CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
- 6 points
If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 3 core unit in the Geochemistry; Chemistry - Synthetic; Chemistry - Physical and Analytical major sequences
- 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.
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.
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 or 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.
- 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.