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Ecochemistry (6915.5)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science


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To review the chemistry underlying key environmental issues. Emphasis is given to developing and understanding of the chemical species in water, soil and air, their sources, reactions, effects and fate as well as the influence of human activity upon these processes.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Have an understanding of the problems associated with sampling and chemical analysis of environmental materials and have developed literature and database searching capabilities;

2. Gain an understanding of the chemical, biological and physical processes controlling the cycling of major nutrients, the sources, cycling and effects of pesticides used in Australia and knowledge of the toxicity and biogeochemical cycling of metals in the environment;

3. Develop skills in: interpreting the literature based on recognition of the significance of systematic sampling methods and the role of chemical analysis in examining environmental problems; and

4. Techniques in sampling and analysis of environmental materials; and report writing skills using scientific literature.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to one one-hour lecture and one three-hour practical each week.


Chemistry 1A.



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