Analytical Science - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Sampling strategy (30%) , Assignment 2 - Analytical methods (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

Analytical science is the term given to the study of determination and measurement of substances, both artificial and natural. It is of fundamental importance to modern society, from the tests performed to check the purity of food and medicines, to the daily monitoring of industrial wastes and the analysis of evidence in the forensic laboratory, we see, use and benefit from analytical science every day. The ever-increasing demand for more detailed and accurate data means that trained analytical scientists are always in demand.

This unit examines 'what analytical scientists do' using case study material from fields such as manufacturing quality control, food science and environmental analysis. A mix of classical analytical methods as well as modern spectroscopic techniques will be covered, giving students a firm grounding in this fascinating subject.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to

  1. Identify the wide range of applications areas in which analytical science plays a significant role
  2. Apply the fundamentals of sampling methods and techniques
  3. Understand the physical principles of a range of quantitative spectroscopic techniques
  4. Perform chemical calculations involving the measurement of amount, methods of expressing the concentration of solutions and the stoichiometry of reactions
  5. Describe the use of appropriate calibration models for quantitative analysis and apply basic statistical techniques to analyse analytical data and extract useful information
  6. Apply appropriate critical and analytical thought in a scientific manner and extend your appreciation of the fundamental principles of chemistry into areas of major importance in which analytical science plays a significant role; such as forensic science, environmental and/or pharmaceutical analysis, food chemistry and laboratory medicine.
  • Assignment 1 — Sampling strategy (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Analytical methods (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Calibration techniques (40%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

VCE Chemistry (Year 12 equivalent)

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The Analytical Sequence and Basics of Analysis
3Titrimetry and Acid-Base Equilibria
5UV Visible Spectrometry
6Photoluminescence Spectrometry
7Calibration Methods
8Infrared Spectroscopy
9Near-Infrared Spectrometry
10Raman Spectroscopy
11Basics of Chromatography

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Chemistry 3E


    ISBN: 9780730311058


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