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CH10226: Introduction to environmental and sustainable chemistry

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Mandatory extra work (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: You must have A2-level or equivalent in Chemistry to take this unit.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide students with a critical awareness of the core concepts, principles and language relating to the science and social issues of both environmental and sustainable chemistry at the forefront of the chemical science discipline, and the representation of these topics in the media.
To develop transferable skills that maximise students' prospects for future employment, including written communication, oral presentation, team-working, numerical and logical problem-solving, information technology skills and time management.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit students will have a basic knowledge and understanding of:
* Key scientific ideas behind green chemistry, renewable feedstocks, environmental chemistry, and issues surrounding sustainable power generation.
* How issues surrounding science and in particular environmental science and aspects of sustainability are represented in the media.
* The core concepts, principles and language relating to the science and social issues appropriate to the development of alternatives to oil products and be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of these topics.
* The impact of the use of oil on the future of the planet
Students will be able to:
* Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the impact of the global reliance on fossil fuels on the future of the planet
* Demonstrate a knowledge of potential sustainable alternatives
* Express concepts in their own words in an objective and factually correct way
* Make sense of information presented in different ways, including textual, numerical or graphical material.

Planning and organisation (T, F, A), Study skills (F), Information and communication technology (T, F, A), Written communication (T, F, A), Oral communication (T, F, A), Group working (F).


* Sustainable chemistry: explore the chemical philosophy behind sustainable chemistry and the principles that guide its development. An exploration of issues surrounding renewable resources include solar energy, wind, falling water, the heat of the earth (geothermal), and plant materials (biomass).
* Learning to live without oil: explore the role of oil in the modern world and assess some of the scientific developments that could lead to sustainable alternatives. The development of CO2 and biomass as renewable resources; biofuels; battery electric vehicles; hydrogen as fuel; and the production of biologically derived materials to replace plastics.
* Life in the greenhouse: explore the most significant aspects of environmental chemistry including major issues of stratospheric and tropospheric chemistry - ozone depletion, global ozone production in the lower atmosphere, and atmospheric radical cycles. The chemical nature and action of pollutants of the atmosphere, land, and water sources, will be presented along with prospects for their minimisation, and approaches for their eradication
* A critical analysis of how science and issues surrounding environmental chemistry and/or sustainability issues are presented in the media.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH10226 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.