CQUniversity Unit Profile
CHEM19085 Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry
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Corrections

Unit Profile Correction added on 06-04-20

The end of term examination has now been changed to an alternate form of assessment. Please see your Moodle site for details of the assessment.


Assessment 2 has now been changed to an alternate form of assessment. Please see your Moodle site for details of the assessment.

 

The Residential School for this unit has been postponed and you will need to complete this at a later date. Further details about the residential school will be made available on Moodle in due course.

General Information

Overview

This unit examines • air pollution: ozone depletion, sulfur oxides, photochemical smog and greenhouse effects; • water pollution; • inorganic and organic pollutants, surfactants and detergents; • hazardous wastes: classification, treatment, disposal; • pollution monitoring: sampling procedures, analytical methods and modelling techniques. You will be presented with the ecological and health effects of chemical pollution and these will be discussed. Renewable energy and energy utilisation is investigated. If you are a Distance education student, you will be required to attend a residential school for this unit.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: CHEM11044 Chemical Reactions OR permission from Head of Course.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
2. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
3. Examination
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Evaluation

Feedback

The lectures need to perhaps be reordered so that the information on arsenic, heavy metals, greenhouse effect is on the lecture schedule before Assessment 1.

Recommendation

Excellent suggestion that will be considered.

Feedback from Student Evaluation

Feedback

It was felt that the exam re-assessed the same topics that were previously covered in the first Assignment. It would be good if the exam focused on Weeks 6-12 content.

Recommendation

Excellent suggestion. There will be no duplication of content from Assessment 1 into the Final Examination.

Feedback from Student Evaluation

Feedback

Please provide some pre-lab videos on basic techniques for res school, e.g. pipetting, dilutions so these can be refreshed before the res school.

Recommendation

We will consider directing students to relevant videos online that explain these laboratory skills.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Understand the chemical principles relating to the chemistry of the different spheres of the environment: atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere
  2. Use laboratory skills to make reliable analytical measurements to assess the quality of water, air, soil and food sources
  3. Be familiar with the important environment regulating authority and environmental guidelines
  4. Use research skills to obtain information relating to environmental chemical concepts, environmental issues and current approaches to solve these.

None

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 25%
3 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 25%
3 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Environmental Chemistry 5 ()

Authors: Colin Baird & Michael Cann
W.H Freeman
ISBN:
Binding: Hardcover

Additional Textbook Information

Copies can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Vancouver

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Shaneel Chandra Unit Coordinator
s.chandra@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Water: Acid-base Chemistry of Natural Waters

Chapter

Chapters 10, 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Water: Redox Chemistry of Natural Waters

Chapter

Chapter 10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Water: Water Pollution and Water Purification

Chapter

Chapter 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Water: BOD/COD, Nutrients, Hydrological Cycle

Chapter

Chapters 10, 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Air: Stratospheric Chemistry; Ozone Hole

Chapter

Chapters 1, 2, 17

Events and Submissions/Topic

Problem-solving and writing Due: Week 5 Friday (10 Apr 2020) 12:00 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Air: Oxygen Chemistry and the Stratosphere

Chapter

Chapters 1, 2, 17

Events and Submissions/Topic

Residential School (20 - 21 April)

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Air: Ground-level Air Pollution; Environmental and Health Consequences

Chapter

Chapters 3, 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Report from Residential School Due: Week 7 Tuesday (28 Apr 2020) 12:00 pm AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Air: Ground-level Air Pollution; Environmental and Health Consequences

Chapter

Chapters 3, 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Energy & Climate Change: Greenhouse Effect, Fossil-fuel Energy, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, Global Warming

Ecological and Human Health: Toxic Organic Compounds


Chapter

Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Energy & Climate Change: Renewable Energy, Alternative Fuels and the Hydrogen Economy

Chapter

Chapters 5, 6, 7., 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Ecological and Human Health: Toxic Heavy Metals and Metalloids

Chapter

Chapter 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Ecological and Human Health: Wastes, Soils and Sediments

Chapter

Chapter 16

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Problem-solving and writing

Task Description

This assessment task relates to the Unit Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4. It is to be submitted online through the Moodle support site for this unit.  This assessment task requires some research (i.e. you need to consult references outside of the textbook; however, do not limit yourself to the internet). It is important to start on this assessment task as early as possible.  Remember to always cite your sources throughout your report.  

There are 2 parts to Assessment Task 1.  Part A requires you to solve numerical and descriptive problems,  Part B requires you to research an environmental issue in Australia.


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (10 Apr 2020) 12:00 pm AEST

Submission via Moodle


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Friday (1 May 2020)

Feedback and marks to be provided via Moodle.


Weighting
25%

Minimum mark or grade
30%

Assessment Criteria

Part A (50%) - Weeks 1 - 5

Full marks for correct answers and partial marks depending on accuracy of answers.


Part B (50%) - Writing Task

· Clarity of description of incident (20%)

· Factual basis as evidenced by supporting literature (30%)

· The use of sound scientific reasoning in any interpretation of information (25%)

· Correctly cited references (15%)

· Presentation including adherence to 500-word limit (10%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
To be submitted individually via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Understand the chemical principles relating to the chemistry of the different spheres of the environment: atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere
  • Be familiar with the important environment regulating authority and environmental guidelines
  • Use research skills to obtain information relating to environmental chemical concepts, environmental issues and current approaches to solve these.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence

2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Report from Residential School

Task Description

The objective of this assessment task is to produce a scientific laboratory report. This report will be based on the chemical analyses you have carried out during the residential school. 


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Tuesday (28 Apr 2020) 12:00 pm AEST

To be submitted individually, via Moodle


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Tuesday (12 May 2020)

Feedback and marks to be tendered via Moodle.


Weighting
25%

Minimum mark or grade
30%

Assessment Criteria

Title, Aim and Introduction to practical exercise: 25 marks

Outline of procedure (exact and with sufficient detail and clarity to be reproduced in another laboratory): 15 marks

Data organisation (tabulated, graphed for clarity): 15 marks

Data verification (accuracy and precision estimation): 15 marks

Comparison of data with other similar work, calculations etc.: 15 marks

Overall presentation of report, citations and referencing: 15 marks


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
To be submitted individually via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Use laboratory skills to make reliable analytical measurements to assess the quality of water, air, soil and food sources
  • Use research skills to obtain information relating to environmental chemical concepts, environmental issues and current approaches to solve these.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
180 minutes

Minimum mark or grade
40

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised
Closed Book
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