Fall 2022 - REM 445 D100

Environmental Risk Assessment (4)

Class Number: 4295

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Tue, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Fri, 12:30–1:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    MATH 151 or 154 or 157; STAT 201 or 203 or 205 or GEOG 251 or equivalent; and 60 units.



Students receive theory and practical experience in the control and management of hazardous substances in the environment. This includes the application of techniques used to assess toxicological, ecological and human health risks of contaminants within the current regulatory framework.


The aim of the course is to provide students with the knowledge and experience to conduct professional risk assessments, normally carried out by regulators, consultants and scientists.

Students receive theoretical and practical experience in conducting environmental risk assessments for pollutants and hazardous substances.

This course is designed for students in environmental science, resource and environmental management, health sciences, biological sciences, chemistry and other disciplines. The course is designed to prepare students for professional positions in the environmental field and further study in graduate programs.

The course aims to create a collaborative environment where students are encouraged to support each other in their learning and the completion of the environmental risk assessment project.


  • Assignments (3) 30%
  • Excercises (9) 36%
  • Final Course Project 34%


All students hand in their own work and are evaluated on their own work. All students are evaluated based on their own performance in the course.



All course related materials, including readings, exercises and assignments, are made available on Canvas.


Canadian Environmental Protection Act: Preamble & Section 5: Controlling Toxic Substances

The Canadian Toxic Substances Management Policy

Gobas, F.A.P.C. and H.A. Morrison. 1999. Bioconcentration & Bioaccumulation in the Aquatic Environment.
In “Handbook of Property Estimation methods for chemicals: Environmental and Health Sciences” (Boethling R. and Mackay, D. eds.), CRC Press. ISBN 1-56670-456-1, p. 139-232.

Gobas F.A.P.C., P. Mayer, T.F. Parkerton, R.M. Burgess, D. van de Meent, T. Gouin. 2018.
A Chemical Activity Approach to Exposure and Risk Assessment of Chemicals. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 37(5):1235-1251.

Mackay D. 2001. Multimedia Environmental Models: The Fugacity Approach. CRC Press. Second Edition

Mackay et al. 2011. Chemical activity as an integrating concept in environmental assessment and management of contaminants. Integ. Environ. Assess. Manag. 7:248-255.

Richards Ira. S. and Marie Bourgeois. 2013. Principles and Practice of Toxicology in Public Health, Edition, 2nd edition. Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2013

UN Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. https://www.un.org/ldcportal/stockholm-convention-on-persistent-organic-pollutants-pops/

USEPA. Integrated Risk Information System. https://www.epa.gov/iris


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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