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Unit Overview


Students must enrol concurrently in parts 1 to 4 of this unit. The unit comprises an advanced study of modern analytical instrumentation used for the elemental analysis protocols. The unit details methods of sample preparation, storage and both QA/QC and GLP protocols for analytical laboratories. These topics are designed primarily to provide students with a deeper understanding of the use of equipment, ensuring analytical quality control and both designing experiments and interpreting analytical data. The strengths and weaknesses of the techniques are detailed. Laboratory work includes a small research project.

12 points

This unit exposes students to advanced atomic analytical techniques and their application in modern analytical laboratories and trains them in analytical experimental design and interpretive protocols.


This comprises laboratory reports (20 per cent); two written assignments and one major investigative project/method development assignment (30 per cent); and a three-hour written examination (50 per cent).

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Winthrop Professor John Watling
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Science (Analytical Chemistry) (51550)
Contact hours
lectures: 14.5 hrs
labs: 17.5 hrs
site visits/workshops: 5.25 hrs
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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  • 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.