Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is undertaken in the final year of a science program and contains capstone experiences for students in the laboratory based sciences. In this subject, students will be introduced to the common component parts of modern instrumentation and the science underpinning their operation. A general review of the operation of a selection of research instruments currently available at La Trobe University will be undertaken. Each student will undertake a further in-depth introduction to the operation, sample preparation and data analysis techniques associated with two major analytical techniques or instruments leading to possible independent operation of the instrument in a subsequent science project. Capstone experiences complement those in SCI3PRJ.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Angove

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Satisfactory completion of at least 90 credit points of first year Science subjects.


Incompatible subjects PHY3EM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse major analytical instrumentation in terms of its component parts, the relationship between the parts and the science underpinning its operation.

Foundation science underpinningmajor instrumentation and its component parts will be available on-line. Students will discuss the application to instrumentation in classes and will undertake 4 short written assignments in weeks 1 - 6.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy

02. Articulate an experimental research issue and select a suitable analytical technique for its investigation.

Workshop discussion will be used to introduce a variety of major analytical instruments and their current research uses, currently available at La Trobe Univerity. Students will be guided in small teams, to undertake an in-depth study of two distinct analytical techniques, including relevant sample preparation and data analysis.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy
Critical Thinking

03. Describe the basis of sample preparation for a variety of different analytical instruments.

Sample preparation techniques will be available on-line and discussed and demonstrated in classes. Students will present an example of sample preparation in at least one area of in-depth investigation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Discipline-specific GCs

04. Analyse the data available from a variety of analytical instruments to obtain relevant and meaningful information and articulate the veracity of the results.

Analysis of data will be discussed in general. Students will present an example of data analysis in at least one area of in-depth investigation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy
Critical Thinking

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael Angove

Class requirements

Laboratory Class
Eight 4.0 hours laboratory class per study period during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Four 1.0 hours workshop per study period during the day and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1500 word equivalent of written assignments - in depth technique (Individual)40 01, 02, 03, 04
2 x 15 minute oral presentation (3000 word equivalent total)60 02, 03, 04