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EVSP560 - Environmental Risk Assessment

Course Details

Course Code: EVSP560 Course ID: 4353 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

An overview of the concepts of risk assessment. Topics include the four core parts of a risk assessment, as denoted by the National Academy of Sciences: hazard assessment, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment and risk characterization. Methods of measurement and modeling are discussed, along with key questions concerning uncertainty. Differences in the risk characterizations of substances under different use conditions and legal requirements are studied. Case studies will serve to illustrate the risk assessment and site remediation processes.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

  • LO-1 Evaluate the role of causality, uncertainty and probability in environmental risk analysis
  • LO-2 Analyze conceptual models in risk assessment
  • LO-3 Examine the scientific, technical, and political processes for risk assessment
  • LO-4 Assess the interdependence of the ecological and human health risk assessment processes
  • LO-5 Analyze case studies in risk assessment to inform risk-based decision making
NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Forum 1 3.00 %
Forum 2 3.00 %
Forum 3 3.00 %
Forum 4 3.00 %
Forum 5 3.00 %
Forum 6 3.00 %
Forum 7 3.00 %
Forum 8 3.00 %
Exercises 30.00 %
Exercise 1 - Build a basic SADA file 10.00 %
Exercise 2 - Ecological Risk Assessment using SADA 10.00 %
Exercise 3 - Human Health Risk Assessment using SADA 10.00 %
Research Journals 10.00 %
Research Journal - Lead 5.00 %
Research Journal - Project Topic 5.00 %
Presentation 16.00 %
Project Presentation 16.00 %
Project 20.00 %
Analysis Table 20.00 %

Required Readings and Other Resources:

  • As identified in the Lessons

Additional Resources:

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:Science and Decisions: Advancing Risk Assessment (2009) - available free online at https://www.nap.edu/catalog/12209/science-and-decisions-advancing-risk-assessment
ISBN:9780309120463
Publication Info:National Academies Press
Author:National Research Council
Unit Cost:$66.40
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.