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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. 

 

What will Change in 2016

By ACS Distance Education on December 31, 2015 in Built Environment & Health | comments

Change has become the norm, in every corner of our world.

Over the past decade, the speed of change has increased, every year; and there's nothing to suggest that situation will be any different in 2016.

Change can bring both opportunity, and instability.

A rapidly changing world is harder to control, but also offers greater opportunities for those who embrace the situation.

What this is driving change; and where might the world take us across 2016?

 

House and Garden Courses

By ACS Distance Education on October 23, 2015 in Built Environment & Horticulture | comments

Learn to take care of your most valued asset -for most people, this is their house and garden.

We've been teaching people about everything from gardening to carpentry for years; and our tutors know how to help you learn through online study, to get the very best out of any money or time you put into your property.

 

Reducing Urban Heat

By ACS Distance Education on September 28, 2015 in Built Environment & Horticulture | comments
A pop up green space, promoting the positive impact of green spaces on the environment, and the mental and physical health benefits they provide, will be erected and exhibited in Melbourne’s CBD for 24 hours on Monday 12th October 2015.