ENVIRONMENT AND LEGISLATION - 2021/2
Module code: PHYM057
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This module describes the legislative framework of environmental protection, describing the major concepts in the field. It reviews the establishment and verification of systems for environmental protection, considering both legal and economic aspects. The module concludes with a practical review of environmental protection as applied in the nuclear industry.
PODOLYAK Zsolt (Physics)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: F351
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Dr N.B. Ghiassee
Environmental Protection – Law and Policy. The general principles and legislative basis of environmental protection policy in the UK, European Union, and at International level, and an overview of International Nuclear Law.
Ms N Round/Mr G Beard
ISO14001 Environmental Management System: protecting the environment whilst maintaining your business, environmental impact minimisation, best available techniques, setting improvement targets, legal compliance, auditing and review.
Dr JAS Cleaver
Properties of aerosols, flow, diffusion, size distributions, optical properties, coagulation, sampling and aerosol production.
Mr P Kruse
Radioactive Substances Permitting,
Radiological Impact Assessments
Dr MC Thorne
Mathematical modelling of radionuclide transport in the environment, including applications of compartmental models. Radionuclide dispersion in groundwaters, terrestrial surface waters, estuaries and marine environments. Uptake of radionuclides by plants and animals. Assessment of critical group and collective exposures.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|School-timetabled exam/test||CLASS TEST - 1 HOUR||50|
|Coursework||2000 WORDS ESSAY||50|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate both knowledge across the whole breadth of the module and a deeper cognitive/analytical ability alongside deeper knowledge in specified areas.
The 10 short questions of the assessment package are able to test knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics covered in the module. The essay question is aimed at assessing the knowledge of specific chosen topics and depth of understanding expected at this level on environment and legislation.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Class Test (1 hour): 10 short questions of the assessment package are able to test knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics covered in the module.
Essay (2000 words): Essay questions aimed at assessing the knowledge of specific chosen topics and depth of understanding expected at this level on environment and legislation.
Formative assessment and feedback
- Formative verbal feedback is given in lectures.
Written feedback is given on coursework 1 (class test), which is submitted and returned to the students in advance of coursework 2 (essay).
- To establish a basic grounding in the principles and practice of environmental protection.
- To develop a qualitative approach to environmental protection, establishing the need for systems of control and verification with an analysis of associated cost.
- To understand the current legislation.
- To understand the importance of carrying out risk assessments and implementing control measures to reduce exposure to optical radiation sources.
|001||Demonstrate a depth of understanding of the principle of environmental protection.||KCP|
|002||Ability to discuss environmental sampling strategies and understand case studies in a range of applications.||KCT|
|003||Understand legislation underpinning environmental protection.||KCPT|
|004||Demonstrate critical analysis of numerical data to perform simple calculations of relevant physical phenomena.||KCPT|
|005||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Environmental Management Systems and ISO14001||KCP|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Lecture Hours: 33
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Lectures [33 hours]
- Coursework [117 hours]
The teaching is delivered as a one-week intensive course.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Programmes this module appears in
|Physics MSc||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Radiation and Environmental Protection MSc||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Nuclear Science and Applications MSc||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.