IEG301/3 Environmental Forensics
- Credit: 3
- Semester: 2
- Prerequisite: IUK108/4 Statistics with Computer Applications (sequential)
This course provides basic knowledge of environmental forensics by emphasizing the use of the relevant methods which are suitable to solve key environmental pollution questions. These methods include chemical and DNA fingerprinting techniques. Chemical fingerprinting techniques to be discussed are mass spectrometry, trace metal analysis and stable isotopes analysis of light elements whereas the DNA fingerprinting technique covers methods of DNA extraction and detection of the toxin-encoding gene. In addition, multivariate statistical methods will be taught to the students in order to recognize patterns of data and thus obtaining the best information and interpretation from the analyses carried out. At the end of this course, students should know how to organize information and data from various sources in order to tackle the challenges in environmental forensics using critical and logical thinking.