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CM3038: ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26


Course Overview

This advanced course describes, through a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals, how state-of-the-art and conventional analytical techniques can be used to characterise environmental processes. Important chemical processes which impact the environment in which we live will be described. These include ozone generation and depletion in the atmosphere, an introduction to xenobiotics and the importance of metals in biomolecules.

Students will get the opportunity to use state-of-the-art analytical instruments, including chromatographic systems and trace element analysers during the laboratory practicals.



Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Jorg Feldmann

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CM3517 Environmental Chemistry and Chemistry of the Elements (Studied)
  • CM3519 Chemistry for Students of Environmental Science (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Course Aims:
This advanced course describes how state-of-the-art and conventional analytical techniques can be used to characterise environmental processes.

Main Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course you should be able to:
Measure reactive gases in the atmosphere.
Explain ozone generation and depletion in the atmosphere.
Describe methods for the biodegradation of xenobiotics in soil.
Predict the metal speciation in water.
Explain metal speciation in soil and sediments.
Describe the model of metal affinity to certain ligands and apply these to environmental scenarios.
Recognize the importance of metals in biomolecules
Use conventional and state-of-the-art instrumental analytical instruments, including chromatographic systems and trace element analysers.
Express ideas clearly and logically in writing.

Content:
Environmental topics covered will include: immobilisation and solubilisation of inorganic contaminants in water, soil and sediments; the determination of the lipophilicity and volatility of organic compounds in the environment; the mobility and toxicity of xenobiotics.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Archaeology with Chemistry
  • BSc Chemistry
  • BSc Chemistry with Physics
  • BSc Environmental Chemistry
  • BSc Oil and Gas Chemistry
  • Chemistry Minor
  • Master of Chemistry
  • Master of Chemistry (Environmental Chemistry)
  • Master of Chemistry in Oil and Gas

Contact Teaching Time

100 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: One 90 minute written examination (50%) and in-course assessment (50%, which consists of 5 laboratory reports). Resit: One 90 minute written examination (50%) plus carried over in-course assessment (50%). Only the marks obtained at first attempt can be used for Honours classification.

Formative Assessment

Exercises will be performed during tutorials and feedback will be given.

Feedback

Informal feedback will be give to students after the tutorial exercises and practical reports.

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