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Chemical Analysis (CHE207)

Organisational Unit Chemistry and Physics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Determining the chemical constituents of solutions, materials, foods, soils and other complex mixtures requires the use of chemical analysis. This unit will provide students with a sound grasp of the fundamental principles underlying modern analytical chemistry and provides instruction in sample preparation, obtaining quality data and the use of wet chemical, separation, spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques. Students are trained in laboratory techniques frequently used in chemical, environmental, and forensic analysis, enabling them to solve practical analytical problems in many contexts.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Understand the fundamental science underpinning analytical techniques such as Volumetric Analysis, Atomic & Molecular Spectroscopy, Separations and Electrochemical Analysis in order to utilise and troubleshoot each technique effectively.
2. Choose an appropriate analytical technique for a particular sample, i.e. be able to recognise which technique is relevant in a particular context.
3. Conduct and assess a range of practical chemical analyses typically encountered in the chemical, environmental, biological and forensic sciences.
4. Understand the importance of quality control measures to ensure the collection and reporting of quality data and results.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/workshops: 3 x 1 hour per week; laboratories: 4 hours per week for 11 weeks.
External: compulsory 5-day on-campus laboratory session.
Due to the nature of offering this unit students are recommended to seek confirmation of the exact attendance dates and requirements from the Unit Coordinator closer to commencement of the teaching period.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a blended one. A mix of formal lectures, problem solving (Q & A) workshops, and laboratory experiments make up the face to face portion of the unit. The workshops are essentially group learning activities where discussion with academic staff and peers is encouraged. . Material in the unit is organized into thematic groupings, (Volumetric Analysis, Atomic Spectroscopy, Separations, Molecular Spectroscopy and Electrochemical Analysis), with links between the themes highlighted regularly. The unit website is used extensively to provide access to lecture recordings and notes and as a way for academic staff to post additional, extension material related to the content of the unit.
Other Learning Experiences External students will be required to attend a compulsory 5-day on-campus laboratory session.
Due to the nature of offering this unit students are recommended to seek confirmation of the exact attendance dates and requirements from the Unit Coordinator closer to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment will be via a mixture of laboratory performance (in the lab and in the reporting of results), a mid-semester test, and a final examination. The assessment breakdown will be something similar to:
Laboratory - 30 % (a pass in this section is compulsory)
Mid-semester test - 20 %
Final examination - 50%
Exact weightings for assessments will be provided on the unit website.
Assessment of laboratory classes is based on the competence in analytical techniques, the initiative in planning and executing the work. The mid semester test and the final exam assess the understanding of the topics and problem solving skills. All unit learning outcomes are assessed in the labs, test and final exam.
Prerequisites CHE144 Foundations of Chemistry/PEC144 Chemical Principles.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PEC240/CHE240 Chemical Analysis or BIO251 Analytical and Food Chemistry may not enrol in this unit for credit.
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Appears in these Minors Organic and Biological Chemistry
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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