CHEM13080 - Analytical Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will apply fundamental principles of analytical science and study analytical techniques, such as quantitative molecular spectrophotometry; atomic spectrometry; chromatographic methods; mass spectrometry, and the use of ion-selective and gas-sensing electrodes. You will interpret analytical data; examine error analysis, data handling and manipulation; and understand quality assurance. During a compulsory residential school you will use state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation and apply your learnt theoretical techniques and methods.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: CHEM 11041 - Chemistry for the Life Sciences, knowledge of mathematics and formula manipulation are essential.

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

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This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 33.33% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Study guide missing units for some equations
Recommendation
We will update the study guide with newer examples and also replace the missing equations.
Action Taken
This action did not appear to have been conducted by the previous unit coordinator who left CQUniversity in May 2018. We are considering the applicability of the study guide to a level 3 unit, and will update it if it is used again in 2019.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Assessment 3 needs additional page limits
Recommendation
We will update this page limit to include an additional page for the bonus task.
Action Taken
Students were made aware of the increased page limit. We will update the report template if Assessment 3 is used again in 2019.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Research Plan assessment could be clearer
Recommendation
We will update this assessment to include a tutorial video as well as the supporting text for students in the latest offering of analytical science.
Action Taken
Assessment 1 and 2 were changed for 2018. Assessment 1 was changed to a written report that focussed on analytical method development, validation and optimisation. This enhanced student understanding of vital principles of analytical science. Assessment 2 reverted to a standard laboratory practical-based residential school. The laboratory manual and practicals were all heavily updated and/or changed from pre-2017 offerings. Positive feedback was received regarding the residential school and assessments.
Source: Student evaluation; phone and face-to-face conversations
Feedback
Some students felt the weighting of the assessments did not reflect the amount of effort required.
Recommendation
We will review the assessment items and their weightings in the next review of the unit, as part of the Rejuvenation of Science.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation; face-to-face conversation
Feedback
Students were positive about the preparation and delivery of the residential school.
Recommendation
We will continue to enhance the residential school with each offering, with the overall aim being to increase student competency in analytical science.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation, face-to-face and phone conversation
Feedback
Students commented that the unit coordinator did a good job of teaching and answering forum questions completely. However, an inconsistency in the style of lecturers/ depth of later lecturers was mentioned.
Recommendation
We will continue to encourage the use of the Q&A forum for prompt responses to unit related content, and to give detailed assistance with problem solving as required. The later lectures were from 2017, we will update and re-record them ahead of the next offering.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student email and Moodle Q&A
Feedback
Some students requested further tutorial videos for Assessment 3 - Treatment of analytical data using Excel.
Recommendation
We will review the continued applicability of this long standing assessment, in the next review of the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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