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LLLC0186 Sustainability Chemistry

10 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Ellen Avery
Email: e.r.avery

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will allow students to develop their understanding of the impacts of human activity on earth systems. The models that earth scientists use to study the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere will be presented, and then how anthropogenic inputs may have impacted these systems will be discussed. Mitigation of human impacts and how that relates to green chemistry and 'renewable' energy sources will be introduced.


To apply a mental chemical model of the world, appreciating the application of chemical phenomena to environmental examples in order to develop an understanding of the concept of sustainability as it applies to the earth and human behaviours.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. To apply geochemical principles to investigate the impact of human activity to earth systems
2. Describe, explain and interpret results in terms of chemical principles and concepts and be able to apply mathematical methods to solve problems in chemistry
3. Develop knowledge and understanding of chemical theories related to study of the green chemistry
4. Relate the interdisciplinary connections between biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, and physics


The content will cover areas such as:
Organic chemistry
Green Chemistry
Earth's environment and of the progressive exploitation of environmental resources by humankind

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours58.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Independent on-line learning:
Using VLE resources - 20
Private study:
Reading - 12
Working problem sets - 12
Preparing coursework - 22
Revision for examinations - 12

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

In the first semester coursework will be predominately summative to encourage student engagement with the academic content and with the practice of independent study. In the second semester this scaffolding is removed and the focus shifts to more formative assessment to further develop the appropriate skills as independent learners to support undergraduate study.
General feedback on assignment performance will be posted on Minerva, while individual feedback will also be provided upon marking of assignments. Students will also participate in self and peer review across the foundation year.
Weekly quizzes (formative); laboratory sessions; workshops

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Case Study3 x 6 hour case studies100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Due to the developmental and pedagogical nature of some assessments and timings, there is not a viable opportunity to provide a resit for the following: Science mid-terms in the first semester; laboratory sessions provided by external departments, or after a coursework deadline has passed and the model answers have been shared. If a student fails the module coursework the resit opportunity will be an equivalent problem based learning assessment in July. Students who miss any of these learning opportunities can apply for mitigating circumstances and potentially could be given consideration at the exam board. Attendance is required for coursework elements which are linked to an assessment available only at that specific time, in this module, the laboratory report. A minimum attendance standard is expected for lab sessions.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:23:10


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