Marine and Freshwater Pollution


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in Limnology, Hydrodynamics, Marine Pollution, Time Series Analysis.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Advanced understanding of the physics of freshwater recipients, the coastal zone and estuaries including currents, waves, sediment transport.
  • Basic understanding of the ecological conditions in natural waters, including streams, rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters. Understanding the effect of various types of pollution on flora and fauna in these areas.


  • Identify the hydrological, chemical and biological processes that are central for the analysis and evaluation in the aquatic environment.
  • Explain the environmental impact of selected compounds on aquatic environments.
  • Evaluate toxicological effects on an aquatic ecosystem.
  • Use impact assessment methods.
  • Build and analyse numerical water quality models.
  • Apply advanced hydrodynamic and water quality models.
  • Evaluate methods for the analysis of changing impacts on aquatic environments.


  • To plan and design structures for various types of discharges to freshwater recipients, the coastal zone and estuaries.
  • To model numerically the importance of necessary treatment for obtain specified demands on the water quality in the system
  • To be able to conduct experimental, empirical and/or theoretical investigations which are necessary for the solution of one or more identified problems.
  • To perform water quality assessment studies for different types of impacts on different recipients.
  • Must be able to communicate the results of the project work in a project report.
  • Must be able to teamwork within the problem area and make a common presentation of the result of the project work.


  • Must be able to assess problemsolving
  • Must be able to assess teamwork/team composition
  • Must be able to understand and explain what process analysis is
  • Must be able to assess 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.


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • An approved PBL competency profile is a prerequisite for participation in the project exam.


Name of examMarine and Freshwater 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 gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleForurening af akvatiske systemer
Module codeB-VM-K2-11
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module
Time allocation for external examinersB


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