Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
1001014012014ECOTOXICOLOGYCompulsory474
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The objective of this course is to introduce the effect of the environmental pollutants on individuals, populations and communities and to achieve understanding their mechanisms of action.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Hatice PARLAK, Prof. Dr. Rahime ORAL
Learning Outcomes
1Being able to express the definition of ecotoxicology and its general principles and main ecotoxicological definitions.
2Being able to describe the effects of the pollutants at the population, community and ecosystem levels.
3Being able to understand chemodynamics of the pollutants, entry route of the toxic substances into the living organisms and the importance of aquatic toxicity tests.
4Being able to interpret on ecotoxicological test methods.
5 Learning to carried out various toxicity tests and being able to evaluate their results.
6Being able to get information on factors changed toxicity test results.
7Being able to perform field studies in order to obtain materials required for application of ecotoxicological studies.
8Being able to evaluate statistical analyse the data obtained from ecotoxicological tests results.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Definition of ecotoxicology and its principles; Distribution of the pollutants in the environment and classification of the environmental pollutants; The effects of the pollutants at the population, community and ecosystem levels; Chemodyanmics of the pollutants; Entry routes of the toxic substances into the living organisms; Ecotoxicological test methods; The factors changing toxicity test results; Evaluation of the data obtained from ecotoxicological studies and interpretation of statistical data
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Definition of ecotoxicology, its principles, the main ecotoxicological definitions.General overview on applying tests in the ecotoxicological studies
2Classification of the environmental pollutants, Distribution of the pollutants in the environment, Abiotic transportation of pollutants in the aquatic environmentAcute lethal toxicity test and its principles
3Ttransformation process of pollutants in the aquatic environmentCalculation of Median Survival Time (LT50) and making the toxicity curve.
4The effects of pollutants on living organisms; The exposure routes of the toxic substances on living organisms.Calculation of Median Lethal Concentration (LC50).
5Biochemical and physiological effects of pollutants; Effects of environmental pollution at the population, community and ecosystem levelsPerforming the toxicity test with Daphnia sp.
6Evaluate of toxic effect and determination of risk; Types of the toxicity tests; Acute lethal toxicity testsPerforming the toxicity test with algae species.
7MID-TERM EXAM
8Comparison of ecotoxicological testing methods; Toxicity of two test materials and comparison of species sensitivity; Interactions between the pollutants; Information about the genotoxicity tests and Ames test
9The factors changing toxicity; The toxicity of complex mixture. Performing Ames test
10Field surveyField survey
11Sublethal toxicity testsUsing gamets and embryos of the sea urchin in the sublethal toxicity tests
12Environmental monitoring; Observing changes on the species compositions; Measurement of pollutant concentrations in bioindicator species; Detecting of the pollutant effects on organismsThe toxicity test with Hydra species
13Evaluation of the data obtained from ecotoxicological studies and interpretation of statistical dataTypes of biotoxin and their toxications; PSP test using with the mussels
14Presentation of term workPresentation of term work
15Presentation of term workPresentation of term work
16FINAL EXAM
Recommended or Required Reading
Parlak H., Arslan Ö.Ç., Boyacıoğlu M., Karaaslan M.A., (2009). Ekotoksikoloji. E.Ü. Su Ürünleri Fakültesi Yayınları, No:79. Ders kitabı dizini no:39. Walker C.H., Hopkin S.P., Sibly R.M., Peakall D.B. (2003). Principles of Ecotoxicology. Second Edition. Taylor and Francis Inc., New York, USA. Hoffman J.D., Rattner B.A., Burton G.A., Cairns J. (2002). Hhandbook of ecotoxicology. Second edition., Lewis Publisher, London. England.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination188
Final Examination11010
Attending Lectures14228
Practice14228
Project Preparation166
Self Study5210
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11010
Individual Study for Final Examination11515
Reading5210
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)125
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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LO15 4  3 53    
LO25 4  3 53    
LO35 5  3 5     
LO45 5  3 5     
LO55 5    54    
LO65 5    54    
LO75 4  3 54    
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* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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