CHEMICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RISK TO HUMAN HEALTH

Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES
Academyc year when starting the degree: 
2018/2019
Year: 
3
Academyc year when helding the course: 
2020/2021
Credits: 
12
Period: 
First Semester
Standard lectures hours: 
96
Requirements: 

Students must pass the exam “CHIMICA GENERALE E ORGANICA” (propaedeutic) before the exams of the two modules of the course.

•Environmental Chemistry Module:
The evaluation consists of a written test to be completed in 3 hours, with 10 open questions.
The evaluation of the exam will take place in in thirty-tenths (the exam is passed when the evaluation 18/30 is reached). The evaluation will consider the overall performance of the test and in particular the following criteria:
-Relevance and correctness of the answers.
-Ability to present, argue and synthesize the different topics and address them using an appropriate language
-Ability to recognize and find solutions for environmentally relevant issues addressed in the course.
The study based on the slides proposed in the lesson must necessarily be accompanied by the consultation of the reference texts.

• Exposure assessment of chemical, physical and biological hazards Module:
The final exam will consist in an oral or written test concerning at least 3 topics of the course program. The evaluation will be expressed in thirtieths and will be based on comprehension, capacity to apply theoretical concepts to real cases, autonomy of judgement, correct terminology and learning abilities.

The total evaluation will be composed by an equal proportion (50%/50%) of the scores obtained for the two modules, eventually rounded up to the next higher integer.

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

The main objective of the course is to provide a solid preparation for understanding the main chemical processes taking place in the environment and the phenomena resulting from man-made alteration of bio-geo-chemical processes and, contrariwise, the risks that environmental contaminants (primarily chemicals but also physical and biological factors)
a broad perspective of risk assessment of risk agents for the protection of human health and the environment.

At the end of the course, the student must be able to:
-Know and understand the main characteristics of the environmental media
-Know and understand the main aspects of chemical contamination in different environmental media and the main organic and inorganic pollutants
-Know and understand the appropriate remediation strategies for specific environmental issues
-Demonstrate autonomy of judgment in the assessment of issues related to chemical pollution using a multidisciplinary approach
The course is also intended to provide an understanding of the following topics:
- hazard assessment (main chemical and physical properties, main health effects) for some key chemical, physical and biological agents;
- methodological approaches and strategies for exposure assessment for risk assessment purposes;
- the basic concepts lying behind chemical, physical and biological risk assessment and risk management aimed at protecting human health at workplace and in other environments.