Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this practical-based subject, you will build on your previous laboratory experience and develop enhanced experimental skills through the synthesis and characterisation of complex molecules, the acquisition and interpretation of advanced spectroscopic and physical data, and the investigation of chemical systems through computational techniques. You will have the opportunity to undertake an integrated and industry-focused laboratory program with the opportunity for industry visits to places such as the Victoria Police Forensics facility or a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant. You will also be introduced to research-based chemistry through integrated experiments. Throughout the subject there is a focus on skill development in a range of techniques utilised in a modern chemistry laboratory that are relevant to both industry and chemistry research, and has a global context.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMandeep Kaur

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have completed CHE2FCA and CHE2FCB or Students must be admitted in the following course: SBSSI and have completed CHE2MCA and CHE2FCB or Students must be admitted in the following course: SMCHS


Incompatible subjectsCHE3ADB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


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. Research, design, and implement laboratory-based strategies to tackle complex scenarios as part of a team.
02. Demonstrate knowledge of principles and concepts of theoretical and computational chemistry.
03. Apply globally accepted professional integrity and safe laboratory practices when designing and performing experiments, collecting data and reporting results.
04. Apply appropriate mathematical, graphical and computational methods to acquire, manipulate, interpret and evaluate chemical data and summarise results using appropriate significant figures and internationally accepted units.
05. Write coherent descriptions of chemical principles and report experimental and computational findings with well supported interpretations using correctly referenced professional prose.
06. Solve abstract, routine and real-world problems of chemical relevance by sourcing, collating and summarising trusted scientific information.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMandeep Kaur

Class requirements

Computer Laboratory Week: 31 - 31
One 5.00 h computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Workshop on research skills, in first week of laboratory program."

Computer Laboratory Week: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 32 - 43
One 5.00 h laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Weekly 5hr class. Includes 8 wet lab sessions and 3 workshops."

Tutorial Week: 0 - 0
Five 1.00 h tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 0 to week 0 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Laboratory Tutorial"


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Project plan (equivalent to 300 essay words)Develops and assess teamwork, project management.


Scientific reports (equivalent to 1500 essay words)Develops and assess competency in practical laboratory skills, data handling and reporting. 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.


Teamwork Online Quizzes (equivalent to 600 essay words)Two LMS quizzes during semester. Reflection of team building, self-assessment and communication skills


Poster (equivalent to 600 essay words)


Weekly modelling exercises (equivalent to 1500 word equiv)Develops and assess competency in chemical modelling, data handling and reporting.