Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


The course offers students with advanced knowledge in ecotoxicology that underpins risk assessment and management of contaminated sites. Students will gain knowledge toxicity, ecological receptors, biomarkers, bioavailability, bioaccessibility, bioaccumulation, in vitro & in vivo ecotoxicology and its application in contaminated site management. Upon completing the course students should achieve an up to date knowledge and hands on experience in ecological risk assessment of contaminated sites.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand concepts of Ecotoxicology

2. Understand the role of ecological indicators in contaminated site management

3. Identify ecological receptors in contaminated sites

4. Perform a range of laboratory Ecotoxicological assays

5. Evaluate and interpret ecotoxicity data


  • Fundamentals of ecotoxicology
  • Introduction, Concepts and definitions
  • Environmental Toxicants: Types and properties of environmental toxicants
  • Distribution, Transport & modelling- case studies
  • Ecological receptors: Types of receptors in risk assessment
  • Modell organisms Vs Local receptors
  • Routes and kinetics of toxicant uptake,
  • Molecular eco-toxicology & Toxico-genomics
  • Bioaccumulation, biomarkers
  • Bioavailability and Bioaccessibility
  • Toxicological assays for Ecological investigations: in vitro, in vivo
  • Ecotoxicity of Single Vs Mixture chemicals
  • Ecotoxicity indicators as a driver for risk assessment and remediation
  • Challenges in application of ecotoxicity- Quality and performance
  • Regulatory toxicology: National and international

Assumed knowledge

A bachelor degree in Environmental Science or related field

Assessment items

Literature Review: Literature Review

Journal: Journal session

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Toxicity assays case studies

Project: Laboratory project

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.