Inorganic Chemistry and Groundwater
The aim of this Semester 1 10 credit module is to help students to develop a quantitative understanding of aqueous inorganic chemistry, and to interpret groundwater chemistry data sets in the context of water-rock interactions to solve problems of regional flow, pollution and well design.
Hours of various activities are tailored to the group concerned, but typically around 16 hours of lectures, 8 hours of practicals, and 2-3 hours of revision chemistry sessions for those wanting them. Practical sessions include use of a geochemical computer model.
Assessment is entirely by examination. The examination is 1.5 hours long with a compulsory question and a choice of 1 from 3 other questions.
The compulsory question covered a good deal of basic theory, and is multi-part, most parts involving a calculation element.
Two of the other three questions are multi-part, covering theory and applied aspects, sometimes parts requiring calculations.
The final question is the interpretation of a regional groundwater chemistry data set.
Ability to use environmental datasets to develop conceptual models and then test them out quantitatively using both scoping calculations and more rigorous computer package calculations.