TBI4110 - Ecotoxicology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course focuses on pollution of air, water and soil, and gives an introduction on the toxic and ecotoxic effects of pollutants on animals, humans and ecosystems. The following topics are included: General introduction to ecotoxicology and environmental toxicology, Metals in the environments, Organic pollutants, sources and global transport, Fate of organic pollutants in ecosystems, Emerging pollutants, Biological and biochemical effects of pollutants, Biomarkers and biomonitoring, Endocrine disrupting chemicals, Toxicokinetics, Genotoxicity, Effects on individuals and populations, Changes in communities and ecosystems, Factors affecting toxicity, mixtures and climate change, Plastic pollution, Oil pollution, and Ecological risk assessment

Learning outcome

The course gives an introduction to ecotoxicology, i.e., knowledge of exposure and effects of environmental pollutants on natural biological systems (molecules, cells, organisms, species, populations and ecosystems: Skills: - Ability to apply acquired knowledge to understand how pollutants are spread in the nature, and how they affect biological systems in nature. - Ability to apply acquired knowledge to reduce or hinder harmful effects of pollutants on biological systems and bioresources. General competence: - Basic knowledge on how different groups of contaminants are spread in the nature, taken up and excreted by the organisms, and the toxic and ecotoxic effects on pollutants on biological systems and bioresources. - Basic knowledge on ecological risk assessment.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars (obligatory attendance of 2 seminars)

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory participation in 2 seminars

Further on evaluation

Written exam on campus

Obligatory activity needs to be approved in order to go for the exam.

A resit examination can be changed from a written to an oral examination.

Course materials

Landis, Sofield, Yu: "Introduction to Environmental Toxicology: Molecular Substructures to Ecological Landscapes", CRC press

Lectures and other material provided during the lectures.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIK7020 7.5
BI2072 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
BI2071 7.5 AUTUMN 2011
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biology
  • Geology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2024-06-04 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 brun sone Sluppenvegen 14 82
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
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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