Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitGippsland School of Applied Sciences and Engineering
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Barbie Panther


This unit presents a broad overview of the origins of the environmental pollution problems by studying the sources, reactions, transport, effects and fate of chemical species in the water, soil and air environments. Specifically it will study the influence of human activity upon these processes and provide relevant practical introduction to the basic analytical techniques employed for environmental chemical analysis.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Classify, and state the sources of, water pollutants including oxygen-consuming wastes, disease-causing agents, synthetic organic compounds, radioactive materials and heat;

  1. Assess water quality by the measurement of the various water parameters;

  1. Discuss the chemical processes which occur in natural waters, soils and sediments;

  1. Describe the principles of air pollution;

  1. State the major sources, fate and effects of pollutants;

  1. Discuss tools and approaches for preventing environmental pollution;

  1. Demonstrate competence in basic analytical techniques employed for environmental chemical analysis, including atmospheric monitoring and sampling methods.


Assignment work (5000 words): 20%
Practical work: 25%
Examination (3 hours): 55%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures per week, 39 hours of laboratory per semester


One of CHM1022, CHM1742 or CHM1752