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Course Overview

·         The mixture of applied science and theoretical work places you in an 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 paper giving you an opportunity to perfect this style of writing

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Gareth Norton

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • One of BI25P4 Plants, People, and the Environment (Passed) or CM1012 Engineering Chemistry 1 (Passed) or CM1013 Chemistry 1a: Fundamentals (Passed) or CM1015 Chemistry 1a: Fundamentals (Passed) or CM1016 Essentials of Chemistry (Passed) or CM1017 Chemistry 1a: Fundamentals (Passed) or CM1018 Essentials of Chemistry (Passed) or CM1020 Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1 (Passed) or CM2009 Shapes, Properties & Reactions of Molecules (Passed) or CM2011 Analytical Methods in Forensic Chemistry (Passed) or CM2516 Shapes, Properties and Reactions of Molecules (Passed)
  • One of BI15P1 Introduction to Soils (Passed) or BI25P2 Biological Topics in Plant and Soil Science (Passed) or BI25P3 Biological Topics in Plant and Soil Science (Passed) or CM1508 Engineering Chemistry 2 (Passed) or CM1510 Chemistry 1b: Applications (Passed) or CM1511 Chemistry 1b: Applications (Passed) or CM1512 Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2 (Passed) or CM1513 Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 2 (Passed) or EV3001 Global Soil Geography (Studied) or PL3303 Ecosystem Processes (Studied) or SS3008 Global Soil Geography (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course covers a broad range of environmental analytical problems related to the soil/plant/water system. Sample preparation procedures and sampling methods 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, fluorimetry, flame atomic absorption spectrometry, high pressure liquid and ion chromatography, total organic carbon analysis, plasma atomic emission spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The application of these techniques is discussed using a number of case studies.

Associated Costs


Further Information & Notes

This course runs in weeks 31-35, and is scheduled in Thread 1, so may have contact hours in any or all of these times:  Mondays, 9-13; Thursday, all day; Friday, 9-13.  If this is an optional course, there may also be contact hours on Wednesdays, 11-13.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: 100% continuous assessment, presentation (25%), report (75%, maximum 3,000 words). Resit: Resubmission of failed work, a revised write-up and/or competency test.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be provided during practicals, presentations 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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