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Undergraduate Course: Sustainable Chemistry Level 10 (CHEM10023)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA lecture course covering an introduction to the principles of ¿Green¿ or ¿Sustainable Chemistry¿, including the impact that the chemical industry has on human health and the environment, sustainable approaches to resource extraction and utilisation, and the role that catalysts can play in pollution control and increasing feedstock and energy efficiency. The course comprises individual lecture courses on the five topics.
Either the Level 10 or Level 11 version of this course (as specified in the degree programme tables) is a compulsory requirement for Year 4/5 students on degrees in Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry but can be taken by Year 4/5 students on any Chemistry degree programme.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Chemistry 3A (CHEM09005) AND Chemistry 3B (CHEM09006) AND Chemistry 3P Practical and Transferable Skills (CHEM09007)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Sustainable Chemistry Level 11 (CHEM11025)
Other requirements Must include a weighted average of Grade D or higher in Chemistry 3A and Chemistry 3B, at the first attempt; or with the permission of Head of School.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Summative Assessment Hours 2.5, Revision Session Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One degree exam of 2.5 hours.
Feedback Feedback is provided through the tutorials and workshops associated with the individual component lecture courses. Problem material will be made available for preparation in advance of the tutorial or workshop. Although these are not marked, material should always be attempted in advance as they are a good self-check on how well the material from the lectures has been understood, and the tutorials provide the opportunity to ask questions to resolve any difficulties with a particular topic.
Opportunity for additional discussion and feedback for individual lecture courses is also arranged in the examination period.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Knowledge and Understanding : At the end of this course students will be able to show an understanding of the principal concepts and applications of ¿Green Chemistry¿. Be aware of the difficulties in defining the boundaries of systems in order to minimise the impact of individual manufacturing processes. Understand the chemistry of extractive metallurgy and the contrasts between smelting and related pyro-metallurgical processes and hydrometallurgical recovery methodologies. Appreciate the contributions of biotechnology to the improved sustainability of chemicals production. Understand the environmental impact of automotive exhaust emissions and the role of catalyst technology in meeting both European and North American emissions legislation. Appreciate how catalysis based systems may provide 'clean technologies' for heavy industry and power generation.
  2. Practice: Applied Knowledge, Skills and Understanding: Apply this integrated knowledge in a "systems engineering" approach to the design of new products and processes and an appreciation of how this is being implemented in various industrial sectors in response to a combination of diminishing resources as well as economic and political pressures.
  3. Generic Cognitive Skills: Critically review current resources, routes and production of chemicals (either large scale intermediates or fine chemicals) and demonstrate an ability to analyse or assess complex problems based on diverse, or limited, datasets.
  4. Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills: Interpret and use a wide range of numerical, graphical and schematic data and communicate this effectively.
  5. Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others: Show an appreciation of complex ethical, economical and professional issues related to the production of chemicals in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes or practices.
Learning Resources
Learning Resources:
The sets of slides of all individual lecture courses will be made available to students by the lecturers in advance.
General text (Reserve; Darwin Library):
¿Green Chemistry - An Introductory text¿, M. Lancaster, RSC, 2002. ISBN 0-85404-620-8
Primary literature Resources:
Accounts of Chemical Research, 2002, 35(9), 695-705.
Journal of Molecular Catalysis: Part A, 2002, 182-183, 419-437.
Green Chemistry, 2005, 7(5), 267-278.
Green Chemistry, 1999, 1(1), 1-8.
Chemical Communications, 2008, (29), 3352-3365.
Catalysis Today, 2000, 55(1-2), 11-22.
Chemical Reviews, 2004, 104(12), 6147-6176
US-DOE report, August 2004 (

Further recommended reading will be provided by the individual lecturers.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Numerical, graphical and schematic data analysis and processing skills.
Note-taking skills in lectures
Making informed judgements on complex issues based on science, economy and ethics.
Additional Class Delivery Information 30 hours lectures + 6 hours tutorials, at times arranged.
Course organiserProf Jason Love
Tel: (0131 6)50 4762
Course secretaryMr Craig Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 4710
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