Course Title: Environmental Chemistry 1B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Environmental Chemistry 1B

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Bradley Clarke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3358

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3:2:19

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

CHEM1014 or equivalent first year basic chemistry, an equivalent course or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

An integral part of Environmental Science are the underlying chemical and physical principles that determine the nature, composition, fate and movement of substances in various environments. This course is designed to:
• introduce the student to principles and the factual basis of chemistry in an environmental context;
• help develop problem solving skills necessary to understand chemical and physical phenomena in the environment, and;
• teach students how to learn fundamental chemical and physical principles and consequently develop independent learning skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course students will:
• have a basic appreciation of key chemical principles in an environmental context.
• be able to apply those principles to solve a range of environmentally related chemical problems (includes the key skill of analysing problems to work out what is needed in each case – types of problems)
• be able to perform a basic scientific investigation (includes the key skills of manipulating equipment, making observations and recording data)
• be able to undertake numerical problem solving as the first level of creative problem solving
• be able to suggest further experimentation to solve a problem

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes at AQF level 7

  • PLO 1 - Understanding Science, demonstrate a coherent understanding of environmental science.
  • PLO 2 - Scientific knowledge, exhibit depth and breadth of environmental science knowledge
  • PLO 3 - Inquiry and problem solve, critically analyse and solve problems in environmental science data
  • PLO 4 - Communication, be an effective communicator of environmental science
  • PLO 5 - Personal and professional responsibility, be accountable for individual learning and scientific work in environmental science.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

• lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
• tutorial questions and laboratory projects designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
• assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
• private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be provided with lists of relevant texts, library resources (Including appropriate journals) and freely accessible Internet sites. Other material will be provided in class
Students will be able to access course information and learning material through the Learning Hub (also known as online@RMIT).


Overview of Assessment

The assessment will consist of two (2), 2-hour written examination papers plus weekly assessment tasks and laboratory assessment.