Soil and Groundwater Pollution


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

Students holding a bachelor degree from another university than Aalborg University must pass the course: Problem Based Learning and Project Management at Aalborg University, prior to sitting the exam.

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in e.g. the courses Experimental Hydrology, Environmental Soil Science and Geostatistics.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


Students who complete the module:

Learning objectives


  • Knowledge on technology and applicability of in-situ physical and biological methods for remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater zones at polluted soil sites.


  • To analyse, synthesize and evaluate contaminant spill situations in regard to risk for area use and soil and groundwater resources around a polluted soil site.
  • To apply selected methods to measure water transport parameters, solute transport parameters, gas transport parameters, and/or biodegradation coefficients in soil and groundwater.
  • To model transport of fluids (water and/or air) and transport and degradation of contaminants in soil and groundwater, using own models for one dimensional problems and ready-available software for two or three dimensional problems.


  • To handle soil and groundwater pollution in relation to the groundwater resource, indoor climate, areal use.
  • To structure and produce technical documentation of complex problems, methods and results.
  • To communicate problems, findings and solutions graphical as well as oral to the relevant target audience.
  • Must be able to communicate the results of the project work in a project report.
  • Must be able to contribute successfully to teamwork within the problem area and make a common presentation of the result of the project work.

Type of instruction

Project work with supervision supplemented with instructions, workshops, presentation seminars, lab tests, etc.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 15 ECTS project module, the workload is expected to be 450 hours for the student.



Name of examSoil and Groundwater Pollution
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Oral exam based on presentation seminar and project rapport.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAs stated in the Joint Programme Regulations.

Facts about the module

Danish titleJord og grundvandsforurening
Module codeB-VM-K1G-1
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Civil Engineering
DepartmentDepartment of Civil Engineering
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science