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CM3041: ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT (2023-2024)

Last modified: 05 Oct 2023 08:46


Course Overview

This course introduces the impact humanity has had on the environment & how chemistry can be used for both medium- & long-term energy solutions. Chemical processes which impact the environment will be described, such as ozone generation & depletion in the atmosphere. Students will be introduced to how carbon capture & storage can be used to reduce carbon emissions from industrial processes & how chemistry can be applied to design next generation solar cells, batteries & hydrogen fuel cells.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Rebecca Walker

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?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This advanced course describes how humanity has impacted the environment and how chemistry can be used to produce innovative solutions for the energy crisis.

Topics covered will include: ozone generation in troposphere and ozone depletion in stratosphere, an introduction to the chemistry and applications of carbon capture and storage, the chemistry of solar cells, Li and post-Li ion batteries and hydrogen fuel cells.

Material will be introduced and discussed in lectures and tutorials. Laboratory practicals will be used to learn advanced instrumental and analytical techniques, and students will apply their knowledge of lab techniques to design experiments which reinforce the lecture material.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 4 Science Laboratories during University weeks 9 - 12
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 8 - 9, 11, 13 - 15
  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 10, 12, 16

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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

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 19,20 Feedback Weeks 27

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDescribe the chemical principles used in carbon capture and storage and how it can be used to reduce carbon emissions from industrial processes
ConceptualUnderstandExplain ozone generation and depletion and other atmospheric processes
ConceptualUnderstandExplain how chemistry can be used to design next generation solar cells, Li and post-Li batteries and hydrogen fuel cells
ProceduralApplyExpress ideas clearly and logically in writing

Report: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 9,10,11,12 Feedback Weeks 10,11,12,13,14,15

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Lab Reports, 2,500 words total

Comprised of 4 x Lab Report (12.5% each)

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralAnalyseUse analytical instruments, including chromatographic systems and trace element analysers, and develop experimental methods and workplans
ProceduralApplyExpress ideas clearly and logically in writing

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandExplain ozone generation and depletion and other atmospheric processes
ConceptualUnderstandDescribe the chemical principles used in carbon capture and storage and how it can be used to reduce carbon emissions from industrial processes
ConceptualUnderstandExplain how chemistry can be used to design next generation solar cells, Li and post-Li batteries and hydrogen fuel cells
ProceduralAnalyseUse analytical instruments, including chromatographic systems and trace element analysers, and develop experimental methods and workplans
ProceduralApplyExpress ideas clearly and logically in writing

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