Course Title: Environmental Chemistry 3A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Environmental Chemistry 3A

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

CHEM1085

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

CHEM1085

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Carpenter

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3372

Course Coordinator Email: peter.carpenter@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Room 3.2.12

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have gained a second-year-level knowledge of basic aquatic and soil chemistry and related physical, inorganic and organic chemistry by completing the courses CHEM1058 Environmental Chemistry 2A and CHEM1059 Environmental Chemistry 2B or equivalent tertiary studies.

 You may be able to demonstrate that you already have the skills and knowledge gained in Environmental Chemistry 3A. Contact the course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to Recognition of prior learning (RPL) in Higher Education

 


Course Description

 The course aims to give you further understanding of fundamental chemical and physical processes occurring in aquatic and soil environments and of the chemistry underlying anthropogenic impacts on these environments.

 Topics covered typically include:

 Modelling natural waters – equilibrium & steady state models. Tableau approach to solving mass action and mass balance equations - single phase systems & CO2 / carbonate system in freshwaters. Estuarine & marine chemistry – conservative and non-conservative behaviour. Marine CO2 / carbonate system, aragonite and calcite saturation depth, lysocline, CCD.

 Structure and Function of Clay Minerals and Organic Matter in the Soil. Soil pH and soil acidity. Cation Exchange Capacity and its importance in soil chemistry. The cycles of the main nutrients in soil: nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and sulphur.Sources, ecological impacts and distribution of Soil Pollutants. Pesticides in the soil environment. Treatemnt and disposal of solid and liquid wastes. Environmental chemistry of processes in landfills and the impact these processes have on groundwaters.

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the School of Applied Science Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) at AQF level 7, specifically:

  • PLO2 Scientific Knowledge
  • PLO3 Inquiry and Problem Solving
  • PLO4 Communication
  • PLO5 Personal and Professional Practice

 


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of aquatic chemistry and of soil chemistry;
  2. gather, synthesize and critically evaluate information from a range of sources;
  3. collect, record, interpret and draw conclusions from scientific data;
  4. communicate effectively results, information or arguments in aquatic and soil chemistry, in writing;
  5. be an independent and self-directed learner;
  6. work effectively, responsibly, ethically and safely in an individual or team context

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Overview of Learning Activities

.This course offers you the following learning opportunities:

  • lectorials, where syllabus material will be presented, explained and illustrated with examples and exercises;
  • participation in practical work;
  • completion of written structured laboratory reports
  • private study, working through the coursework and other learning materials and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

These activities will help enhance your employability by further developing your knowledge and skill set, teamwork, oral and written communication and independent learning skills.

Total Study Hours

RMIT stipulates that your total workload for a 12cp course should be 120 hours (Course Design Procedure, Section 3.2).

This course is typically 2hr/week for lectorials and 3hr/week for practical work (which is concentrated into nine laboratory exercises). You should devote the remaining time (up to 5hr/week) to private study, including exam preparation and completion of exercises and laboratory reports.

 

 


Overview of Learning Resources

The course Blackboard site will give you easy access to learning materials such as theory notes, laboratory safety guide and practical manual, assessment task details and electronic submission folders.

The library has subject guides for Environmental Science and for Chemistry.

There is no textbook for this course.

You will require a clean, white laboratory coat free of any graffiti, a pair of safety glasses or safety over-glasses and a laboratory note book for all practical sessions.

 


Overview of Assessment

Note:

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment for this course consists of three parts:

Practical Work - including laboratory performance and reports (40%), which assess CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6. For OHS and professional practice reasons, practical work has an assessment hurdle:

Assessment Hurdle: You must achieve a minimum of 20% out of the 40% allocated to the practical work in order to pass this course.

End of Semester Aquatic Chemistry Test (30%) which assess CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 5.

End of Semester Soil Chemistry Examination (30%), which assess CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 5.