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Risk Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Land 7.5 credits

Riskbedömning och sanering av förorenad mark
Second cycle, A7006B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Environmental Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Environmental Care and Environmental Protection
Main field of study
Natural Resources Engineering

Entry requirements

90 ECTS basic level 7,5 ECTS Chemistry or soil mechanics, e.g. K0016K or G0003B.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The aim of the course is to help students acquire a basic understanding of how to evaluate environmental risks related to contaminated sites. The student will be able to select methods for risk assessment of contaminated land, plan and carry out practical tasks that, for example, are used in environmental consultants’ and decision makers work.

As a result of the course, students should be able to plan the sampling of soil, calculate the spread of pollutants in soil and explain the importance of soil properties for pollution impact on the environment and human health. Furthermore, the student should be able to explain the basic requirements for selection of soil remediation methods for contaminated soil. In addition, the student should be able to analyze and explain the interactions and possible conflicts that (may) exist between different aspects (ecological, economic, social and technical) of the sustainable development of land.
Students should also get familiar with the work in an environmental laboratory, learn about the safety rules and carry out practical laboratory assignments. The student should be able to process the results and present them both in writing (report) and orally (presentation). 


During the course the students will develop skills and knowledge about principles of pollutant transport in soil, soil properties and their influence on solubility and toxicity of pollutants, methods of a site investigation, deepen into problems related to contaminated soils, methods for risk assessment and evaluation of contaminated sites, the established and innovative remediation techniques such as soil washing, phytoremediation, stabilization, etc. Further technical aspects and the legislation in the field will be discussed.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.

The topic is presented in the form of class lectures by several lecturers. Focus on the specific subjects is made through individual student projects based on literature review, written and oral presentations and group discussions. Practical skills are trained through calculations in the classroom and generation of laboratory data. Work in the laboratory is conducted in groups, the results of the laboratory assignment are presented in writing and orally and discussed in the classroom during a seminar. To begin with the laboratory work students are required to pass a test in "General safety guidelines for working in a laboratory" at the beginning of the course. Laboratory work is linked to the lectures and carried out in parallel. All documentation is made available through CANVAS   web tool .

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.

Written exam with differentiated grades. Grade scale:  5 4 3 U.

To pass the course the students are required to get approved on the laboratory training and individual projects. The laboratory training and individual projects are assessed with an oral presentation and a written report. Laboratory and individual project reports must be submitted no later than one week before the oral presentations.

Jurate Kumpiene

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket), 2002. Methods for inventories of contaminated sites. Report 5053.
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket), 1997. Development of generic guideline values. Report 4639.
Áine Gormley, Simon Pollard, Sophie Rocks. 2011. Guidelines for Environmental Risk Assessment and Management

Other to be determined later.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examG U 3 4 53.00MandatoryA11
0002Individual projectsU G#2.00MandatoryA11
0003Laboratory workU G#2.50MandatoryA11

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 07 Feb 2011

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021