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CSM1031 - Earth and Environmental Chemistry (2012)

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MODULE TITLEEarth and Environmental Chemistry CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM1031 MODULE CONVENERDr Chuang Peng (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 15
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 74
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

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.

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.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1.A basic understanding of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry;

2.Ability to undertake chemical calculations;

3.A basic understanding of the chemistry of the oceans and ground- and surface waters, the atmosphere, hydrocarbons and relevant renewable energies, radioactivity and nuclear processes, pollution of water resources and soils, chemical aspects of sustainability, sampling and analysis of rocks, soils, waters and gases.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

4.Research an aspect of chemistry relevant to their degree programme;

5.Understand principles of laboratory safety (Risk Assessment & COSHH regulations).

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

6. With some guidance, communicate ideas effectively by written means.

7. With some guidance, begin to develop the skills for independent study.

 

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

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 36.00 Guided Independent Study 114.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activity 24 Lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activity 12 Tutorials
Guided Independent Study 114 Lecture & assessment preparation; wider reading

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade

None

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 70 Written Exams 30 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method

Online Exam

10 1 hour 1-5,7 On-line

Coursework report

20

1250-1500 words

1-6

Marking sheet & report notes

Examination

70 2 hour

1-5, 7

Tutor meeting
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
       
Summative assessment Assessment All Completed over summer with a deadline of last week of August
Examination Examination All Last week August

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 30% and/or 1 Exam 70%

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Required reading

Chemistry for Environmental and Earth Sciences ISBN-10: 0849339340

 

                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                            

                                                        

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Harrison, R.M., de Mora, S.J. Introductory chemistry for the environmental sciences 2nd Cambridge University Press 1996 [Library]
Set Lewis, M. and Waller, G. Thinking chemistry GCSE Oxford University Press 1999 [Library]
Set Lewis, R. and Evans, W. Chemistry Macmillan Foundation 1997 [Library]
Set Peet, J.H.H Fundamentals of Chemistry Longman 1978 [Library]
Set Steedman, W., Snadden, R.B. & Anderson, I.H Chemistry for Engineering and Applied Sciences 2nd Pergamon Press 1980 [Library]
Set Tennent, R.M., Science Data Book. Oliver and Boyd 1990 [Library]
Set Gill, R. Chemical fundamentals of geology Chapman and Hall 1996 [Library]
Set Gill, R. Modern analytical geo-chemistry Longman 1997 [Library]
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 Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 17 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH Chemistry, Enviromental, Earth Sciences