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CHM2951 - Environmental chemistry - water

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Mike Grace


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2007 (Day)


A fundamental understanding of the principles underlying aquatic chemistry and their application in the study of aquatic processes. Includes: equilibria, activity and solubility; acid-base and carbonate equilibria, coordination chemistry and complexation, trace metal speciation, aquatic colloid and surface chemistry, estuarine processes and lake biogeochemistry, physico-chemical features of estuaries, rivers and lakes, light and heat in aquatic systems, major ions in natural waters, redox equilibria, dissolved gases, biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and contaminants, eutrophication. The practical component covers common major analytical techniques and two field excursions.


On completion of this unit, students will have knowledge of the physical and chemical characteristics of aquatic systems, gain an understanding of the fundamental physico-chemical processes operating in aquatic systems, gain an appreciation of current water pollution issues, acquire competence in the use of a range of commonly-used field and water quality monitoring techniques and further develop skills in risk assessment, the use of modern information technologies and data analysis and in the written and oral presentation of scientific data.


Examination (3 hours): 70%
Practical and field work: 30%
Students must achieve a pass mark in their laboratory work to achieve an overall pass grade.

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures/tutorials and the equivalent of 3-hours laboratory or field trip per week


6 points level 1 Chemistry