CHEM19085 - Environmental Chemistry

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

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

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Written Assessment 30%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 50%
3. Online Test 20%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 66.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 42.86% 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
Feedback
I feel that if the importance about something was explained before the details, it would be helpful in our understanding. E.g. Carbonate chemistry calculations preceded why we need to know about Carbonate chemistry
Recommendation
This is a good suggestion. The carbonate chemistry lecture sequencing will be relooked at to ensure that calculations come after the importance of carbonates is presented. The sequencing of all other topics will also be re-checked at the same time.
Action Taken
The topic sequencing was arranged in line with the student feedback.
Source: Evaluations
Feedback
Please post the date of the final assessment in addition to just an email about the time and date as is done for other assessment tasks.
Recommendation
Concur, and going forward, the final assessment date and time will be included in the Assessment header as is done for the other assessments, on Moodle.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Evaluations
Feedback
The lab report, while challenging provided me with more knowledge than before I attempted it. I liked how it was a local case
Recommendation
The local study component of the Residential School will be retained as it is a very strong application of the theory to practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Evaluations
Feedback
This is a great unit with great applications from the res school.
Recommendation
We will continue to ensure that the residential school is interesting for students and allows them to put their theory into practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Evaluations
Feedback
The unit was well organised and interesting. However, the timing of the final exam was outside of the exam block, during protected study time.
Recommendation
We will continue to aim to provide high-quality materials and a good experience for students to retain their interest in the Unit. There is no final exam in the unit - it was a final assessment instead. However, being a take-home-test, the suggestion is noted. We will do our best to ensure that this assessment does not conflict with the study period.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
The Unit is felt as not being relevant to the degree.
Recommendation
The perception among some students that the Unit is not relevant to their degree is worth examining further. Evaluations will be asked to release deidentified information about the cohort which this sentiment arose from.
Action Taken
Nil.
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.

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Online Test