Human Impact on the Environment


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The aim is to qualify the student to understand, measure and model the effect of e.g. land use change or increased load of chemicals on natural and artificial ecosystems.

The project focuses on how land-use change and increased load of chemicals may affect selected ecosystems and suggest actions relating to remediation technologies and management to prevent and alleviate the ecosystem distresses caused by e.g. land-use change or chemicals.

The project could be comparison of organic vs. conventional farming. The effect of household chemicals and pesticides on urban recreational areas.   

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • Explain how land use may affect natural ecosystems
  • Explain how chemical loads may affect the ecosystem structure and how the effects can be mediated.
  • Explain what administrative structures, including legislation can be used to handle these environmental problems


  • Use ecological models to describe impact of chemicals on natural ecosystems
  • Apply selected methods to measure load, degradation and fate of selected chemicals in ecosystems.


  • Use environmental management tools to solve and prevent environmental perturbations
  • Disseminate a complete project

Type of instruction

Project work



Name of examHuman Impact on the Environment
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
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 titleMenneskeskabte miljøpåvirkninger
Module codeK-BIO-K1-53
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


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