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Unit Overview


This unit is compulsory for all students taking the physical/analytical specialisation of the Chemistry major. The focus is on applications of the tools and techniques introduced in detail in CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills and CHEM3005 Chemical Spectroscopy and Structure. Topics include industrial chemistry, industrial Nanotechnology and colloidal and surfactants science.

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) acquire practical skills in performing laboratory procedures relevant to industrial chemistry; (2) demonstrate appropriate instrumentation and interpretation of data; and (3) explain advanced physical chemistry concepts which encompass nanotechnology and colloidal sciences..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments (essays, video assignments, quizzes); (2) laboratory reports; and (3) end-of-semester 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 component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Rob Atkin
Unit rules
Successful completion of
two Unit(s) CHEM2002 Physical and Analytical Chemistry
and Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
or Unit(s) CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Successful completion of
Enrolment in
Unit(s) CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
Contact hours
Tutorials 1
labs: 5 full-day sessions (6 hours each)
  • 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.