CHEM19085 - Environmental Chemistry
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit examines air pollution: ozone depletion, sulfur oxides, photochemical smog and greenhouse effects; water pollution; inorganic and organic pollutants, surfactants and detergents; hazardous wastes: classification, treatment, disposal; pollution monitoring: sampling procedures, analytical methods and modelling techniques. The ecological and health effects of chemical pollution are presented and discussed. Renewable energy and energy utilisation is investigated. Distance education students will be required to attend a residential school for this unit.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 25%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
2015 content was displayed in 2016 Moodle All links will be updated accordingly.
Residential school running across disciplines appeared disorganised, casual member was not organised. Moodle The residential school was run as a cross-discipline experience. The students learnt about geology of the surrounding Mount Morgan Site as well as the acid mine drainage problem and sampling protocols. A new timetable will be given to accommodate any time fluctuations.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Understand the chemical principles relating to the chemistry of the different spheres of the environment: atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere.
  2. Use laboratory skills to make reliable analytical measurements to assess the quality of water, air, soil and food sources.
  3. Be familiar with the important environment regulating authority and environmental guidelines.
  4. Use research skills to obtain information relating to environmental chemical concepts, environmental issues and current approaches to solve these.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Practical and Written Assessment    
3 - Examination    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking  
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence  
7. Cross Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Practical and Written Assessment  
3 - Examination        

Prescribed Textbooks

Environmental Chemistry
Author/s: Baird and Cann Year: 2012
Edition: 5th Edition Publisher: Freeman
City: New York
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Turabian referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorJames Chapman (j.chapman@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Module 1

Water: acid-base chemistry of natural waters

Supplement lecture material with textbook (Baird & Cann): Chapter 10

Week 2 13-03-2017

Module 1

Water: Redox chemistry of natural waters

Chapter 10

Week 3 20-03-2017

Module 1

Water: Water pollution and water purification

Chapter 11

Week 4 27-03-2017

Module 1

Water: BOD/COD, Nutrients, Hydrological cycle

Chapter 10,11

Week 5 03-04-2017

Module 2

Air: Stratospheric chemistry; ozone holes

Chapter 1, 2, 17

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Module 2

Air: Oxygen chemistry and the stratosphere

Chapter 1,2, 17

Week 7 24-04-2017

Module 2

Air: Ground-level air pollution; environmental & health consequences

Chapter 3, 4

Research & Discussion Questions Due Friday (28 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Module 2

Air: Ground-level air pollution; environmental & health consequences

Chapter 3, 4

Week 9 08-05-2017

Module 3

Energy & Climate Change: greenhouse effect; fossil-fuel energy; carbon dioxide emissions; global warming

Module 4 - Ecological & human health: Toxic organic compounds

Chapter 5, 6, 7, 8

Week 10 15-05-2017

Module 3

Energy & Climate Change: Renewable energy, alternative fuels & the hydrogen economy

Chapter 5, 6, 7, 8

Week 11 22-05-2017

Module 4

Ecological & human health: Toxic heavy metals

Chapter 12

Laboratory Report Due Friday (26 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Module 4

Ecological & human health: Wastes, soils and sediments

Chapter 16

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Research & Discussion Questions
Task Description

You will complete four tasks covering selected aspects of water, air, energy and the environment. Each task requires you to write a short discussion, summary or a chemical calculation.

Each topic should be 500 words (maximum) in length. Some tasks require you to carry out in-depth research (you will need to consult with references outside of the textbook, with a particular focus on journal articles). Remember to always cite your sources where relevant.

Full details of this assessment task are found in the unit Moodle site under Assessment Task 1.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Monday (15-May-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

You will be awarded marks for clarity, accuracy, completeness and the ability to research. Full details will be available on the Moodle site.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

Via course Moodle site - accepted file types: docx, doc, rtf only

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Understand the chemical principles relating to the chemistry of the different spheres of the environment: atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere.

3. Be familiar with the important environment regulating authority and environmental guidelines.

4. Use research skills to obtain information relating to environmental chemical concepts, environmental issues and current approaches to solve these.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Laboratory Report
Task Description

The compulsory Residential School includes a field trip and two days of laboratory work. You will be working in groups using a range of advanced analytical instrumentation and techniques to analyse a range of samples taken from the environment.

You will submit 1 written laboratory report. The topic for the practical will be decided during the residential school.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded for:

  • Clarity and completeness (10%)
  • Appropriate treatment of experimental data and correct calculations, including correct number of significant figures (50%)
  • Accuracy of results and sound interpretations of data (30%)
  • Evidence of research (using sources other than the textbook, Lab Manual or the Study Guide) in any discussions or answers to questions, including appropriate acknowledgement of sources (10%)
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

Submit 1 fully written, independent report online via moodle site

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Use laboratory skills to make reliable analytical measurements to assess the quality of water, air, soil and food sources.

4. Use research skills to obtain information relating to environmental chemical concepts, environmental issues and current approaches to solve these.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 40%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Understand the chemical principles relating to the chemistry of the different spheres of the environment: atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere.

3. Be familiar with the important environment regulating authority and environmental guidelines.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy


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