CHEM3006 Chemistry Beyond the Laboratory

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Physical and Analytical specialisation in the Chemistry major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit is compulsory for all students taking the physical/analytical specialisation of the Chemistry major. The focus is on applications of the tools and techniques introduced in detail in CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills and CHEM3005 Chemical Spectroscopy and Structure. Topics include industrial chemistry, green chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, resource chemistry, and aquatic and atmospheric environmental chemistry.
Students are able to (1) understand the principles and concepts related to real-world applications of physical and analytical chemistry; (2) acquire advanced practical skills in (a) performing advanced laboratory procedures relevant to environmental and industrial chemistry; and (b) use of appropriate instrumentation and interpretation of data; and (3) further their skills development in scientific writing, problem solving, critical analysis and teamwork, as well as more advanced research skills specific to the discipline.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written assignments (essays, research proposal); (2) laboratory reports; and (3) end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Dino Spagnoli
Unit rules
(CHEM2002 Physical and Analytical Chemistry
CHEM2220 Analytical and Physical Chemistry)
(CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry)
CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
CHEM3310 Environmental Chemistry
Contact hours
lectures: 2 per week, site visits: 1 to an industrial chemistry laboratory; labs: 5 full-day sessions
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.