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ENVS705 – Air and Water Quality

2017 – S2 Evening

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor
Vladimir Strezov
E7A 5.10
Lecturer
Mark Taylor
Lecturer
Ross McPherson
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
ENVS805 Air and Water Quality
Unit description Unit description
This unit focuses on the chemical and physical aspects of air and water pollution. The aims of the unit are to show how a number of major chemical pollutants are released into the environment, how they react, move and impact the environment and human health. The presentation is set in a context of the science and management of air and water quality. The unit includes treatment of problems in air pollution, global atmospheric change, water pollution and the water resources of Australia.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the language and fundamental principles of air and water quality science.
  2. Interpret raw data in environmentally significant terms.
  3. Appreciate the uncertainty of the air and water quality data and specialist outputs such as air and water quality models.
  4. Define the content and scope of air and water quality problems.
  5. Define air and water quality management problems in scientific terms.
  6. Locate sources of air and water quality information.
  7. Write clear and cogent reports, assessing air and water quality matters for management and public audiences.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Air quality exercise 20% Week 7
Critical literature reivew 40% Week 9
Fieldtrip journal 20% Week 11
Environmental assessment 20% Week 13

Air quality exercise

Due: Week 7
Weighting: 20%

A take home exercise will be distributed in Week 5, due for submission in Week 7. The exercise will comprise of several questions concerning environmental modelling, pollutant distribution, interpretation of the data and short essay answers.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the language and fundamental principles of air and water quality science.
  • Interpret raw data in environmentally significant terms.
  • Appreciate the uncertainty of the air and water quality data and specialist outputs such as air and water quality models.
  • Define the content and scope of air and water quality problems.

Critical literature reivew

Due: Week 9
Weighting: 40%

The assignment will consist of 4,000 words of a critical review of one of a range of set subjects. The review should be performed using scientific search tools for collection of relevant scientific and professional literature. The assignment should assess and evaluate the scientific materials within an environmental management perspective.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the language and fundamental principles of air and water quality science.
  • Interpret raw data in environmentally significant terms.
  • Define the content and scope of air and water quality problems.
  • Define air and water quality management problems in scientific terms.
  • Locate sources of air and water quality information.
  • Write clear and cogent reports, assessing air and water quality matters for management and public audiences.

Fieldtrip journal

Due: Week 11
Weighting: 20%

An overview of the problems encountered and solutions applied by Hornsby City Council in the sites visited during the fieldtrip. The answers should give a detailed outline of the engineering concepts applied by the Council, as outline during the water quality lectures.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Define air and water quality management problems in scientific terms.
  • Write clear and cogent reports, assessing air and water quality matters for management and public audiences.

Environmental assessment

Due: Week 13
Weighting: 20%

Following a fieldtrip to a Sydney chicken farm, the  assessment  task  will  involve  evaluating  a  NSW  EPA  Licence  for  a  Sydney chicken farm with respect to the measurement of environmental impacts, monitoring and its capacity to capture accurately any offsite impacts from the agricultural use. Students  will  have  the  opportunity  to  visit  the  site,  assess  the  licence,  collect preliminary  field  data/observations,  review  available  published  data  for  the  facility and then to draft a mock submission to the EPA about the 'fit for purpose' nature of the existing licence.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Define the content and scope of air and water quality problems.
  • Locate sources of air and water quality information.
  • Write clear and cogent reports, assessing air and water quality matters for management and public audiences.

Delivery and Resources

There is no set text for this unit. The following lists some useful references.

A. Specialist texts

Bunce N 1994 Environmental Chemistry Wuerz, Winnipeg.

Harrison RM 1999 Understanding our Environment: An Introduction to Environmental Chemistry and Pollution (3rd ed.) Royal Society of Chemistry, London.

Manahan SE 1999 Environmental Chemistry (7th ed.), Lewis, Chelsea.

O'Neill P Environmental Chemistry.

Stoker HS & Seager SL Environmental Chemistry: Air and Water Pollution, (2nd ed).

vanLoon GW and Duffy SJ 2000 Environmental Chemistry - a global perspective.

B. State of Environment report

State of the Environment Reports 1996, 2001, 2006 & 2011 published by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities are key resources which summarise many of the important issues which will be treated in this course, and also contains a comprehensive bibliography in many of the areas.

