Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


The course will cover conventional and innovative measurements, sensors and instrumentation for environmental contaminants within Australian and internationally. The course will focus on how to monitor, measure and detect those contaminants in air, water, soil etc. from traditional instruments to novel sensors developed recently.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand the fundamental mechanisms of various modern analytical instrumentation including advantages and disadvantages.

2. Know the frontier development of instrumentation and sensors.

3. Demonstrate capacity to review literatures to compare instrumentations / sensors with each other to identify their specifications, and find out suitable measurement methods for the targeted contaminants under critical conditions.

4. Demonstrate knowledge on project design, plan, management, operation, report regarding contaminants measurement.


The course will cover the following areas:

Lectures include:

  1. Introduction to organic and inorganic environmental contaminants
  2. Detection and measurement of contaminants in the air
  3. Detection and measurement of contaminants in water including waste water, surface water, underground water.
  4. Detection and quantification of contaminants in soil
  5. Analytical instrumentation principle, mechanism, review and selection.
  6. Sensor mechanism, review and selection, including chemsensors and biosensors for organic and inorganic contaminants.

Lab practice include:

  1. Introduction to analytical laboratory practice, project topics
  2. Establishment of projects by selecting targets.
  3. Conduct assisted measurements.
  4. Report.

Assumed knowledge

Students should have background in basic chemistry, physics and environmental science. Knowledge of analytical chemistry would be an advantage.

Assessment items

Literature Review: Literature Review

Formal Examination: Take home examination

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory practices and reports

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 15 hour(s) per Term Full Term


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