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Module Code: ENV105
Module Title: Environmental Chemistry
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Environmental Science
Pre-requisites: CHE001
The Module aims to provide an introductory grounding in the principal areas of Environmental Science, with particular focus on the water, atmospheric, and soil chemistry. This Module will provide the students with environmental comprehension, interdisciplinary awareness and analytical techniques.
Learning outcomes 
A. To understand the current state of the Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, chemosphere and biosphere; and the extent to which these spheres are changing nowadays.

B. To learn the fundamental chemical principles and processes those sustain life on planet Earth.

C To study how human activities impact upon the environment (hydrosphere, atmosphere and geosphere), mainly in terms of chemical pollution and disposal of toxic chemical substances.

D. To understand the main ways in which toxic chemical substances are disposed of in the environment; and the strategies followed to reduce their environmental impact.

E. To understand the scale of human impacts on chemical quality of the environment, and their potential effect on wellbeing
Method of teaching and learning 

The Module is taught through traditional lectures and by active participation in weekly workshops and two lab practices, supported by projects, coursework and independent study. To complete this module, students are expected to attend all classes, complete coursework and projects assignments in a timely manner, and prepare adequately for the examination.
Lectures are held every week to cover the following topics:

 Introduction to this module

 Water resources and water properties

 Water as solvent: acids and bases

 Water pollution and water treatment

 Oxygen and life

 Fundamentals of atmospheric chemistry and air pollution

 Photochemical smog and climate change

 Stratospheric Ozone Shield

 Geosphere and geochemistry

 Soil chemistry and soil pollution

 Hazard solid wastes

 Toxicity of chemicals

 Sustainable energy resources

One hour workshops are held every week to provide the lab safety training, lab report writing, experiments instruction, tutorials for coursework, case studies and reviews for the experiments etc.

Two experiments related to acid-base titration and phenol analysis are held in week 4 and 9 to get students familiarize chemical lab work and obtain the basic idea on qualitative and quantitative analysis with UV-Vis spectrophotometer.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     13  6    105  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Final Exam 60.00
2 Problem (2 Sets) 20.00
3 Lab Practical (2 Sets) 20.00

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