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CM3038: ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY (2020-2021)

Last modified: 13 Aug 2020 14:20


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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Marcel Jaspars

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.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 3 Science Laboratories during University weeks 14 - 17
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 18

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

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

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Formative Assessment

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Resit Assessments

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