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,
Sem 2 2019

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 Environmental Chemistry 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.

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, Organic and Biological Chemistry. 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:

  1. Have developed 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;
  2. Be able to use the 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. Have acquired a range of laboratory skills relating to instrument operation, observation and measurement, and write laboratory reports in a concise and systematic manner;
  4. Be able to work as part of a team 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.

Total study hours

Total study hours are 120 h across the semester, including 60 hours of directed learning and 60 h of private study.

You may need to allow additional time for independent study / reading to understand the course material and prepare for any flipped-classroom lectorial activities and your laboratory practicals

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:


End of module tests

Weighting: 50%

CLOs 1,2


In module assignments

Weighting: 25%

CLOs 1,2


Laboratory reports

Weighting: 25%

CLOs 1,3,4,5