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Course Overview

The mixture of applied science and theoretical work places you in a valuable position for understanding the procedures and applications in modern environmental science. A number of laboratory classes allows you to familiarise yourself with the current analytical instrumentation in environmental science. The course uses examples of environmental issues allowing you to understand the problem, how the analysis was conducted and the implications of the results. The main assessment in this course is a practical write up that is written in the style of a scientific report giving you an opportunity to perfect this style of writing.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Gareth Norton

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What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EV3801 Environmental Analysis (Studied)

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Course Description

The course covers broad range of environmental analytical problems related to the soil/plant/water system. Sample preparation procedures, sub-sampling methods and sub-sample dissolution techniques are covered as are key soil chemical processes and how they are quantified. Instrumental methods of analysis that are considered in the course include spectrophotometry and colorimetry, flourimetry, flame and furnance atomic absorption spectrometry, high pressure liquid and ion chromatography, total organic carbon analysis and flame and plasma atomic emission spectrometry.

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Further Information & Notes


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University week35
  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 31 - 34
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 31 - 35

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: 100% continuous assessment, online quiz (25%), report (75%, maximum 3,000 words).

Resit: Resubmission of failed individual elements of continuous assessment

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be provided during practicals, mock test and class discussion.


Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for each task. Feedback will be provided as written comments.

Course Learning Outcomes


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