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EA3800 - Earth and Environmental Geochemistry

Credit points: 03
Year: 2018
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

EA3800 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.
Prerequisites: 12 credit points at level 2 and 3 credit points of level 1 CH and 3 credit points level 1 EA subjects
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
EA5046

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 23-Aug-2018
Coordinator: Dr Christa Placzek
Lecturers: Dr Chris Wurster, Dr Christa Placzek.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
    Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); presentations (15%); mid-term test (20%); practicals and tutorials (25%).

    Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
    Census Date 23-Aug-2018
    Coordinator: Dr Christa Placzek
    Lecturers: Dr Chris Wurster, Dr Christa Placzek.
    Contact hours:
    • 26 hours lectures
    • 24 hours practicals
      Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); presentations (15%); mid-term test (20%); practicals and tutorials (25%).

      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.