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You have no doubt heard about Chain of Custody (COC) issues in the many forensic TV shows on our screens. The shows where faulty documentation destroys an otherwise carefully prepared case and the criminal goes free! So exactly what is a COC? It is the chronological ‘paper’ trail, showing the collection, transfer, receipt, analysis, storage, and disposal of a sample. At all stages, the sample is in someone’s custody—that person is responsible for it.
The COC is just as important in environmental and agricultural sciences -the integrity of the sampling, testing and reporting chain is very important
Did you hate chemistry at school because it was boring?
Daunting? But now you need to understand
environmental chemistry basics for your job?
Have a look at our new Environmental-Chemistry course which starts at basics and leads you into the fascinating world
of chemicals in the environment. Become
familiar with names like POPs (sounds friendly but it isn’t – Persistent
Organic Pollutants) and PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons released when
fuels or organic matter are burned).Learn the difference between oxygen and ozone. Understand how, what and where chemicals occur in air, water and soil,
including the good, the bad, the ugly.
The purpose of writing is to communicate from one person to another. If writing does not convey the intended message; it could be argued it fails to be real writing.
Most people write every day - text messages on the phone, emails, and notes to friends, colleagues, family or others. Some of us write more, and some less; but there are few people who don't use writing to communicate -or at least to attempt communication.
If you understand science you have opportunities, but today’s world is driven by the business of providing people with goods and services.
If you can see ways to apply science to provide better goods and services; your knowledge of science will have application, and “applying that science to people’s needs” is where you find prospects for employment, careers or business.
How to select the right course for you?
There is so much pressure to decide on a career path and many people assume that by studying one course will ensure that they will be guaranteed a job once they complete their studies. This is not always the case. Many people also find themselves beginning a course and not completing it fully, finding they have large education debt (HECS debt) and then becoming a bit lost.
This doesn't have to be the case. Here are some recommendations that we often tell our students and prospective students when they are seeking advice on what to study...