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 electrodes. You will interpret analytical data; examine error analysis, data handling and manipulation; and understand quality assurance. During a compulsory residential school, you will apply analytical theory, use advanced analytical instrumentation and enhance your laboratory skills.


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

CHEM11043 Atoms, Molecules and Matter or CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (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: Student survey, email and face-to-face during residential school.
Students particularly enjoyed the residential school and commented that their skills improved as a result.
Continue with the delivery of a high standard of laboratory practicals that require students to carry out chemistry calculations, prepare reagents, gain hands-on experience with analytical instrumentation and learn how to optimise several instrumental and methodological parameters to improve the reliability of the data collected.
Action Taken
A successful residential school was delivered again in 2020.
Source: Student survey and face-to-face.
The audio of some of the live lecture recordings was distorted.
Review the audio quality of the live lecture videos and investigate ways to improve future live recordings.
Action Taken
Live lectures were not given during 2020.
Source: Unit evaluation survey, email, and in-person at residential school.
Students commented that the assesment tasks were good and they commended the residential school content.
Continue with a similar format of assessments and residential school in 2021.
Action Taken
Source: Unit evaluation survey.
Students commented that the lectures were straightforward and informative.
Continue with the same approach to lectures in 2021.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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