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Syllabus for

Academic year
BOM060 - Environmental risk assessment in engineering
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPTSE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: D
Maximum participants: 50

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   17 Mar 2015 pm V,  21 Aug 2015 am V

In programs

MPTSE INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Professor  Sverker Molander


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

The specific requirements for the course include basic courses in mathematics and/or statistics equivalent to 15 ECTS credits, applied environmental sciences and/or sustainable development 7.5 ECTS credits.


The aim of this course is to provide insights into environmental risk assessment, which is an important environmental and sustainability assessment method.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

1. Explain the motivation and background for performing environmental risk assessments
2. Describe and apply the framework and procedures of environmental risk assessment, with specific regards to:    
a. its basic principles, definitions and procedure according to two presented frameworks (van Leeuwen and Vermeire, and Burgman)  
b. differences and similarities of human health and environmental risk assessment   
c. hazard identification
3. Construct natural science conceptual cause-effect chain models for contaminant transport processes, exposure and effects, and apply the following associated terminology in the conceptual models:   
a. sources   
b. stressors   
c. pathways and transport processes (such as advection, dispersion, diffusion and leaching)   
d. different endpoints and associated basic biological terminology (such as uptake)
4. Apply the following quantitative and qualitative methods for risk assessment:  
a. exposure assessment 
b. effect assessment  
c. risk ranking
5. Apply the following basic mathematical skills relevant in risk assessment:
a. statistical inference
b. basic sensitivity analysis
c. and be able to describe Monte Carlo simulations
6. Apply environmental risk assessment for the two cases of soil and water contamination.


This course is structured around a set of lectures and a project work will lead you to a deeper understanding of specific parts of the environmental risk assessment field. There are also some exercises and a literature seminar.


The course is given by the divisions of Environmental Systems Analysis and Geo Engineering in joint collaboration, with teachers from both divisions.


Burgman, M. 2005. Risks and Decisions for Conservation and Environmental Management. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
van Leeuwen, C.J. and Vermeire, T.G. 2007. Risk Assessment of Chemicals: An Introduction. Springer: Dordrecht. Chapter 1.


Examination is in the form of a written exam and a group project.

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