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Not offered in 2020

Unit description

Provides an understanding of the analysis of the chemistry of aquatic systems. Key areas that will be covered include the assessment of water quality, field sampling approaches and methods for the characterisation of surface waters and groundwaters. These aspects will be examined by developing a theoretical background and the provision of examples of how theory is applied in real-world cases of assessing environmental water quality.

Unit content

General geochemistry of waters
Sampling strategies and approaches
Instrumental methods of analysis (including spectroscopy, chromatography and electrochemical methods)
Data quality and reliability
Characterisation of waters (major, minor and trace elements)
Solubility constraints
Assessing water quality

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics and general geochemical principles of natural waters.
2Describe the fundamental analytical approaches used to characterise surface water and groundwater samples.
3To be able to plan and conduct sampling approaches to determine surface water and groundwater quality.
4Be able to undertake water quality analyses in the laboratory using standard analytical methods
5Be able to analyse water quality data and have an understanding of the data quality and reliability.
6Demonstrate an understanding of the water quality guidelines.

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics and general geochemical principles of natural waters.
  2. Describe the fundamental analytical approaches used to characterise surface water and groundwater samples.
  3. To be able to plan and conduct sampling approaches to determine surface water and groundwater quality.
  4. Be able to undertake water quality analyses in the laboratory using standard analytical methods
  5. Be able to analyse water quality data and have an understanding of the data quality and reliability.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the water quality guidelines.

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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