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Unit Overview


This core unit builds on fundamental concepts learnt in CHEM1001, CHEM1002 and CHEM2001. The unit contains 18 lectures based on concepts of Chemistry in the Marketplace and follows the text book of the same name. The remaining six lectures will be from four visiting industry representatives. Topics will be drawn from such areas as chemistry in the

medicine cabinet, chemistry in the laundry, chemistry of cosmetics, chemistry in the kitchen, chemistry of ionising radiation, and chemistry in the energy sector.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (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 and explain principles and concepts related to international industrial chemistry, including those represented in Western Australia. These will include examples from a spectrum of modern chemical industries; (2) explain the role of compounds and materials found in everyday use in human life, this will include developing an understanding of chemistry in the marketplace and our surrounds; and (3) acquire advanced laboratory procedures for synthetic, physical and analytical chemistry.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) industrial chemistry infographic assessment; (2) written examination; and (3) laboratory reports. 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 component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nicole Smith
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
  • 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.