Course Title: Environmental Chemistry 2B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Environmental Chemistry 2B

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Graeme Allinson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3561

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.26

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

In order to successfully complete this course, you should have passed CHEM1015, an equivalent course or be able to provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This course builds on the knowledge and experiences gained in the first-year environmental chemistry courses and on Chemistry of the Environment 2A. It aims to give an understanding of the fundamental chemical and physical processes in the environment through a combination of lecture and laboratory work. The program is designed to complement the content of The Natural Environment B and reinforce techniques introduced in Analytical Science and Environmental Analysis.

You will study the basic chemical principles and environmental applications of a range of topics including Thermodynamics and the Environment, Processes in Solution, Processes in the Atmosphere, Structure and Reactivity, Biological Chemistry and Natural Organic Matter. You will also develop problem solving techniques using the knowledge gained in these areas. The laboratory component of the subject is designed to illustrate and complement the theory presented in lectures, improve your ability to work effectively as a team member, to further enhance basic skills in chemistry and your abilities to appropriately collect data and information.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should:
• be developing a sense of responsibility for your own learning and have the skills to teach yourself - this includes being able to access and use a variety of learning materials and resources;
• be developing a systematic approach to solving real-world problems in chemical and environmental areas;
• have acquired a range of laboratory skills relating to instrument operation, observation and measurement;
• be able to work as part of a team in tutorial and laboratory sessions;
• be able to present worked solutions to problems and write laboratory reports in a concise and systematic manner;
• be able to use the concepts, terminology, conventions and calculations important in environmental chemistry - specifically this includes answering tutorial and assignment questions; critically interpreting experimental results, and producing clear laboratory reports; understanding the importance of laboratory risk-assessment strategies and safe handling of chemicals and equipment, as well as health, occupational and environmental issues; and accessing sources of chemical data and making appropriate use of this information when necessary.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lecture/tutorials, laboratory practicals, assignments, private study.

Overview of Learning Resources

You 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. You will be able to access course information and learning material through Canvas (also known as myRMIT).  

Overview of Assessment

During the semester the assessed tasks include laboratory reports and assignments. End of semester tests assess your comprehension of the concepts and material presented in the course.