Marine Pollution


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

To provide fundamental insight into coastal marine waters including effects and prevention of natural and anthropogenic pollution


Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • explain physical, chemical and microbial processes in marine systems
  • account for the most common types of marine pollution
  • account for the exchange of matter between aquatic and terrestrial environments
  • account for the processes: primary production, respiration and re-oxidation
  • describe important organic and inorganic pollutants and pollution effects in coastal marine waters


  • analyze microbial loops, food webs, and turnover of C, N, and S in aquatic environments and in sediments
  • distinguish between pollution impacts on individuals, populations, and communities
  • assess recreational and bathing water quality, and tools for fecal pollution source tracking


  • evaluate the occurrence of inorganic nutrients, man-made pollutants, disease-causing microorganisms, and metal pollution in marine waters
  • evaluate methods to prevent and alleviate antropogenic pollution in coastal marine waters

Type of instruction

  • Lectures 
  • Workshops
  • Excercises (individually and in groups) 

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examMarine Pollution
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleForurening i marine områder
Module codeK-BIO-K2-6
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Biology
Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science