ENVE 652 Introduction to Toxicology for Engineers and Scientists Fall 2014




Course Description


Final Exam


 Learning Modules

Robert A. Perkins, P.E.
Office: 253 Duckering
Office phone 907-474-7694
Home phone 907- 479-3906
Email raperkins@alaska.edu

The final grade is the instructor's subjective evaluation of the student's knowledge of the course subject matter. The instructor considers such objective criteria as:

Assignments (12 @ 15) 180
Quizzes (12@10) 120
MSDS   25
Paper   100
Final Exam   100
Miscellaneous Approximately 25 points

The student's total points are divided by the course total and greater than 90% is an "A," etc. The course total points may vary somewhat, but the points for components of each module are clearly stated in the module's first page.

Course Description
An introduction to the science of toxicology for graduate students in fields that use information about hazardous chemicals for input into decisions. Following a brief background of biology, chemistry, and biochemistry; topics presented include an overview of the effects of chemicals on cells, organs, and organ systems, and the toxic effects of classes of chemicals such as pesticides, metals, and solvents. Use of data from animal testing and common lists, factors, and extrapolation are reviewed. The main topics are listed in the Course Outline.

The course is organized in modules. The modules are both an administrative and teaching unit. The student will complete one module per week, and each module will "close" on a Monday at 8 PM, Alaska Time. Electronic asynchronous discussions with other students are part of the course and these require participation prior to the closing time.

Each week's module will have a description of the homework due, and other administrative information about the module.

Each module will be graded; the typical module will generate 25 points: 5 points for the individual student's assignments, 5 points for the group discussion and 5 points for Email to the instructor. There will be 10 points for the week's quiz. Extra credit points are given as justified or announced. The individual assignment may be questions requiring text answers or problems that require calculations. The discussion with other students requires participation in an on-line "discussion board." The Email to the instructor, "questions and comments," requires the student to ask questions pertaining to the material or identify glitches in the on-line presentations. If the student identifies glitches ranging from gaps in the material to incorrect hyperlinks or typographical errors, the student will get credit for calling them to the instructor's attention. Questions will be answered to the student directly and posted to a "closure" section in the following week's module.

The paper will be a term-paper on a relevant topic. The length of the paper will vary between students, but the typical paper will have about 10 pages of text, 12-point font, double spaced.

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

Final Exam
There will be a take-home final exam.

Text Books
The recommended textbook is: Karen E. Stine and Thomas M. Brown. Principles of Toxicology, Third Edition, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2015, ISBN 13:978-1-4665-0342-7. The text is available though commercial vendors, such as WalMart and Amazon. Most students will find parts of the text helpful, but the course is not built around the text book. All available texts present the same problem for introductory students, pages covered with biological sketches or chemicals symbols that are incomprehensible to most true introductory students. Another book, which I almost selected for our text, is Toxicology for Nontoxiciologists, Second Edition, Mark E. Stelljes, Government Institutes, 2008, ISBN 978-0-86587-175-5, which is available as an e-book.

Learning Modules
The course website may be accessed through the instructor's faculty web page or the ENVE 652 Index. .