PROJECTS IN ANALYSIS

CHE3PAN

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this unit, students will work in groups on analytical projects of their choice using a variety of modern analytical instrumentation. Emphasis will be placed on sample preparation and interpreting the instrumental output. Samples will include environmental (e.g. sediments, water, vegetation) as well as biological (e.g. blood, hair etc.) and material samples (e.g. wood, plastics). Projects will be framed around real questions posed by industry and community members.

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 CHE1C1A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsQuantitative Chemical AnalysisRecommendedHarris, DC 20037TH EDN, FREEMAN

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of the chemical principles that underlie chemical analytical methods by explaining how a particular compound or mixture might be analysed.

Activities:
Chemical analytical methods and the principles behind them will be taught and explored in the practical classes and tutorial meetings. Assessed in reports and oral interview and presentations. Most of the questions asked will probe understanding of functional group chemistry and physio-chemical properties to either assess an analytical method for suitability, or suggest a suitable analysis strategy. Students will be required to explain extraction and other chemical steps or processes that rely on the physio-chemical properties of the analyse material, and also an explanation of how the chemistry determines the instrumentation used, the problems associated with the analysis, and issues for data interpretation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

02. Demonstrate an understanding of the major strengths and weaknesses of various analytical techniques and instrumentation by arguing the most appropriate way forward for a particular analysis situation.

Activities:
Students will learn about strengths and weaknesses in analytical techniques and instrumentation during tutorial and practical work. They will write reports and have an oral interview and give a presentation. Students are required to construct logical arguments based on knowledge of chemistry and the various analytical methods.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

03. Recognise and assess the limitations and possible errors that are associated with various analysis techniques through the interpretation of numerical results.

Activities:
Limitations and errors associated with analytical techniques will taught and explored through practical classes. Assessment of errors will be presented in written reports and oral interview and presentation. This will include some basic numerical calculations and application of statistical methods.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. Demonstrate competency in analytical laboratory technique by correctly and accurately assaying for a range of analytes in complex sample matrices.

Activities:
Practical work undertaken involves the analytical techniques which will be written up and presented in oral presentations and the interview.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael Angove

Class requirements

Collaborative Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours collaborative based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
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Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 4.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Final report (approximately 2000 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04
Oral presentations; interview and class presentation (20 minutes total)40 01, 02, 03, 04
Participation in weekly class meetings20 01, 02, 03, 04