Postgraduate Course: Environmental Geochemistry (PGGE11172)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course consists of 14 one-hour lectures and 6 one-hour examples class/case study/presentation sessions. The lectures cover the main characteristics and geochemical processes of soils, a fundamental treatment of acid-base equilibria in aquatic systems, and an integrated approach to redox and complexation equilibria in soil waters. The other sessions are devoted to discussion of case studies which provide ┐real-world┐ application of the theory covered in the lectures and to student presentations and problem-solving workshops.
Lecture 1 Characterisation of soils and sediments
Lecture 2 Soil properties, erosion and forensic science
Lecture 3 Mineral surface properties and cation exchange capacity
Lecture 4 Instrumental methods for mineral characterisation in environmental samples
Lecture 5 Characterisation of natural organic matter in soils and sediments
Lecture 6 Transformations of organic matter: formation of fossil fuels
Lecture 7 Composition of soil porewaters
Lecture 8 Interaction of porewater organic contaminants with solid phase soils and sediments
Lecture 9 Acid-base equilibria in natural waters 1
Lecture 10 Acid-base equilibria in natural waters 2
Lecture 11 Redox equilibria in natural waters 1
Lecture 12 Redox equilibria in natural waters 2
Lecture 13 Complexation equilibria in natural waters 1
Lecture 14 Complexation equilibria in natural waters 2
Case Study 1 Remediation of contaminated urban environments: importance of redox equilbria (Cr)
Case Study 2 Remediation of contaminated environments: importance of complexation equilbria (Pb)
Examples 1 Soils and sediments
Examples 2 Speciation and health implications
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| There are no pre-requisites but some chemical knowledge is recommended.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written assignment of 2000 words (75% of total assessment)
Oral presentation (25% of total assessment)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understand the composition of soils and the main geochemical processes leading to soil formation.
- appreciate the differences in composition encountered in contaminated soils.
- understand the chemical equilibrium approach to determine speciation in aquatic systems.
- interpret pe-pH predominance and speciation diagrams.
- interpret geochemical research findings and present geochemical information verbally and in written essay format.
|Principles of Environmental Chemistry, R.M. Harrison (Ed), Royal Society of Chemistry, 2007. Chapter 3.|
Environmental and Low Temperature Geochemistry, P. Ryan, Wiley Blackwell, 2014.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Margaret Graham
Tel: (0131 6)50 4767
|Course secretary||Mrs Alice Heatley
Tel: (0131 6)50 4866
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