CHEMISTRY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

CHE3EAC

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

CHE3EAC is available to BSc and other students, and is a required subject for students completing a Bachelor of Science with a specialisation in Environmental Science. Learning activities in CHE3EAC include lectures, tutorials, computer-based workshops and laboratory classes. In lecture topics students will study chemistry concepts associated with energy & climate, and analytical techniques such as mass spectrometry, separation science & atomic spectroscopy. The lecture topics in CHE3EAC cannot be taken as topics in CHE3ADA.

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 CHE2ENC

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects CHE3SPA, CHE3EAA, CHE3EAB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsQuantitative chemical analysis,PrescribedHarris, DC 20108TH EDN, 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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Writing (Writing)

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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Writing (Writing)

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