CHEM12078 - Industrial Atmospheric Emissions

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The recent introduction of the National Clean Air Agreement by the Commonwealth, State, and Territory governments, highlights that industrial atmospheric emissions have serious environmental, public health and economic impacts. In the Industrial Atmospheric Emissions unit, you will be introduced to air pollution (both natural and industrial emissions), air pollution meteorology, monitoring, and regulation with an emphasis on practical applications in the Australian context. You will develop an understanding of atmospheric chemistry, the effects of air quality on public health and the environment, and the regulatory and management practices employed to achieve air quality goals.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences

CHEM11043 Atoms, Molecules and Matter


GEOG12020 Australian Weather and Climate

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation and Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Examination 40%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% response rate.

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.

Source: Have Your Say
Design of the units Moodle site is very tablet device friendly
Design of units Moodle site (particularly use of 'tap and go' buttons will be maintained.
Action Taken
The Moodle site has retained the present form of availing content via buttons.
Source: Have Your Say
Students felt that the residential school was of great benefit and highlighted the usefulness of interacting with industry.
The Chemistry team will continue their efforts to ensure a good learning experience for the students. CHEM12078 Industrial atmospheric Emissions residential school is very "real world" /industry focused. Consequently the Chemistry team would like to thank our contacts in Gladstones Industry community for their time and invaluable assisitance.
Action Taken
Due to the accreditation of the Applied Chemistry major, a review of the learning outcomes of this unit shows it does not address many of the threshold learning outcomes of the accrediting body, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Hence, this unit will be withdrawn from 2019 onward.
Source: Have Your Say
Students appreciated the timely return of assessment marks and feedback
The Chemistry team will continue their efforts to return feedback and marks in an appropriate time frame
Action Taken
The practice of timely return of the submitted assessments was continued in 2019.
Source: Have Your Say
Students expressed concern that the unit was "skewed" too much towards air quality evaluation, leglislation and environmental management.
The unit deals with the application of chemistry in real world scenarios, (be it industry or government - policy focused and thus is not solely concerned with lab based analysis). Consequently a sound knowledge of the air quality evaluation, leglislation and environmental management (particularly atmospheric) is required. A greater effort will be made to communicate this information to the students in the course of their study.
Action Taken
We recognize that the unit is rather removed from mainstream chemistry. For the same reason, it does not meet several expected threshold learning outcomes that a second-year chemistry unit should. As a result, and driven by the accreditation of the Applied Chemistry major, this unit will be withdrawn from 2019 onward. Instead, atmospheric chemistry will be strengthened in another equivalent chemistry unit, CHEM19085 - Environmental Chemistry, from 2020.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the nature of atmospheric pollution, the behaviour of emission plumes and the relevant meteorological determinants influencing the dispersion of emissions
  2. Explain and apply Australia's current legislative framework for air quality and its regulation
  3. Describe the nature of atmospheric pollutants as well as the methods for identifying emission sources
  4. Identify suitable methods and discuss their application for control of emissions from point sources
  5. Implement the principles of air quality audits and describe the methods available for protecting staff health
  6. Report the key risks related to occupational health and safety posed by gaseous and particulate emissions in the workplace.

Potential RACI accreditation of the unit - currently in discussion with RACI

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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