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Undergraduate Course: Environmental Chemistry 2 (CHEM08020)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is a second year level 8 course for science students who wish to expand their knowledge into the applied field of environmental chemistry. The course is designed to broaden students' awareness of the new emphasis chemistry must place on matters of industrial ecology: how our physical environment reacts to anthropogenic chemicals: how we can make chemicals in a more "green" fashion; how we deal with diminishing resources of raw materials for the chemical industry; how chemical toxicity is affecting the biosphere; and chemistry's role in making our energy supply more sustainable.
Course description This course is designed to allow students to make connections between chemistry and the social and industrial worlds it is an integral part of. The lectures have three main themes; the chemical environment, the pollution of that environment with resultant toxicology issues, and how we as scientists can make the chemical industry more sustainable in the 21st Century. The course also has a large laboratory component which will expose students to many of the techniques used in industrial analytical laboratories.

Students are advised that the level of chemistry in this course is at the second year university academic level and has a pre-requisite of 40 credits in first year chemistry.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed ( Chemistry 1A (CHEM08016) OR Biological Chemistry 1A (CHEM08022) OR Introductory Chemistry for Biologists (CHEM07001)) AND ( Chemistry 1B (CHEM08017) OR Biological Chemistry 1B (CHEM08023))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Requires first year chemistry or biological chemistry, or other chemistry qualifications sufficient to permit exemption from first year chemistry.
Additional Costs Purchase of a laboratory coat.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, 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, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 15 %, Practical Exam 35 %
Additional Information (Assessment) one essay, one eight-week laboratory, one 3 hour degree exam.respectively.

Laboratory sessions run on Monday 2-5 pm, OR Wednesday 2-5 pm, OR Thursday 9-12 am.

A mark of at least 40% must be achieved in the laboratory component of the course.
Feedback Feedback
Feedback will be provided through three major channels:

You will be asked to choose an essay topic from a supplied list. During the writing stage of this assignment you will be given the opportunity to garner feedback from the relevant academic staff member.

Each lab report you complete will be returned a week after submission and you will have the chance to discuss any comments and the mark on your report with your demonstrator so you can learn from these and improve for future reports. During the laboratory sessions you will be supervised by a demonstrator who will be available to provide continual feedback on your practical performance.

A series of lecture content-based workshops enables students to discuss in-depth issues with the appropriate lecturer. Small-group, student-led, problem solving results in an improved mechanism for two-way feedback.

You will also be given the opportunity to supply feedback regarding each of your marked exercises as well as an overall assessment for each of your lecture and practical courses. This feedback will be used to improve our performance at the teaching/learning interface. You will also be given the opportunity to rate your lecturers and your laboratory demonstrators.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. describe the basic principles of environmental toxicology, discuss illustrative examples, and perform simple calculations of relevance to the assessment of human exposure to potentially harmful chemical entities in the environment
  2. describe the major chemical composition and processes occurring in the environment, and explain the chemistry underpinning some of the perturbation humankind is causing to the natural environment
  3. explain the role chemistry can play in the design of renewable energy sources
  4. discuss the chemical principles underpinning various waste treatment options and illustrate the principles of green chemistry through its application to various examples of synthetic chemistry
  5. perform accurate laboratory work using a range of analytical instrumental techniques
Reading List
Recommended texts:
Environmental Chemistry, C.Baird and M.Cann, ISBN: 978-1429201469
Chemistry of the Environment, T.G. Spiro and W.M. Stigliani, ISBN: 978-1891389702
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry, N.J.Bunce, 0-920063-50-0
Environmental Chemistry, S.E. Manahan, ISBN: 978-1566706339
Understanding Out Environment, R.M. Harrison, ISBN: 978-0851862330
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Time management (laboratory)
Independent planning (laboratory)
Appreciation of the role of science in society (essay)
Good Laboratory Practise (GLP) (laboratory)
Appreciation of the role of chemistry in industry (career seminars)
Additional Class Delivery Information 24 hours lecture, 6 hours example classes, 24 hours laboratories
KeywordsEC2,environmental chemistry
Course organiserDr Murray Low
Tel: (0131 6)50 4766
Course secretaryMs Susan Maitland
Tel: (0131 6)50 4707
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