PHSC 211

Land, Water and Atmosphere

Course overview

You’ll learn about the chemical and physical processes that affect environmental quality, which in turn affects the productivity of land and water.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):


  • Chemistry IA, PHSC-101


  • restriction Atmosphere, Weather and Climate, PHSC-204
  • restriction Environmental Biogeoscience, PHSC-209

Credits 15
Domestic fees $943.00

Please note: This course can’t be fully completed online as you will need to be on campus to complete some activities.

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Discuss the principal factors affecting the concentrations and fluxes of contaminants in selected environments, including mining, lakes and rivers, agricultural and horticultural environments.
  2. Describe the chemical and physical factors affecting fluxes of greenhouse gasses and global climate change.
  3. Explain the origins of chemical elements and their distribution in the environment.
  4. Recognise how impacts on environmental quality affect the productivity of land and water systems.
  5. Identify the factors affecting bioavailability in waters and soils.
  6. Critically assess the likely environmental impacts of economically-important land based activities
  7. Interpret biogeochemical data to determine environmental quality.

Course examiners


Professor Tim Clough


Department of Soil & Physical Sciences