This course is discontinued

BIO4330 – Effects of Pollution on the Aquatic Environment

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Course content

BIO4331 has taken over for this course

How pollution affects life in aquatic environments: eutrophication, oil pollution, acid-rain, and acidification effects, radioactivity, effects on trophic webs, problems with measurement and interpretation of effects, monitoring methods, Environmental Impact Assessment, feedback monitoring.

Learning outcome

On completion of the course students will have an overview of the main environmental problems, have learnt critically to interpret environmental data, and to understand the methodological problems with monitoring and evaluation from the perspective of environmental authorities and industry.


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PhD-students must register for BIO9330. Please contact the student administration office.


Recommended previous knowledge

BIO4300 – Marine Biology (discontinued)

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with BIO4331 – Human Impact on the Marine Environment


Some formal lectures, group work with presentations using Powerpoint, web-based teaching using Class Fronter, reading of a pensum book and other course material.


Evaluation of group presentations and written reports. Each count 50%.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


The course is offered if the number of students registered ar more than 3.

Facts about this course




Autumn 2009


Every autumn

This subject is replaced by BIO4331 as of Autumn 2010.

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