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.

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 3 - 2018

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2020 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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation and Written Assessment 25%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 10%
3. Practical Assessment 15%
4. Examination 50%

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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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 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
Assessments were reviewed in 2019. Having received positive feedback in 2018, the Written and Oral research assessment concept remained the same. The Practical Assessment was changed from an Excel based exercise to one directly related to the laboratory component of the residential school. The third assessment became a standalone Scientific Report with more time to complete. Overall, this restructuring of the assessment enabled more weight to be awarded to important analytical science concepts and graduate attributes such as planning, teamwork, methodology, data processing and calculations.
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
The residential school ran smoothly in 2019. Students were positive about the experienced gained from asking and answering questions during the oral presentations they gave to their peers. Students appreciated the extra time and practice spent on chemistry calculations in the laboratory.
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
The use of the Q&A forum for problem-solving queries and unit content questions continued to be encouraged in 2019. All lectures were newly updated, presented and recorded in 2019.
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
This long-standing assessment was not included in the 2019 offering. This reduced the opportunity for contract cheating. To enhance spreadsheet and calculations skills, students were encouraged to attempt the Microsoft Excel tutorial-style problems in the prescribed text.
Source: Student survey, email and face-to-face during residential school.
Feedback
Students particularly enjoyed the residential school and commented that their skills improved as a result.
Recommendation
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
Nil.
Source: Student survey and face-to-face.
Feedback
The audio of some of the live lecture recordings was distorted.
Recommendation
Review the audio quality of the live lecture videos and investigate ways to improve future live recordings.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the theory and applications of contemporary techniques in analytical science.
  2. Demonstrate practical laboratory skills in the use advanced analytical instrumentation to make reliable analytical measurements.
  3. Demonstrate problem solving and analytical skills in the fundamentals of analytical science.
  4. Research the developments and trends in analytical science for a diverse range of chemical and biomedical science applications.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Examination