Not offered in 2019

Unit description

Introduces students to the analytical tools and approaches necessary to analyse the solid phases that often control the environmental chemistry. Familiarises students with modern analytical techniques that are part of environmental sampling and monitoring programs. Case studies will underpin practical exercises to facilitate an understanding of the principles and techniques studied during the unit.

Unit content

Topic 1: Approaches to analysis of environmental solids
Topic 2: Particle size and surface area
Topic 3: Surface properties: electrical, physical and chemical
Topic 4: Mineralogy and composition of solids
Topic 5: Atomic approaches to characterisation
Topic 6: Microscopic and submicroscopic characterisation
Topic 7: Stable isotope approaches
Topic 8: Fractionation of constituents within environmental samples

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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