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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.
- 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.
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.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
BIOL111, BIOL274 and CHEM247
Students must attend one activity from each section.
3 hours of lectures per weekFortnightly workshops
Prerequisites: BIOL111, CHEM247 and BIOL274
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