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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to experimental analytical techniques and methods relevant to the research laboratory and industry. Topics include separation science techniques; spectroscopy, mass spectrometry; electrochemistry; analytical methods relevant to industry; methods for determining, interpreting and reporting the uncertainties in experimental measurement; and scientific literacy. Emphasis is also placed on important aspects of occupational health and safety.

Note this unit will be offered from Semester 1 2024

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Geochemistry; Chemistry major sequences
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) describe the principles and concepts related to techniques for separation science; (2) describe the principles and concepts related to spectroscopic and spectrometric determination of molecular structure; (3) describe the principles and concepts related to electrochemistry; (4) demonstrate practical skills in the operation of relevant instrumentation and data analysis; and (5) acquire skills in scientific writing, chemical literacy, problem solving, critical analysis and teamwork.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory reports and worksheets; (2) quizzes; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the laboratory reports and worksheets component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Matthew Piggott
Unit rules
Successful completion of
CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity
or CHEX1002 Chemistry Structure and Reactivity
CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics
or CHEX1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics
or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry provided a mark of at least 70 percent is achieved
or CHEX1003 Introductory Chemistry provided a mark of at least 70 percent is achieved
CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
workshops 1 hour per week laboratories: 3 hours per week (for 12 weeks)
This unit will be offered from Semester 1 2024
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.