FORENSIC AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

CHE2NAC

2021

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.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSofia Cojocaru

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesCHE1APL AND (CHE1GEN OR CHE1CHF)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsCHE2ENC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Forensic Chemistry

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorBell, S.

Year2014

Edition/Volume2nd Edition (or later)

PublisherPearson

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Quantitative Chemical Analysis

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorHarris, D.C.

Year2010

Edition/Volume8th Edition (or later)

PublisherFREEMAN

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Describe and apply chemistry techniques and instrumental methods for analytical and forensic science analysis.
02. Describe and apply separation science techniques for the isolation, purification and identification of chemical species.
03. Interpret and assess data from analysis of samples using chemistry techniques and instrumental methods.
04. Describe the chemistry of combustion and explosives, and methods for the forensic analysis of arson and explosive residues.
05. Describe the preparation and characterisation of polymer materials, and the analysis of inks and paints using analytical methods.
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.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSofia Cojocaru

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 h laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 30 - 42
Three 1.00 h lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1hr Exam 1 (Topics 1-3): during or end of semester (1000 words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

1hr Exam 2 (Topics 4-6): during or end of semester (1000 words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Assignment or Quiz 1: during semester (250 words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo5 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Assignment or Quiz 2: during semester (250 words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo5 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Assignment or Quiz 3: during semester (250 words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo5 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Assignment or Quiz 4: during semester (250 words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo5 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

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.

N/AN/AN/AYes30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6