CHEM 2530 - Environmental & Analytical Chemistry II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

Chemical analysis ?both quantitation and speciation ?is one of the most valuable employment skills carried by trained chemists. This course aims to equip students with a working knowledge and practical skill set for professional analytical chemistry and its application to a number of environmental systems and industrial applications. Students will be trained in techniques used by professional chemists to determine chemical composition and analyse for trace compounds, central to the environmental systems that are covered. The fundamentals of analytical rigour will be addressed and developed through both theory and practical application. The course will establish a sound understanding of the chemistry of the biosphere and the impact of natural and human induced events on local and global environments. The atmospheric, terrestrial, riverine and oceanic chemical compositions and their interactions to produce climate and other environmental variations are examined.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM 2530
    Course Environmental & Analytical Chemistry II
    Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7.5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites CHEM 1100 & CHEM 1200 or CHEM 1101, CHEM 1201 & CHEM 1312. Other students may apply to Head of Chemistry for exemption
    Course Description Chemical analysis ?both quantitation and speciation ?is one of the most valuable employment skills carried by trained chemists. This course aims to equip students with a working knowledge and practical skill set for professional analytical chemistry and its application to a number of environmental systems and industrial applications. Students will be trained in techniques used by professional chemists to determine chemical composition and analyse for trace compounds, central to the environmental systems that are covered. The fundamentals of analytical rigour will be addressed and developed through both theory and practical application. The course will establish a sound understanding of the chemistry of the biosphere and the impact of natural and human induced events on local and global environments. The atmospheric, terrestrial, riverine and oceanic chemical compositions and their interactions to produce climate and other environmental variations are examined.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Tak Kee

    A/Prof Tak W. Kee (tak.kee@adelaide.edu.au) for lectures and MyUni
    Prof Christian Doonan (christian.doonan@adelaide.edu.au) for practicals
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this course, students should be able to:
    1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of quantitative analysis and the underlying principles of the sustainable use of
    chemicals in a variety of quantitative chemical contexts
    2 develop analytical solutions to a variety of chemical problems identified from application contexts; critically analyse and evaluate quantitative & qualitative chemical informations
    3 as part of a team or individually, design, conduct, analyse and interpret results of an experiment, and effectively communicate these in
    written reports and other formats
    4 describe and explain how chemical analysis has allowed/continues to allow humankind to understand and mitigate its impact on the natural world where it must survive
    5 gain an understanding and appreciation for how fundamental analytical chemistry impacts on life, environmental and industrial processes



    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1-5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1,3,4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    2,3,5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3,4,5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3,4,5
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Environmental Chemistry (Baird and Cann, 5th Ed., W.H. Freeman.
    Can be purchased from UniBooks. (Previous editions are also suitable and some copies may be available second-hand.) The Semester 1 examination will assume familiarity with indicated sections of the textbook.

    Quantitative Chemical Analysis (Harris, 8th Edition, WH Freeman)
    Can be purchased from UniBooks.
    Online Learning

    MyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/).

    Maths Resources 
    The Maths Learning Centre (MLC) helps all students learn and use the maths they need at uni. The MLC offers seminars, workshops, online, and print resources.  It also run a drop-in room in Hub Central from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday during teaching weeks.

    For more information, visit http://www.adelaide.edu.au/mathslearning/ 

    For chemistry-specific maths help, visit http://www.adelaide.edu.au/mathslearning/resources/chem
     

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    • Lectures 36 x 1 hour sessions (3 per week)
    • Tutorials 12 x 1 hour sessions (1 per week)
    • Practicals 10 x 4-hour sessions (including the lab familiarisation session)
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).

