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EA5046 - Earth and Environmental Geochemistry

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Introduces students from a variety of science and environmental studies backgrounds to chemistry principles, and uses these principles to gain a better understanding of surface and deep Earth processes. Specific topics include elemental distribution in the cosmos, on the Earth, in rocks, minerals and the surface environment; aqueous geochemistry and mineral stability; chemical weathering; biogeochemical principles and applications in the earth sciences; isotopic and elemental ratios as tracers of natural and anthropogenic processes; radiometric dating; exploration geochemistry; pollution processes and issues. Each topic is reinforced by case studies from the science literature.

Learning Outcomes

  • to provide students with a firm foundation in chemistry and its application to the natural world;
  • to engender in students a deeper understanding of the Earth and our surface environment from a chemical perspective;
  • to provide students with the means to assess rigorously and critically scientific debates and environmental issues;
  • to provide students with a wide range of practical skills used in exploration and environmental geochemistry.

Subject Assessment

  • end of semester exam (40%)
  • quizzes or tests (20%)
  • isotope report (20%)
  • practicals (20%).
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
EA3800

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.