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Environmental Chemistry 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Environmental Chemistry Online Course
This Environmental Chemistry online course will be of value to you, if you are concerned about the world around you and work or would like to work in global warming, climate change or other environmentally related areas.
This could be as an enthusiastic amateur involved in the environmental movement, or as a professional environmentalist concerned with the ecological balance of the world. It should also be of benefit to private firms, individuals plus public servants, involved in town planning and even bureaucrats and politicians needing an in-depth appreciation of environmental science, when considering new policies. Scientists proficient in other areas of environmental studies, wanting to expand their knowledge into understanding the chemistry behind the impact of human activities on the world, or the environmental illness caused by potentially harmful factors, will also find this program of benefit to them.
Human activity and the pollution it is responsible for, needs to be tackled and so this online Environmental Chemistry course, delivered via distance learning will help you to understand:
- which chemicals are contaminating our environment
- how our environment is being contaminated by chemicals
- how these chemicals can change the world around us
- the facts on how chemicals impact and change the ecosystem
- how this impact affects every living thing
Environmental chemistry has an impact globally in a number of beneficial and detrimental ways, on both a microscopic and macroscopic scale. On the microscopic level, Mankind uses chemicals to tackle diseases in crops caused by fungal microorganisms such as mildews, rots and wilts. However some of the fungicides used are also bad for the environment at the macroscopic level. Chemicals have also made our drinking water safer to drink due to the use of chlorine, which kills a great deal of water-borne pathogens that cause often fatal diseases like cholera, typhoid and salmonella. Detrimentally the use of chlorine when mixed with organic matter in the water, leads to toxic by-products associated with cancer.
Globally, changes in the chemical makeup of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, are widely believed (if not actually proved) to be contributing to global warming. This has long term ramifications for people already living in drought areas or in places prone to flooding, plus the whole world, which will experience some degree of climate change as a consequence.
There is a real need for more work to be done in protecting our environment and so are you:
- an Environmental Manager or Assessor?
- a Resource Manager?
- a Manufacturer or Supplier of chemical products?
- a Student of Science and Chemistry?
- a Chemist who has not specifically studied environmental chemistry?
- an Analytical laboratory member of staff?
- a Factory Manager, Automotive Manager, Mechanic or someone working with machinery?
- a Town Planner, Architect, Engineer, Builder, or Landscaper?
- a Politician or bureaucrat involved in the implementation of environmental policy?
Lesson Structure: Environmental Chemistry
There are 8 lessons in this course:
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
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
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
- Climate change
- Reducing carbon and greenhouse gas emissions
4 Water and Environmental Chemistry
- Hydrological Cycles
- Marine (Ocean) Environments
- Coastal 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
5 Soil and Environmental Chemistry
- The nature of soil
- Soil properties
- Important soil chemical reactions
- Soil chemistry and its importance in management
- Soil pollution
- Methods of soil remediation
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
7 Testing for Environmental Chemistry
- Introduction to sampling and testing
- Sampling design
- Sampling equipment
- 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
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
- Sustainable transport
- Barriers to sustainability and green design
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school’s tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Lesson Goals: Environmental Chemistry
- Describe the nature, importance and scope of environmental chemistry and advance an understanding of basic chemistry including atoms and their components, elements, compounds and chemical reactions.
- Outline different types of air pollutants and their causes and describe appropriate responses to contain, reduce. eliminate or otherwise deal with such problems.
- Distinguish between various water pollutants and discuss appropriate alternative responses to contain, reduce. eliminate or otherwise respond to such problems.
- Describe soil pollutants and compare appropriate alternative responses to contain, reduce. eliminate or otherwise respond to such problems.
- Explain a range of ways that better management of environmental chemicals can contribute toward improved human health.
- Explain different techniques that can be utilised for sampling and testing chemicals in the environment.
- Explain the two broad goals of green chemistry and describe examples of green chemistry used in homes, vehicles; industry and the environment.
Practical (Set Tasks)
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of the most often asked FAQ’s.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at ADL, our students are our priority – we treat everyone as a unique individual.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, as each module has been written by highly qualified industry professionals. The content of the material is presented in such a way that text books are not required. However, if you require additional reading your tutor will be able to supply a list.
Q. What happens if I have to stop studying for a while? (eg. become sick, go on holidays, have a baby, move house, etc)
A. It’s OK to take a break and start up your study at a later point in time. Just let us know.
Q. Is there an age limit?
A. There is no maximum age limit. We do however, have a minimum age limit of 18 years. Below that age parental consent would be required.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are revised and updated on a rotation system.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. Yes. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. When can I enrol/start?
A. You may enrol and start at any time of the year – it’s all self- paced.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. How long do I have to complete the course?
A. You complete the course at any time that is convenient for you.
Q. Completing a 100 hour module – how long will it take?
A. For some students a 100 hour module will take approximately to 3- 6 months to complete. Others take less time and some even longer.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a Project, instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. You may elect to undertake a Project (set by your tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Projects are completed from your home and can usually take a couple of weeks to complete.
Q. If my assignment is not up to standard is there an opportunity to resubmit my work?
A. Yes –
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons, there would be 10 assignments.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would be awarded a Certificate endorsed by TQUK (Training Qualifications, UK), providing you complete all assignments and the exam. If you just want to complete only the assignments and not sit for the exam or finish a Project, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications available please click here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to Design Your Own Diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. You choose modules that you think will help you in achieving your goal.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of all courses and providing all assignments and exam requirements have been met, you will receive your Award and a Transcript.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We appoint Tutors and require that they must be currently active in their industry, with at least 5 years’ experience in their chosen profession.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes – you have unlimited access to your tutor via email through our Online Classroom. You can always leave a message with ADL requesting your tutor to contact you. You decide on how much or how little contact you wish to have.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: [email protected]
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,