CHEMISTRY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

CHE3EAC

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

CHE3EAC is an elective subject that is available to BSc and other students. Students will study chemistry concepts associated with energy and climate, and analytical techniques such as mass spectrometry, separation science and atomic spectroscopy. The lecture topics in CHE3EAC cannot be taken for credit in CHE3ADA.Learning activities in CHE3EAC include lectures, tutorials, computer-based workshops and laboratory classes.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorIan Potter

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CHE2FCA and either CHE2FCB or CHE2NAC

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsQuantitative chemical analysis,PrescribedHarris, DC 2010 (8th edition or later)FREEMAN

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Write coherent descriptions of scientific principles and chemical techniques related to the concepts of energy & fuels, separation science and instrumental analysis for chemical species of environmental concern.

Activities:
Students will be provided with examples of professional writing that describe scientific principles and experimental techniques from lecture notes, textbooks, scientific journals and other legitimate sources during lectures, tutorials and laboratories. Students will develop and demonstrate their ability to write in a professional manner by submitting short answer assessment tasks and receiving feedback on a regular basis throughout the semester. Students will be provided with diagnostic feedback on submitted laboratory reports to aid improvement of report writing skills.

02. Report and describe results with well supported interpretations using correctly referenced professional prose for experiments related to chemical analysis and analytical measurements for chemical species of environmental concern.

Activities:
Students will receive instruction on how to prepare a lab report incorporating professional prose and presentation of data during laboratory classes. Examples of lab reports will be discussed during classes and an example of a good report will be provided in the lab manual. Students will develop and demonstrate their ability to write lab reports in a professional manner by submitting lab reports and receiving feedback on a regular basis throughout the semester.

03. Apply knowledge of the key concepts of the "Principles of Chemistry" as defined by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute associated with the stoichiometry of chemical reactions, structure and properties of chemicals, instrumental and analytical methods for chemical species of environmental concern.

Activities:
Students will develop their knowledge of the key concepts of "Principles of Chemistry" by completing learning tasks such as: pre-lecture LMS quizzes, in-lecture questions, lecture summary LMS quizzes, short answer assignments, and end of semester exams. Students will be provided with diagnostic feedback on concepts associated with this ILO via quizzes administered through LMS which they are allowed to re-sit to achieve a level of mastery. Students will complete problems and short answer assignments during the semester to reinforce understanding of concepts before the end of topic assessment tasks. Students will demonstrate their acquired knowledge by completing assessment tasks on a regular basis during and at the end of semester.

04. Demonstrate professional laboratory skills associated with the use of chemicals and instrument methods for the measurement for chemical species of environmental concern to a level that satisfies the accreditation requirements of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

Activities:
Students will develop their knowledge of laboratory techniques by participating in learning tasks during lectures, tutorials, workshops and, particularly, laboratory classes. Students are required to successfully complete an OHS learning & enquiry task to demonstrate their preparedness to start an experiment. Students will work as pairs or teams of 4 to attain and demonstrate professional laboratory skills and sustainable work practices associated with the use of chemicals, equipment and instruments to synthesise or analyse compounds. Students will demonstrate that they have acquired professional lab skills by satisfying the hurdle requirement that is applied to attendance at lab classes and the successful completion of laboratory associated assessment tasks.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorIan Potter

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
Six 5.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assignment 1:Specific topic assignment during semester (500 words equivalent)10 01, 02, 03
Assignment 2:Specific topic assignment during semester (500 words equivalent)10 01, 02, 03
1hr Exam 1: mid-semester and/or end of semester exam for specific topics (1 hr; 1000 words equiv)A hurdle requirement of 50% applies to the exam.25 03
1hr Exam 2: mid-semester and/or end of semester exam for specific topics (1 hr; 1000 words equiv)A hurdle requirement of 50% applies to the exam.25 03
Laboratory reports: 6 laboratory reports throughout the semester (250 words/report)Hurdle for accreditation with RACI. Students must complete a minimum 75% of lab assessment, and must obtain a score of at least 50% for the laboratory component of the subject.30 02, 03, 04