Course Title: Aquatic Chemistry

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Aquatic Chemistry

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,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Graeme Allinson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3561

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.23

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 CHEM1014 and CHEM1015, or equivalent courses 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 material presented in CHEM1058 Aquatic and Soil Chemistry: Natural Processes. 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 course has two content modules, in which you will:

  • Study the basic chemical principles and environmental applications of a range of physical chemistry topics including Thermodynamics and the Environment, Processes in Solution, Processes in the Atmosphere, Structure and Reactivity.
  • Fate and behaviour of nutrients in aquatic systems. This component of CHEM1059 will explore the fate, behaviour and impact of nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon) in aquatic systems in a way that establishes chemical principles within the contextual framework of wetlands science.

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 recorded content, lectorials and workshops 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

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to access and use a variety of learning materials and resources;
  2. Apply concepts, terminology, conventions and calculations important in environmental chemistry, including developing a systematic approach to solving and presenting solutions to tutorial and assignment problems in environmental chemistry;
  3. Develop and apply laboratory skills relating to instrument operation, observation and measurement, and write laboratory reports in a concise and systematic manner;
  4. Effectively demonstrate teamwork in lectorial and laboratory sessions, accessing sources of chemical data and making appropriate use of this information when necessary
  5. Recognise professionalism in your workplace with respect to safety, ethics, teamwork and communication and adapt your own behaviour to demonstrate professionalism

This course contributes to the following BP192 Bachelor of Environmental Science program learning outcomes:

Understanding science

1.1 You will be able to articulate the methods of science and explain why current environmental knowledge is both contestable and testable through further inquiry.

Scientific knowledge

2.2 You will understand that environmental science has interdisciplinary connections with other sciences.

Inquiry and problem solving

3.4 You will be able to collect, accurately record, interpret and draw conclusions from scientific data.


4.1 You will be able to communicate environmental science results, information, or arguments effectively using a range of modes (oral, written, visual) to different audiences.

Personal and professional responsibility

5.1 You will be an independent and self-directed learner

5.2 You will work responsibly, safely, legally and ethically in an individual or team context

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be expected to prepare for and attend lecture/tutorials, actively participate in laboratory practicals, revise for and submit assignments on time, and spend time on private study.

Overview of Learning Resources

This is a ‘learning-by-doing’ course. As such, there is no set text book or required reading, however information and skills gained in previous courses will be called upon. You will be provided with lists of relevant texts, library resources (including appropriate journals) and freely accessible Internet sites. You will be provided with a laboratory manual. Other material will be provided in class. You will be able to access course information and learning material through Canvas.

Overview of Assessment

There is no exam in this course; all assessed tasks, including laboratory reports and module assignments, take place during the teaching period. There are three types of assessment:

Assessment item 1: End of module online quizzes assessments
Weighting 40%;
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2

Assessment item 2: Assignments
Weighting 20%;
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2

Assessment item 3: Laboratory reports
Weighting 40%;
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3,4,5