CHE351 - Environmental Chemistry

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Subject Title
Environmental Chemistry

Subject Description
This course will emphasize understanding of chemistry in the natural environment (water, atmosphere and soil), the phenomena that can result in changes, as well as the influence of pollutants upon the environment. Aspects of chemical transport, fate, persistence and biological accumulation of toxins will be discussed.

Credit Status
One subject credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe important chemical reactions in the hydrosphere, atmosphere and pedosphere, including redox, acid-base, ion-exchange, adsorption and dissolution reactions.
  2. Summarize the chemical processes used in wastewater and drinking water treatment.
  3. Define critical terms and concepts in environmental toxicology, such as bioaccumulation, biotransformation, dose-response and dose effect.
  4. Evaluate the risk to ecosystem function based on a given pollutant.
  5. Competently perform analytical procedures.
  6. Critically evaluate results of experimental analyses.
  7. Communicate scientific information orally and in writing.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.