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CM3038: ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


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
  • Prof Donald E. Macphee

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.


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

  • 3 Science Laboratories during University weeks 10 - 13
  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 10 - 13
  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 9 - 20
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20
  • 1 Workshop during University week13

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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

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5x Lab reports

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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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