Web site http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/

C. Books

Boyd CE, 2000 Water Quality: An Introduction, Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Connell DW 1993 Water Pollution: Causes and Effects in Australia and New Zealand 3rd ed. Uni Qld Press, Brisbane.

Laws E.A 1993 Aquatic Pollution: An Introductory Text 2nd edition John Wiley.

Pigram J. J 1986 Issues in the Management of Australia's Water Resources Longman, Melbourne.

Smith DI 1998 Water in Australia: resources and management Oxford, Melbourne.

Stensel D, Tchobanoglous G & Burton FL 2002 Wastewater Engineering: Treatment and Reuse, Metcalf & Eddy McGraw Hill, New York.

Williams W.D. (ed.) An Ecological Basis for Water Resource Management. American Public Health Association 1995 Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater (19 ed.) APHA, AWWA, WPCF, Washington.

Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council 1992 Australian Water Quality.

Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Waters ANZECC, Canberra. Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council 2000.

Australian Water Quality Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Waters ANZECC, Canberra.

Brimblecombe, P. 1996. Air Composition and Chemistry, Cambridge Environmental Chemistry Series.

Seinfeld, J.H. 2006. Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry of Air Pollution, Wiley.

Jacobson, M.Z. 2002. Atmospheric pollution: history, science, and regulation, Cambridge University Press, New York.

Unit Schedule

Date

Subject

Lecturer

1 August

Introduction to unit

Introduction to air pollution

V. Strezov

8 August

Combustion

Air toxics

V. Strezov

15 August

Air pollution and meteorology

Atmospheric dispersion modelling

V. Strezov

22 August

Particles

Vehicle emissions

M. Taylor

29 August

Photochemical smog

Acid deposition

V. Strezov

5 September

Urban water quality

Aquatic ecosystem impacts and assessment

R. McPherson

12 September

Water quality monitoring

Water quality indicators

R. McPherson

MID SEMESTER BREAK

3 October

Water quality treatment

Stormwater and sewage

R. McPherson

10 October

Water cycle management

Water sensitive urban design

R. McPherson

17 October

Fieldtrip to Hornsby council constructed wetland, bioretention treatment and stormwater treatment sites

R. McPherson and V. Strezov

24 October

Environmental policies

Environmental licencing

R. McPherson

31 October

Fieldtrip to Sydney chicken farm

M. Taylor and V. Strezov

7 November

Assessments due

(no class)

 

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the language and fundamental principles of air and water quality science.
  • Interpret raw data in environmentally significant terms.
  • Appreciate the uncertainty of the air and water quality data and specialist outputs such as air and water quality models.
  • Define the content and scope of air and water quality problems.
  • Define air and water quality management problems in scientific terms.
  • Locate sources of air and water quality information.

Assessment tasks

  • Air quality exercise
  • Critical literature reivew
  • Fieldtrip journal
  • Environmental assessment

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the language and fundamental principles of air and water quality science.
  • Interpret raw data in environmentally significant terms.
  • Appreciate the uncertainty of the air and water quality data and specialist outputs such as air and water quality models.
  • Define the content and scope of air and water quality problems.

Assessment tasks

  • Critical literature reivew
  • Environmental assessment

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Interpret raw data in environmentally significant terms.
  • Appreciate the uncertainty of the air and water quality data and specialist outputs such as air and water quality models.
  • Define the content and scope of air and water quality problems.
  • Locate sources of air and water quality information.

Assessment tasks

  • Air quality exercise
  • Critical literature reivew

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Define the content and scope of air and water quality problems.
  • Write clear and cogent reports, assessing air and water quality matters for management and public audiences.

Assessment tasks

  • Critical literature reivew
  • Fieldtrip journal
  • Environmental assessment

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Define air and water quality management problems in scientific terms.
  • Write clear and cogent reports, assessing air and water quality matters for management and public audiences.

Assessment tasks

  • Fieldtrip journal
  • Environmental assessment

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Define air and water quality management problems in scientific terms.
  • Locate sources of air and water quality information.
  • Write clear and cogent reports, assessing air and water quality matters for management and public audiences.

Assessment task

  • Environmental assessment