Courses & Units

Environmental Chemistry KRA211


Understanding the sources, fates and transport mechanisms of chemicals in the environment is critical to our ability to minimise or avoid anthropogenic impacts on the environment that we live and work in. Many industrial and everyday practices have had, or continue to have, detrimental impacts on the environment, and our ability to minimise or remediate these impacts is an important determinant in achieving sustainability. This unit will develop an understanding of the chemical behaviour of important elements and compounds in the environment, with an emphasis on the atmosphere and the hydrosphere. Through consideration of a number of important environmental topics, such as climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, urban air pollution, pollutants in the aquatic environment, and wastewater treatment, the unit explores the complexities and challenges to understanding and managing the environment. Recognising that environmental management extends beyond simply an understanding of environmental chemistry, the unit will assist students in developing skills to critically analyse and evaluate proposed solutions to environmental concerns.

Learning in this unit will take place through a combination of recorded lectures and readings made available via MyLO, complemented by face-to-face workshops. Prior to workshops, lectures and readings will be assigned for study to support discussion and questions / problems considered during the workshop.

Assessment tasks, including two in-semester tests, will be scheduled as per the Unit schedule to support learning throughout the semester. There will also be an excursion to a Waste Water Treatment (WWTP) / sewage treatment plant during week 12 of the semester.


Unit name Environmental Chemistry
Unit code KRA211
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry
Coordinator Associate Professor Andrew Seen
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the sources, transport and fate of contaminant chemicals in the environment.
  • Describe the environmental impacts of past and present industrial and everyday practices.
  • Appraise past and present approaches to reduce, eliminate and/or remediate the detrimental impacts of industrial and everyday practices on the environment.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050900 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,922.00

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(KRA113 - Chemistry 1A Hobart AND KRA114 - Chemistry 1B Hobart) OR (KRA101 - Chemistry 1A AND KRA102 - Chemistry 1B)


Teaching Pattern

Weekly recorded lectures and readings made available via MyLO.

Weekly 2 hr face-to-face workshops.

An excursion to a Waste Water Treatment (WWTP) / sewage treatment plant during week 12 of the semester.

AssessmentAquatic chemistry quiz (10%)|Atmospheric chemistry quiz (10%)|Aquatic chemistry assignment (20%)|Atmospheric chemistry assignment (20%)|Environmental chemistry non-invigilated exam (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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