Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM1031 - Earth and Environmental Chemistry (2011)

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MODULE TITLEEarth and Environmental Chemistry CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM1031 MODULE CONVENERDr Robert Fairhurst (Coordinator), Prof Frances Wall, Dr Richard Pascoe
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
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DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module
To provide a background knowledge in chemistry and its application and significance to earth and energy sciences, and to enable higher level modules to be studied.
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SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
36 Hours total – (18 x 2 hour equivalents) Topic area 1: Nuclear and electronic structure of the atom. Mass spectroscopy. 2 hour Topic area 2: Relationship of chemical elements using periodic classification, and its link with chemical and physical properties. 2 hour Topic area 3: Bonding (ionic, covalent, dative-covalent, metallic and hydrogen) and bond strengths. Physical, chemical and mechanical properties of elements and compounds. 2 hour Topic area 4: Isotopes, nuclear reactions and radioactivity: application of nuclear energy/power; nuclear waste, (part of the ‘Devil you know’ outlook) 3 hour Topic area 5: Chemical reactions. Quantitative implications of chemical equations. COSHH and Risk Assessment procedures. 3 hour Topic area 6: Reaction kinetics. Influence of concentration, temperature and the presence of catalysts on reaction rates. 3 hour Topic area 7: Chemical equilibrium and equilibrium rates and constant. Le Chatelier’s principle. Exothermic and endothermic reactions. Calculation of heat of reaction from bond energies. 2 hour Topic area 8: Ionic equilibrium - acids, bases, dissociation constants, strength of acids, concept of pH and means of measurement - instruments and electrodes. Titrations for analysis of solutions. Acid-base neutralisation indicators. 2 hour Topic area 9: Electrochemistry - ionic concept of electrolytes, conductance comparison between metals and electrolytes (solutions and fused salts). Electrode potentials and the electrochemical series. The Nernst equation. Commercial electro-winning of metals. Commercial processes re. batteries. Faraday’s laws of electrolysis. 3 hour Topic area 10: Basic organic chemistry with particular reference to hydrocarbons, biofuels and fermentation. 2 hour Topic area 11: Water resource geochemistry - pH/Eh, redox, element transport, role of ligands, chemistry of the oceans and surface and ground waters, water resources and pollution. 3 hour Topic area 12: Atmospheric chemistry and climate change – composition of the atmosphere, carbon cycle, effects of greenhouse gases, natural variations, evidence for anthropogenic climate change. 3 hour Topic area 13: Chemical aspects of renewable energies - fuel cells, geothermal heat, biomass burning & fermentation. 3 hour Topic area 14: Analytical chemistry – laboratory safety, concepts of accuracy and precision, sampling methods and strategies for rocks, soils, waters and gases, available analytical methods for different analytes and media, quality control measures, data reporting. 3 hour
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 0 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
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CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 1 (NQF Level 4) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
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