• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Chemistry, Environmental Science, Sustainable Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr James Latimer
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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This course will provide students with the skills and knowledge to understand and explain the complex chemical and biogeochemical cycles that drive environmental systems and processes. The course will provide a foundation in modern environmental chemistry, exploring the interaction between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere. Building upon these foundational topics, the course will investigate the chemical nature and physical properties of pollutants. Students will develop an understanding of the chemical behaviour of polluting compounds in the environment, with an emphasis on aquatic, marine, atmospheric, and soil chemistry. Using this understanding, the course will address the measurement and treatment of air, water, and soil pollutants to prevent future environmental contamination and ensure that environmental health can be maintained. This course will provide an important focus on indigenous perspectives and contributions to this field of study. Students will be able to draw on course materials that provide diverse gender, cultural, and geographical perspectives on these topics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand and explain the chemical and biogeochemical cycles that drive environmental systems and processes.
  2. Understand and analyse the energy and material flow between various environmental systems and processes.
  3. Explain the interaction and dependency between biogeochemical, biological, and chemical processes in the air, water and soil and the impacts of pollutants on these systems and processes.
  4. Identify and differentiate between various kinds of environmental pollutants and their treatment methods.
  5. Evaluate methods of monitoring environmental health and explain the steps necessary to maintain the health of various environmental systems.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignments (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Tutorial activities (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Midterm exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Quizzes (5) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Project/Research Paper Submission (15) [LO 3,4,5]
  6. Final Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The students are expected to put in 130-140 hours of work throughout the semester with an average of 10 hours per week for the course. 4 hours per week of contact teaching including lectures and tutorial activities. Followed by 5-6 hours of self-readings/modelling activities, pre-readings, preparation for weekly assignments/quizzes and preparation for exams and research paper submission on a selected topic related to course content.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements for this course are currently not available.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN2222 and ENGN2228.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4860
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7414 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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