SET211 - Environmental Analysis


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 2
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value: 0.250

SLE133 or SLE155



Incompatible with: SEV219
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 x 1 hour online content per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2 hour seminar per week, 2 x 2 hour studio per week, 3 x 3 hour student-led laboratories per trimester. All students must attend and participate in practical activities for this unit during the trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

2 x 1 hour online seminar per week. All students must attend and participate in practical activities over 2 days in the intensive week (typically Week 7 to complete assessment tasks).


This unit extends and reinforces the basic concepts of chemistry and microbiology relevant to environmental processes and analysis. In particular it focuses on important aspects of soil chemistry, including groundwater interactions, air chemistry and environmental microbiology. Students will be introduced to the basic chemical principles and processes in these environments with a focus towards the application of the knowledge through a project investigating a new development for potential contamination issues. Students will be led through the procedures outlined in the National Environment Protection Measure in order to develop an environmental audit plan for the site. Students will also be introduced to the instrumental methods of analysis used in such studies including techniques such as chromatography, adsorption and emission spectroscopy and mass spectrometry so that they are able to make an informed choice when developing their audit plan. Students will also be expected to understand the requirements for sustained, accurate analysis associated with monitoring, sampling, sample preservation and preparation, and calibration of instruments that is particularly relevant to environmental assessment programs.

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