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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Geochemistry major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

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.

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 scientific reports based on laboratory exercises component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Assoc Prof Matthew Piggott
Unit rules
or Unit(s) CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Contact hours
lectures: 2 per week for 13 weeks
lab sessions: 6 x 6-hours
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