SIP251 - Sampling Instrumentation and Practices

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Subject Title
Sampling Instrumentation and Practices

Subject Description
This course serves as an introduction to the application of current industry practices as they relate to the use of standard instrumentation for sampling and monitoring programs.   Sampling techniques for various media including soil, air, water, aquatic, and terrestrial samples will be explored and practiced, in the context of Ontario Reg. 153/04.

Credit Status
One subject credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Define the industry used terminology, principles, and theories used in environmental sampling projects
  2. Apply sound monitoring and sampling principles and procedures for soil, groundwater, sediment and surface water as per Indusry best practices and O.Reg 153/04 requirements.
  3. Differentiate between various sampling methods, as per project specific requirements for all sample matrices
  4. Identify appropriate site condition standard for a given property based on land use, potable groundwater condition and soil texture.
  5. Identify common contaminants of concern for a potentially contaminating activity and area of potential environmental concern.
  6. Differentiate between remediation methods for various media.
  7. Interpret analysis results from an accredited laboratory's certificate of analysis.
  8. Evaluate and compare results from a certificate of analysis with the appropriate Site Condition Standard, as per Soil,Groundwater and Sediment Standards for Use Under Part XV.1 of the Environmental Protection.
  9. Design a sampling plan based on site charateristics, contaminants of concern and contaminant pathways and receptors.
  10. Understand the principles of contaminant migration in a surface and subsurface environment.
  11. Perform sound decontamination, sampling and data recording methods/procedures to ensure reproducible and defensible data.
  12. Demonstrate the operation and use of essential tools, field equipment, and project specific field health and safety procedures to undertake a successful environmental sampling project.

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Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

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Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

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Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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