1 x 1-hour lecture per semester
1 x 2-hour tutorial weekly
2 x 3-hour laboratories per semester
4 x 2-hour computer labs per semester
1 x 1-hour on-line lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line tutorial weekly
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 ^ EASC1101 - Earth and Environmental Sciences
2 1 of CHEM1101, CHEM1201, ENGR1722
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Enrolment not permitted
1 of EASC8751, WARM8751 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic covers those aspects of water chemistry relevant for an understanding of pollution, water quality and hydrogeochemistry, and includes the physical and chemical properties of natural waters and their classification, expressing concentrations and activity of dissolved chemical species, speciation, dissolution and precipitation, chemical interactions between water, sediments and soils, environmental tracers, nutrient cycles, and solute transport processes.

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide a basic understanding and appreciation of the nature and role of water chemistry in hydrological systems.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Discuss weathering as a transfer of geochemical constituents between surface and groundwaters and the biosphere
  2. Outline the principles of aqueous geochemistry
  3. Outline the major types of water pollutants
  4. Explain applications and techniques of geochemical tracers in surface and groundwaters
  5. Discuss the transport and fate of aqueous solutes and contaminants
  6. Explain the relationship between management practices and water quality

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.