CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (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
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This core unit introduces students to the literature of chemistry, important aspects of occupational health and safety relevant to the chemical laboratory as well as understanding occupation health and safety legislation.
Furthermore, an essential portion of lectures will introduce key scientific writing techniques, in particular learning how to compile and write laboratory reports.
Lectures will also cover how to plan and design an experiment and solve problems in the laboratory. Chemistry terminology will also be covered in lectures and the laboratory.
Students are able to (1) describe principles and concepts related to legislative requirements for management of hazardous substances.; (2) describe principles and concepts related to principles for safe work in a chemical laboratory.; (3) describe principles and concepts related to he diverse literature of chemistry and chemicals.; (4) demonstrate acquisition of basic practical skills in working safely in a chemical laboratory and generic skills for working as a chemist, i.e. understanding occupation health and safety legislation; and (5) demonstrate development of their skills development in scientific writing, problem solving, critical analysis, as well as more advanced research skills specific to the chemistry profession..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) communication activities; (2) a final written examination paper; and (3) scientific reports based on laboratory exercises. 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)
Professor Allan McKinley
Unit rules
CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
CHEM3309 Chemistry in the Workplace
Contact hours
lectures: 2 per week for 13 weeks; lab sessions: 6 x 6-hours
  • 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.