Human and Ecological Risk Assessment
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-MB024C
Credits (ECTS)6
Category03 (Advanced)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
prof. dr. ir. A.J. Hendriks
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prof. dr. ir. A.J. Hendriks
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. ir. A.J. Hendriks
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. ir. A.J. Hendriks
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prof. dr. A.M.J. Ragas
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Academic year2020
KW2  (02/11/2020 to 24/01/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After completing the course, the student should be able to
1. describe the main chemical and toxicological processes determining emission, fate, accumulation and effects of pollutants,
2. apply simple models simulating the above-mentioned processes and interpret the results and
3. critically reflect upon human and ecological risk assessments of pollutants from a scientific and stakeholder perspective.
The course Human and Ecological Risk Assessment is relevant for those who aspire to one of the following functions in research or management on environmental, nature and water issues,  esp.
- Officer in a governmental body, involved in the determination or enforcement of policy on pollution,
- Manager in a company involved in permit applications and monitoring of compliance with emission standards,
- Advisor in a consultancy firm, involved in analysis of pollution in relation to other environmental issues,
- Scientist in an institute (e.g. RIVM, university) investigating environmental quality (standards),
- Staff member of a Health Care Inspectorate, employed for surveillance of the environmental health.
- Activist in environmental groups, involved in the public awareness of pollution,

The course Human and Ecological Risk Assessment is an introduction to the study of pollutants in the environment. It provides the chemical, toxicological and ecological knowledge needed to understand the processes determining the emission, fate, accumulation and effects of substances. Moreover, the course addresses the quantitative methods to assess the risks of pollutants on ecosystem and human health.

Instructional modes
  • Lecture
  • Response course
  • Self-study

Presumed foreknowledge
Students from the differentiation phase of Biosciences and Molecular Sciences will be admitted to the module without further requirements. The module is also open to students who have completed the first two years of the study programme Biomedical Sciences. Other students will need permission beforehand from the course-coordinator who will check whether the student meets the entry-level.
Test information
The course is graded by an open book exam.

To be eligible for sitting the exam, students should have done and uploaded the self study and working groups assignments answers.

Required materials
Course guide
Manual downloadable via Brightspace
Book, papers, calculation sheets downloadable via Brightspace
Calculator with statistical functions necessary during the exam

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Practical computer training
Attendance MandatoryYes


Sustainability certificate
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock KW2, Block KW3