    Learning Activities Summary
    Methods in Analytical Chemistry (9 lectures + 3 tutorials)   

    • This section introduces students to a wide variety of instrumental methods in analytical chemistry including electrochemical, spectroscopic, and X-ray methods, and instrumentation as well as underlying critical methods for separation of analytes, especially chromatography.   
    • Atmosphere, Soil/Terrestrial Chemistry (9 lectures + 3 tutorials) - The atmospheric, terrestrial, riverine and oceanic chemical compositions, and their interactions to produce climate and other environmental variations are studied. The natural chemical cycles of major environmental importance, such as those of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen-ozone, phosphorus and sulfur, are examined.  
    • Water chemistry (9 lectures + 3 tutorials) - The chemical environmental impact of human activities such as farming, mining, and other industries, and of fossil and nuclear fuel usage, are considered in both general terms and through case studies.
    •  The Practising Analytical Chemist (9 lectures + 3 tutorials) - Students will be introduced to the underlying principles of quantitative chemical analysis, validation and quality assurance, including: experimental design, experimental error and statistics, calibration, chemo-metrics, ethics.
    Practical (10 x 4-hour sessions from Weeks 2 – 11)
    The 4-hour session in the first week is devoted to safe working practices in the analytical chemistry laboratory, with a focus on risk management, chemical risk assessment and lab familiarisation. Three weeks of skills based sessions devoted to standards and error analysis, analytical methodologies and techniques, data acquisition and data handling with a variety of software will follow. The remaining sessions will allow students to implement these skills, preparing standards and developing analytical methodologies, qualitatively and quantitatively assessing results, and placing those analyses into the broader environmental context.  Training and direction on communicating the results of these investigations in various formats will be provided.



    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance is compulsory at all scheduled chemistry practical sessions.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes # Hurdle Yes or No # Outcomes being assessed/achieved

    Approximate timing of
    assessment

    (week of teaching period)
    Assignments Formative & Summative 10% No 1, 2, 4 Weeks 3, 6, 9, 12
    Practical skills proficiency and scientific communication Formative & Summative 30% No 1, 3, 4, 5 Approximately weekly in weeks 2-5; fortnightly in weeks 6-11
    Exam Summative 60% Yes (45%) 1, 2, 4 Exam period
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Practical work is compulsory  – This includes attendance, conduct of required experimental work, attendance at demonstrator interviews (as required) and submission of laboratory reports. The learning outcomes for this course are substantially dependent on laboratory experience and practice.  Therefore, missing any practical class in a semester will result in a grade of FAIL being recorded for the course. Students with medical or compassionate reasons for non-attendance will be given an opportunity to make up missed practical sessions.

    To pass this course, students must attain a minimum of 45% for the examination and attend all practicals. Students who attain a final course grade of at least 45% but do not attain a minimum of 45% for the exam may be offered an Additional Academic Exam during the Replacement/Additional Assessment period, in line with the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy.
    Assessment Detail
    Assignments10%
    This assessment activity specifically covers lecture course content and is designed to encourage students to engage with the subject matter through semester (short-answer assignments or equivalent online tests; i.e. four assignments at the conclusion of lecture blocks in weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12). The assignments are supported and enhanced by students’ preparation for tutorials.

    Practical skills proficiency and scientific communication 30%
    This assessment activity comprehensively addresses the practical aspects of chemistry and competent training in the techniques employed in chemical laboratories. This will include a mixture of proficiency testing for key laboratory skills, communicating (written, oral or otherwise) and documenting experiment outcomes and interpretations. Continuous assessment of core competencies will occur throughout the lab course with specified assessment items in certain weeks (e.g. lab reports, video, oral or poster presentations)An opportunity to make-up a maximum of one missed practical session may be offered during the semester. Students will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate skill proficiency through semester. Students must contact the Course Coordinator as soon as possible to discuss make-ups

    Final exam 60%
    This assessment activity comprehensively addresses the learning outcomes. The exam is 3 hours duration.
    Submission

    Submission of Assigned Work Coversheets must be completed and attached to all submitted work. Instructions on how to submit your work and coversheets will be provide on MyUni.

    Extensions for Assessment Tasks Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Coordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time. The assessment extension application form can be obtained from: http://www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au/current/

    Late submission of assessments If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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