This course provides an introduction to the principles of toxicology, specifically: toxicokinetics (absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion) and toxicodynamics (acute, chronic, mutagenic, teratogenic and carcinogenic effects). Environmental risk assessment methods for a variety of environmental issues will be presented. The principles of hazard, receptor, and pathway interrelationships and mitigation methods will be used to assess risk and risk management methods. Topics will include toxicity, chemical partitioning (air, water, sediment, soil, groundwater, biota), problem formulation, exposure assessment, risk characterization, and risk management methods. Specific ecological and human health risk assessment techniques required under BC regulations will be presented. The methods of risk management and implementation will be discussed and students will have the opportunity to make an open house style presentation of risk assessment and management applicable to their field of study.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Assess toxicity of a range of common chemical contaminants: dose response curves, bioavailability, and acute, chronic, mutagenic, teratogenic, carcinogenic and neurological effects.
- Identify hazards, receptors, and pathways for a broad range of environmental issues.
- Develop a problem formulation and select appropriate risk assessment methods for typical risk scenarios.
- Describe the benefits of systematic risk assessment and management, taking into consideration the associated environmental, social, and financial implications.
- Examine risk management options: prevention, remediation, emergency response, insurance, and storage.
- Evaluate the impact of risk management strategies on business and government agencies in the context of corporate policies and regulatory requirements.
- Use common risk communication tools to advance a risk management strategy.
- Develop, present, and critically evaluate materials for a mock public open house to inform the public about risk management issues on a topic relevant to the student's professional interests.
Effective as of Fall 2019
Environmental Risk Assessment and Management (EENG 8405) is offered as a part of the following programs:
School of Construction and the Environment
- Environmental Engineering
Bachelor of Technology Full-time/Part-time
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