CHEM ENG 2017 - Transport Processes in the Environment

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

The first part of the course introduce the process system approach. The second part deals with the application of certain key principles of engineering and science that are required for any quantitative treatment of environmental problems. Topics to be covered in this course include: Introduction and basic concepts; Environmental chemicals and properties; Inter-media transport; Simple exchange models; Air pollution problems; Nuclear chemistry; Environmental modeling; Plume dispersion; Simple kinetic models.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 2017
    Course Transport Processes in the Environment
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge MATHS 1011, MATHS 1012
    Assessment tutorials, mid-semester test, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Zeyad Alwahabi

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the completion of this course, students should be able to:

    1 Understand the basic concepts of Kinetics and rate of reactions;
    2 Understand the basic concepts of Reactor Models & Ideal Reactors;
    3 Understand basic calculations in Water Chemistry;
    4 Understand the concepts of Fate & Effects of Pollutants;
    5 Understand the basic concepts of Plume Dispersion;
    6 Understand the basic concepts of Air Pollution;
    7 Understand the basic concepts of Greenhouse Effects; and
    8 Understand Radiation and Uranium Mining.
    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2,3,4,5,6,8
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,3,4,5,6,8
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,2,3,4,5,6,8
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2,3,4,5,6,8
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources

    Fogler, H. S., “Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering”, Prentice-Hall, 1986

    Masters, G.M. Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science, 2nd Edition, Prentice-Hall, 1998.

    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course uses a number of different teaching and learning approaches including lectures and tutorial classes.

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

    Activity Contact Hours Workload Hours
    Lectures 24 48
    Tutorials 19 38
    In-class test 2 10
    TOTAL 45 96
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: Introduction to process systems

    Topic 2: Kinetics

    Topic 3: Reactor Models & Ideal Reactors

    Topic 4: Water Chemistry

    Topic 5: Fate & Effects of Pollutants

    Topic 6: Plume Dispersion

    Topic 7: Air Pollution

    Topic 8: Greenhouse Effects

    Topic 9: Radiation and Uranium Mining

  • Assessment

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    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

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    Assessment Detail

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    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.

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