RFEL3070 - Scientific Seminars in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio assessment 100/100
Participation seminar and oral presentation 100/100

Course content

The course consists of a 3-day mandatory field-trip for new students (first semester), where one of the activities is to perform a case-study as team-work. There are guest lectures by external scientists from other universities, research institutes and private industry. In addition, each student has to give two progress presentations of their master´s project; early in the study to discuss the hypothesis and the scientific plan (i), and towards the end of the study to discuss results and interpretations (ii). In the beginning of each autumn semester, there is a two hour course in presentation technique. There will be some seminars where the purpose is to discuss current literature and important scientific topics. The seminars require active involvement and participation from students.

Learning outcome


  • The students will acquire a broad knowledge in both environmental toxicology and environmental chemistry through presentations and discussions in the course.
  • From own and fellow students presentations, students will achieve knowledge about theories and relevant methods and hypothesis testing, including experimental analysis, statistical techniques and other tools to analyse and solve toxicological or chemical issues in research and management.
  • From presentations and group discussions the students will achieve knowledge about UN´s sustainability goals, especially those concerning the environment, sustainability, and climate change on a local and global scale.


  • The students will acquire the ability to critically present own research methods and results in an understandable, and at the same time in scientific proper manner.
  • They will also gain the ability to critically and constructively contribute to develop the projects of fellow students.

General competence

  • The students will acquire competence on presenting their own scientific methods and results, and contribute to develop research of fellow students.

Learning methods and activities

Case study, group work, presentations. Seminar: 4 semesters - 45 hours each semester, mandatory (participation at minimum 75% of the seminars)

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved participation in seminars
  • Participation seminar
  • Oral presentation

Further on evaluation

All parts of the portfolio must be approved for the student to pass the course. To pass at least 75% attendance at seminars is mandatory

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (MSENVITOX)

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Students own presentations (power-point), and other presentations from guest lecturers etc.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 3
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Term no.: 4
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio assessment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Participation seminar and oral presentation 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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