UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

CHEM3002 Chemical Explorations

Credit 6 points
  Offering
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Physical and Analytical specialisation in the Chemistry major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Synthetic specialisation in the Chemistry major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit is compulsory for all students taking a major in Chemistry. It provides an introduction to the application of chemical skills to problems in the real world through a number of structured enquiry-based learning approaches. These include literature searching to locate background information and data relevant to the problems, a range of experiments conducted by small teams of students, oral/visual presentations of results and extensive interaction via the LMS (Learning Management System) discussion board. Emphasis is also placed on more advanced aspects of core chemical principles and experimental techniques common to physical, analytical, inorganic and organic chemistry.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand principles and concepts related to (a) identifying key aspects of real-world chemical problems; (b) decision making to identify suitable strategies and experiments; (c) conducting risk assessements for planned experiments; and (d) using chemical literature to obtain relevant background information and data; (2) further their skills development in scientific writing, problem solving, critical analysis, teamwork and oral presentation; and (3) acquire skills in the conduct of research to solve chemical problems.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) research proposal; (2) presentation; and (3) laboratory reports. 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) Associate Professor Matthew Piggott
Unit rules
Prerequisites: CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/CHEM3002/SEM-2/2017

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