KRA211 is a Semester 1 unit (12.5%) that covers aspects of environmental chemistry. This unit will develop an understanding of the chemical behaviour of important elements and compounds in the environment, with an emphasis on aquatic, marine and atmospheric chemistry. Topics include general, inorganic and organic chemistry; pollutants in the aquatic environment and wastewater treatment; introductory soil chemistry; the Greenhouse Effect and urban air pollution.
The Unit not only meets the needs of chemists, it has direct relevance to students with interests in earth sciences, life sciences and environmental science.
|Unit name||Environmental Chemistry|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Andrew Seen|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.
- Have an understanding of the importance of the chemistry of metals in the environment and their interactions with naturally and unnaturally occurring species.
- Be able to briefly discuss the composition of atmospheric aerosols and particulate pollution, and understand the terms TSP, PM10, and Air NEPM, the means by which particulate pollution is measured, and the technology used to reduce particulate pollution.
- Be able to discuss the sources, contributions/potential contributions and fates of the main greenhouse gases/species, namely water vapour, carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, nitrous oxide, CFCs and aerosols, to global warming.
- Have an understanding of the importance of dissolved oxygen in an aquatic system, how its concentration can be estimated and/or measured, how it is depleted and how this effect is measured.
- Know what acidity, alkalinity and hardness are, how they are determined and their role in the environment.
- Know what surfactants, PCBs, PBBs and pesticides are, their uses, relative toxicities and stabilities, their environmental impacts, and how their levels are measured.
- Know how drinking water is “purified”, and how sewage and industrial waters are treated before release into the environment or re-use (including for drinking).
- Know the major inorganic and organic components of soil, how they are classified and interrelated, and understand the role these components in detoxifying and stabilising pollutants.
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Prerequisites(KRA113 - Chemistry 1A Hobart AND KRA114 - Chemistry 1B Hobart) OR (KRA101 - Chemistry 1A AND KRA102 - Chemistry 1B) OR (KRA170 - Chemistry of Materials)
4 x 1-hr lectures/ tutorials weekly, excursion, assignments and reports.
|Assessment||Test (10%)|Report (10%)|Short Answer Questions 1 (7.5%)|Short Answer Questions 2 (7.5%)|Examination (65%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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