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EENG 7221 - Environmental Toxicology

Environmental Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

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). Additional topic areas include: inorganic and organic environmental contaminants, dose-response curves, bioassays, biomarkers, and related case studies.

Prerequisite(s)

EENG 7211

Credits

2.5

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the broad and encompassing spectrum of the science of toxicology, focusing on its history, fields and interdisciplinary nature.
  • Provide examples of important sources of environmental toxicants: air, water, soil, and biota matrices.
  • Apply basic toxicology terms and concepts, such as exposure pathway, exposure route, exposure time frame, dose, and bioavailability.
  • Distinguish between the toxicokinetic processes of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion.
  • Assess fundamental toxicodynamic responses: acute, chronic, mutagenic, teratogenic, carcinogenic and neurological effects.
  • Calculate and plot LD50 mortality frequency distributions based on log-normal, cumulative and probit scales.
  • Interpret dose-response curves with respect to toxicity ratings, potency/efficacy, slope, therapeutic index, and margin of safety.
  • Outline the mechanism of chemical carcinogenesis with respect to genotoxic and epigenetic carcinogens.
  • Evaluate the health and environmental effects of several priority environmental contaminants: metals, organics, pesticides and endocrine disruptors.
  • Discuss the general attributes of ecotoxicology and the role of biomarkers of exposure or effect.
  • Distinguish between bioaccumulation, bioconcentration, and biomagnification.
  • Generate a comprehensive toxicological review paper on a priority environmental contaminant.

Effective as of Fall 2009

Related Programs

EENG 7221 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Environmental Engineering Technology
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Technology

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