Module Identifier EAM2120  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Nicholas J G Pearce  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Bill Perkins  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours  
  Practical   12 Hours  
  Other   Field course, Anglesey, 3.5 days  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Report on field sampling exercise, 1500 words25%
Semester Assessment Report on the application of individual analytical methods to particular media 2000 words25%
Semester Assessment Report on suggested remediation metods for the field site to appropriate environmental quality guidelines 3000 words50%
Supplementary Assessment   

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Devise and implement a sampling programme for geochemical analyses

2. Prepare water samples in the laboratory for geochemical analyses

3. Make rational, scientific judgements on the validity and application of particular analytical methods to particular environmental media

4. Select appropriate environmental quality guidelines for water and soil quality

Brief description

A Masters level module which provides and introduction to practical environmental geochemistry. This course will provide students with the introduction to basic sampling of waters and sediments for geochemical analysis. The sampling programme will be team based and devised "on the day" by students attending a long weekend field course in Anglesey. This course will also demonstrate all necessary field measurement and collection methods (pH, Eh, conductivity), and will form the basis of a small report on sampling. Geochemical analyses of the materials collected will be conducted back in the laboratory, each technique used being included in laboratory reports, and the full data set will be integrated into a final repoprt suggesting remediation methods for the area sampled.


Themes covered include:

1. Methodology for sampling waters, sediments and soils for geochemical analysis and field measurement

2. Field course to Anglesey for field sampling of contaminated sediments and waters

3. Introduction to laboratory sample preparation and analyses for AAS, ICP-MS and ion chromatography

4. Environmental quality guidelines (geochemical) for waters and soils

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
R.C.O. Gill (1998) Modern Analytical geochemistry Longman
Gunter Faure (1998) Principles and Application of Geochemistry Prentice Hall
A.W. Rose, H.E. Hawkes and J.S. Webb (1979) Geochemistry in Mineral Exploration Academic Press
Donald Langmuir (1997) Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry Prentice Hall
James I. Drever (1997) The Geochemistry of Natural Waters Prentice Hall
R.M. Garrells and C.L. Christ (1990) Solutions, Minerals and Equilibria Harper/Geoscience/Jones and Bartlett


This module is at CQFW Level 7