Soil and Groundwater Pollution


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

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

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.


  • Must be able to apply problem solving
  • Must be able to use problem identification
  • Must be able to apply objectives (cooperation agreement)
  • Must be able to use contextual involvement (user involvement)
  • Must be able to analyse teamwork/team composition
  • Must have knowledge of process analysis
  • Must be able to use problem formulation
  • Must be able to assess meetings/scheduling of meetings
  • Must be able to analyse time planning
  • Must be able to apply problem analysis
  • Must be able to analyse personal competencies and wishes
  • Must be able to assess problem solving
  • Must be able to apply project management
  • Must be able to apply impact assessment

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 assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleJord og grundvandsforurening
Module codeB-VM-K1-5
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Water and Environmental Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Built Environment
DepartmentDepartment of the Built Environment
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science