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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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe the fundamental analytical approaches used to characterise the solid constituents of environmental samples.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2analyse the primary data to understand key physical properties of solid constituents.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3analyse the primary data to understand key chemical properties of solid constituents.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4analyse the primary data to understand key mineralogical properties of solid constituents.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5determine the partitioning of constituents within multiphase environmental samples.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the fundamental analytical approaches used to characterise the solid constituents of environmental samples.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. analyse the primary data to understand key physical properties of solid constituents.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. analyse the primary data to understand key chemical properties of solid constituents.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. analyse the primary data to understand key mineralogical properties of solid constituents.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. determine the partitioning of constituents within multiphase environmental samples.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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