Description: Measuring concentrations of and changes to environmental pollutants in air, water, soil, and consumer products is central to understanding the impact of the environment on human health. This laboratory course will explore sampling methods and measurement techniques, which are important when considering different exposure to pollutants in the environment.
Course Goals: Students will gain hands-on experience with study design, laboratory measurements, monitoring equipment and sophisticated instrumentation. Students will sample both in the laboratory and the ambient environment as part of this experiential course to gain practical experience at environmental measurements.
Competencies: - Execute study design and planning for sampling in the ambient environment.
- Conduct air and water sampling with a range of environmental monitoring equipment.
- Carry out spatiotemporal analysis of pollutants over different spatial scales.
- Be able to follow laboratory safety procedures and best safety practices relevant to an environmental workplace.
- Be able to prepare of technical material regarding air, water, and consumer product sampling, through figure, tables, and written reports.
- Be able to present and defend experimental data from environmental sampling to peers and instructor.
Learning Objectives: - Train students in hands-on operation of a range of methods and instrumentation used in air quality, water quality, and consumer products testing.
- Teach students to develop sampling plans and approaches to study design.
- Provide students practical experience with conducting research in a laboratory setting.
- Explore the challenges and decisions that must be made when conducting ambient sampling, particularly in a restricted time window.
- Gain experience transforming data from instrument outputs to presentable technical material.