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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Perran Cook (Clayton); Dr Juan Joon Ching (Sunway)


The three major components of the environment, air, soil and water, are considered. Environmental issues related to energy are outlined. Soils: natural, constituents, properties; chemical processes; organic matter; fertility; acidity; salinity; remediation. Water: major components; nutrient pollution including consequences and tracing methods; water treatment including sewage treatment, drinking water treatment and artificial wetlands. Air and energy: importance to society; fossil fuel use; combating atmospheric problems associated with fossil fuel use; alternative fuels, including biofuels; CO2 emissions reduction, carbon capture and sequestration.


On completion of this unit students will have developed an understanding of the major components and processes in the atmosphere, soils and water and be aware of a range of environmental problems. They will have gained an understanding of the major options for overcoming the environmental problems confronting our planet. They will be capable of assessing environmental problems and designing appropriate monitoring programs. The unit will further develop students' skills in working in small groups and in the written and oral presentation of scientific data, as well as in solving problems in environmental chemistry and in the use of modern analytical instrumentation.


One 3-hour examination: 50%
Laboratory work field trips and short laboratory reports and proforma reports: 30%
Assignments: 20%
Students must achieve a pass mark in their laboratory work to achive an overall pass grade.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr David Lupton

Contact hours

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


6 points of level one chemistry and 6 points of level two chemistry. Students without this should consult the third year coordinator.