6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
Six points of level one chemistry and six points of level two chemistry. Students without this should consult the level three co-ordinator.
The development of chemical tools that allow realisation of the concept of a sustainable future - meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs - is the basis for the course of sustainable chemistry. This will be dealt with in three interconnected streams: Introduction to green chemistry, Sustainable technologies and Green energy technologies.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Discuss the historical and modern context of the birth and expansion of 'Green chemistry';
- Explore the social and environmental responsibility of chemists in the global community;
- Investigate the principles of green chemistry and green metrics such as atom economy and e-factors to recognise green chemistry criteria in the practice of chemistry;
- Identify reagents, reaction mechanisms and technologies that should be and realistically could be targeted for replacement by green alternatives;
- Research examples of successful and recent sustainable chemistry technologies which enable environmental benefits through process changes and product substitution;
- Debate the significance of energy in the global economy and associated energy related societal controversies;
- Explore chemical processes involved in new technologies for the transport, storage and conversion of energy;
- Construct strategies for improving energy efficiency and striving towards sustainability in energy consumption;
- Practice technical skills for synthesising chemicals, interpreting chemical data, and collecting unique data using a range of sophisticated apparatus and technologies;
- Develop methods and skills for communicating sustainable chemistry to a broad audience.
Continuous/laboratory assessment: 35% (Hurdle)
Group assessment: 15%
Examination (2 hours): 50% (Hurdle)
Hurdle requirement: To pass this unit a student must achieve a minimum score of 50% in the laboratory practical component and a minimum of 30% for the end-of-semester exam.
Two 1-hour lectures/tutorials per week for 12 weeks and one 4-hour laboratory class every week for 10 weeks and one hour directed independent study
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