely their knowledge concerning the fundamentals in the basic areas of Arctic marine ecotoxicology.

Language of instruction

English

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars

Assessment

Written essay (1/3) and oral exam (2/3). A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.

Re-sit exam

There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.

Schedule

Course overlap

BIO-3009 Arctic Marine Pollution 10 stp


Contact


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Bourgeon, Sophie


Associate professor - Arctic marine ecotoxicology
Phone: +4777646033 sophie.bourgeon@uit.no