Course Title: Environmental Chemistry 1A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Environmental Chemistry 1A

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

CHEM1014

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

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

CHEM1014

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

CHEM1267

City Campus

Postgraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2016

CHEM1267

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr James Tardio

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2127

Course Coordinator Email: james.tardio@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.21

Course Coordinator Availability: Book appointment via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This is an introductory, enabling course requiring no formal prerequisites.

However, if you have not done VCE Chemistry, you will probably need to put in more hours than someone who has.


Course Description

This Course will introduce you to the principles of chemistry within an environmental context and will enable you to develop and practise independent learning skills. This course will also give you an appreciation of scientific methodology and enable you to develop those problem-solving and critical-thinking skills necessary to analyse and discuss chemical and physical phenomena in the environment. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  1. understand and apply fundamental concepts of chemistry
  2. display technical competence in basic chemistry; specifically collect, accurately record, interpret, and draw conclusions from scientific data
  3. plan a chemical investigation including developing a testable hypothesis
  4. work effectively, responsibly, and safely in an individual or team context
  5. develop as an independent and self-directed learner 


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

  • PLO 3 understanding science, demonstrate a coherent understanding of environmental science
  • PLO 2 scientific knowledge, exhibt depth and breadth of environmental science knowledge
  • PLO 3 inquiry and problem solving, critically analyse and solve problems in environmental science
  • 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

This course contributes to the following Program Learning |Outcomes at AQF level 9

  • PLO 1.1 a body knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in both the understanding of environmental processes and the technological advance in measurement techniques, remediation processes and pollution control
  • PLO 1.2 knowledge of teh research principles and methods applicable to studying the chemical, biological and physical processes occurrinf in the environment
  • PLO 2.4 communication and technnical research skills to enable you to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non specialist audiences
  • PLO 3.4 to plan and execute a substantial environmental research based project.


Overview of Learning Activities

As part of this Course, you 

  • will regularly access the extensive range of on-line learning resources via Canvas 
  • will watch the online lectures in which the syllabus material will be presented and explained and the topic will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples. 
  • during the lectures you will work through examples and problems. 
  • should attend (on-line) weekly tutorials that will reinforce lecture materials. 
  • will routinely attend and participate in weekly practical sessions and you will learn to prepare ahead and plan your activities before entering a laboratory. 


Overview of Learning Resources

The prescribed textbook is:

  • Silberberg, M., "Chemistry, The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change" (McGraw-Hill)

Other textbooks that are used are:

  • McMurry, J., "Organic Chemistry" (Brookes-Cole)
  • Aylward, G. and Findlay, F., "SI Chemical Data" (Wiley)

The Additional learning material available to you includes:

  • Lecture material including class problems available on Canvas
  • Tutorial problem sheets
  • Practical manual with activities that will be completed in the practical class


Overview of Assessment

Theory Assessment

Weighting: 25% 

Addresses CLOs 1 & 5) 

 

Authentic Assessment  

Weighting: 25% 

Addresses CLOs 1 & 5) 

 

Online quizzes 

Weighting: 10% 

Addresses CLOs 1 & 5) 

 

Practical Assessments

Weighting: 40% 

Addresses CLOs 1-5) 

 

Please note that the practical is a Hurdle component and this which means that you must pass this section (i.e. obtain half the maximum possible marks) to obtain at least a Pass grade in the Course. This hurdle assures you will demonstrate competency in lab safety.