Chemicals are an essential part of our environment. And environmental chemistry affects the world in both beneficial and detrimental ways – both microscopically and globally. This course explores this rapidly expanding field and is ideal for not just for scientists but those working in agriculture, local councils, conservation, biosecurity, land management, engineering and construction.
The Certificate of Environmental Chemistryis an online program that explores the types of chemicals used in the environment, how they can be toxic, and why eco-friendly products and sustainable production is becoming increasingly important.
In this professional development course, you will study chemistry, biochemistry and ecology in the environment, including the relationship between air, water, soil and environmental chemistry.
You will also learn about its environmental chemistry’s applications, and how certain factors like chemicals and pollution can affect our health.
On completion of this course, you will know how chemicals can affect living things, and how certain systems and processes can be better managed for the benefit of both ecosystems and our global environment.
Unit 1- Introduction to environmental chemistry and chemistry concepts
Environmental chemistry through time
Global warming, greenhouse gases and carbon sequestering
Basic chemistry concepts
Charges on atoms and bonds
Organic and inorganic compounds and biochemistry
Used in environmental chemistry
Organic, inorganic and biological contaminants in the environment
Unit 2 - Ecological concepts in the environment
Pollutants in the environment
Degradation of pollutants
Pricing measures implemented by government policy makers
Types of pollutants
Contaminants in the world’s natural environments (biomes)
Water pollution and treatment
Unit 3 - Air and environmental chemistry
Composition of the atmosphere
Vertical structure of the atmosphere
Purpose of the atmosphere
Air pollution and its source
Effects of air pollution
Reducing carbon and greenhouse gas emissions
Unit 4 - Water and environmental chemistry
Marine (ocean) environments
Continental and inland water environments
Water chemistry – important reactions
Water categories and classifications
Water and impurities and pollutants
Water quality standards
Water pollution management
Methods of water treatment
Unit 5 - Soil and environmental chemistry
The nature of soil
Important soil chemical reactions
Soil chemistry and its importance in management
Methods of soil remediation
Unit 6 - Environmental chemistry and health
Health as policy
Specific health risks
Environmental health levels
Indoor and outdoor air pollution
Water pollutants and health
Chemicals in households
Biological controls, pitfalls and positives
Creating green areas and raising public awareness
Unit 7 - Testing for environmental chemistry
Introduction to sampling and testing
Gas/air, soil and water sampling
Agricultural produce/plant tissue sampling
Using the correct sample container
Chain of custody
Chemical analysis in the field
Simple colorimetric tests and simple meters
Chemical analysis in the laboratory
Unit 8 - Applications for environmental chemistry
Environmental assessment and management
Principles of sustainable environmental management
Green chemistry in environmental management
Green chemistry is the future of environmental protection
Environmental building practices
Treating contamination or pollution sustain-ably
Urban planning concerns and considerations
Barriers to sustainability and green design
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.
Professional development for those working in agriculture, local councils and environmental protection.