Available in 2018

Course handbook


The goal of contaminated land risk assessment and remediation is to ensure the protection of human health and the environment. The underpinning knowledge is the chemistry and toxicity of contaminants. This course focuses on a list of contaminants present in the terrestrial environment, especially their sources, chemistry, behaviour, toxicity and dynamics. Predominant focus is on contaminated land in urban areas. However, some consideration on mining processes will also be explored. Emerging contaminants, such as nanomaterials, firefighting foams, and pharmaceutical products will be introduced in addition to traditional contaminants such as heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. This course includes a seminar on contamination chemistry, toxicity and environmental effects.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of common soil contaminants, including chemistry, toxicity, harmful effects, and behaviour.

2. Understand mechanisms of fate and transport of soil contaminants.

3. Utilise geochemical modelling to understanding the behaviour of soil contaminants.

4. Undertake a literature review and provide reports to communicate results with public, government and scientific community.

5. Work in a group for a team task and in a self-directed manner.


  1. Introduction of soil contamination, including metals, metalloids, PAHs, TPH, chlorinated solvents and pesticide.
  2. The source, chemistry, behaviour in soils, toxic effects to human health and the ecological environment of soil contaminents. Emerging contaminents including fluorinated and brominated compounds, and nanomaterials.
  3. Geochemical models for mineral solubility and understanding the reaction of contaminants (computer lab).
  4. Acid mining drainage in mining areas and pit lakes issues.
  5. Communication and technical writing, in the context of environmental remediation.

Assumed knowledge

Students should have bachelor level in environmental science or related field.

Assessment items

Report: Geochemical modelling and report

Presentation: Presentation

Formal Examination: Examination

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks


Face to Face Off Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks