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CHM209 Environmental Chemistry (8)


This subject examines the sources, reactions, effects and fates of chemical species in the water, soil and air environments.

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Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details prior to contacting their course coordinator: CHM209
Where differences exist between the handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Wine and Food Sciences

Enrolment restrictions


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Have an appreciation of the range and scope of environmental chemistry;
Have an understanding of natural systems and in particular natural waters;
Have an appreciation of the importance of microorganisms and their effect on aquatic chemical reactions;
Have an understanding of phase interactions in natural systems and the exchanges which occur in the bottom sediment;
Have an appreciation of the range and extent of the water pollution problem, together with an understanding of some of the treatment procedures available;
Have an appreciation of toxiciy of pollutants to aquatic organisms and how toxicity measurements are made;
Gain an understanding of partition modelling of chemicals in the environment;
Gain an appreciation of the science of ecotoxicology - the study of the effects of chemicals on natural systems;
Be familiar with mass balances and error analysis utilising 'real world' data;
Be aware of how chemicals may degrade in the environment;
Understand the role and forms of trace nutrients, especially nitrogen and phosphorus;
Have an appreciation of the role of chemical risk assessment.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Gathering, measuring and assessing chemical data; Predicting chemical behaviour in the environment; Chemical transformations and degradation in the environment; Environmental contaminants; Water treatment processes; Nutrient and nutrient cycling in natural waters; Environmental toxicology ecotoxicology and risk assessment.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 4 day residential school. Laboratory and fieldwork


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.