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CH3041 - Environmental Chemistry

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
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Chemistry of the natural environment. Atmospheric chemistry (ozone chemistry, aerosols), aquatic chemistry (marine, freshwater, groundwater), terrestrial (soils, clay minerals, humic matter), microbial redox chemistry (pE/pH diagrams) and inferfacial chemistry (KF,KD). Biogeochemical cycles (N, P, S). Analytical chemistry. Techniques that are used in environmental monitoring of air, water and soils. Classical methods (gravimetry, titrimetry), chromatography (GC, HPLC, IC), spectroscopy (ND-IR, fluorescence, colorimetry, AA). Electroanalytical techniques. Sampling methods and quality control. Pollution chemistry. Nuclear and alternative energies, toxicology, greenhouse gases, smog, indoor air quality, water pollution, acid sulphate soils, persistent organics (DDT, PCB, dioxin), insecticides, herbicides, heavy metals (Pb, Hg), wastes and waste treatment

Learning Outcomes

  • to address current understanding of the causes, effects and responses to pollution;
  • to stress the role of molecular processes in global element cycles;
  • to survey instrumental and analytical techniques appropriate to monitoring, and provide practical experience in the use of these methods;
  • to provide a general framework on the aspects of chemistry that are inherent in environmental and earth sciences.
Prerequisites: (CH1011 OR CH1001) AND (CH1012 OR CH1002)
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
CH2041

Availabilities

Townsville, Limited, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Face to face teaching (Every Week of SP 1 including lecture recess. Tutorials are given in Cairns and are video linked to Townsville)
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Michael Liddell.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours practicals - Offered as block includes 3 field trips
  • 36 hours - Flexible delivery LearnJCU podcast
Assessment: end of semester exam (30% - 40%); quizzes or tests (15% - 25%); essays (5% - 15%); marks for practical exercises (30% - 40%).

Cairns, Limited, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Face to face teaching (Every Week of SP 1 including lecture recess. Tutorials are given in Cairns and are video linked to Townsville)
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Michael Liddell.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours practicals - Offered as block includes 3 field trips
  • 36 hours - Flexible delivery LearnJCU podcast
Assessment: end of semester exam (30% - 40%); quizzes or tests (15% - 25%); essays (5% - 15%); marks for practical exercises (30% - 40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.