ENVR304-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Environmental Toxicology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


Environmental toxicology is the multidisciplinary study of the effects of anthropogenic and natural chemical contaminants on the environment. This course will cover exposure to, uptake of and modes of action of chemical contaminants, their ecological effects measured using biomarkers to population dynamics and environmental toxicity testing methods.

Learning Outcomes

- Compare potential exposure and uptake pathways for a range of environmental contaminants.
- Distinguish between mechanisms of action and ecological effects for representative toxic chemicals from the cellular to ecosystem levels.
- Derive toxicology dose indicators (e.g. LOAEL, NOEC).
- Evaluate methods used to test the toxicity of contaminants.
- Evaluate and report the results of toxicity testing.
- Select appropriate species and toxicological endpoints that include the consideration of legal complexities and cultural values.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 101
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Karl Popper 508
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 12:00 Karl Popper 508 (29/2, 14/3, 28/3, 30/5)
West 517 (2/5-9/5)
26 Feb - 3 Mar
11 Mar - 17 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 12 May
27 May - 2 Jun

Timetable Note

3 hours of lectures per week
Fortnightly workshops

Course Coordinator

Sally Gaw


Elissa Cameron


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 20% Due date to be advised
Workshops 40%
Final Exam 40% Date to be advised by Examinations Office in due course


Prerequisites: BIOL111, CHEM247 and BIOL274

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $978.00

International fee $4,988.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment .

All ENVR304 Occurrences

  • ENVR304-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024