FORENSIC AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

CHE2NAC

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Forensic analytical chemistry is an elective second year chemistry subject. In this subject, students explore concepts of analytical chemistry as a basis of developing the required skills of a chemist working in forensic science. The successful prosecution of individuals or companies for crimes involving chemicals would be impossible without comprehensive forensic evidence. The necessary analytical skills will be discussed in lectures and developed in practical classes, that enable students to prepare and analyse different types of real-world samples using a variety of instrumental techniques, and the ability to critically assess results to judge their validity. The instrumental techniques include, but are not limited to, molecular fluorescence spectroscopy, high performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, and ion mobility mass spectrometry. Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, and laboratory classes.


SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorIan Potter

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed CHE1GEN or CHE1CHF and CHE1APL.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects CHE2ENC, CHE2NAN

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsQuantitative Chemical Analysis, 8th Edition (or later)RecommendedHarris, D.C. (2010)FREEMAN, 2010
ReadingsForensic Chemistry, 2nd Edition (or later)RecommendedBell, S. (2014)Pearson

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe and apply chemistry techniques and instrumental methods for analytical and forensic science analysis.

Activities:
Students will develop their knowledge of the key concepts of forensic and analytical chemistry through interactive participation in lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes.

02. Describe and apply separation science techniques for the isolation, purification and identification of chemical species.

Activities:
Students will develop their knowledge of the key concepts of forensic and analytical chemistry through interactive participation in lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes.

03. Interpret and assess data from analysis of samples using chemistry techniques and instrumental methods.

Activities:
Students will develop their knowledge of the key concepts of forensic and analytical chemistry through interactive participation in lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes.

04. Describe the chemistry of combustion and explosives, and methods for the forensic analysis of arson and explosive residues.

Activities:
Students will develop their knowledge of the key concepts of forensic and analytical chemistry through interactive participation in lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes.

05. Describe the preparation and characterisation of polymer materials, and the analysis of inks and paints using analytical methods.

Activities:
Students will develop their knowledge of the key concepts of forensic and analytical chemistry through interactive participation in lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes.

06. Demonstrate practical skills needed to conduct chemical synthesis and chemical analysis, and be able to interpret and report results from observations and measurements to characterise compounds and materials.

Activities:
Students will participate in laboratory classes specifically designed to demonstrate and explain the concepts of analytical chemistry. Students will be able to prepare compounds and analyse samples using chemical methods and instrumental techniques discussed during class.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorIan Potter

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 31 - 43
Three 1.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1hr Exam 1 (Topics 1-3): during or end of semester (1000 words equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
1hr Exam 2 (Topics 4-6): during or end of semester (1000 words equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Assignment or Quiz 1: during semester (250 words equivalent)5 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Assignment or Quiz 2: during semester (250 words equivalent)5 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Assignment or Quiz 3: during semester (250 words equivalent)5 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Assignment or Quiz 4: during semester (250 words equivalent)5 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Laboratory reports (1400 word equivalents)Hurdle for accreditation with RACI. Students must complete a minimum 75% of lab assessment, and must obtain a score of at least 50% for the laboratory component of the subject.30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06