Analytical Science - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Sampling strategy (30%) , Assignment 2 - Analytical methods (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

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. Use simple statistics to summarise analytical data
  4. Apply appropriate calibration models to quantitative analysis
  5. Use and apply quantitative spectrochemical techniques.
  • 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)

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The Analytical Sequence and Basics of Analysis
3Titrimetry and Acid-Base Equilibria
5Electronic Absorption Spectrometry
6Luminescence Spectrometry
7Calibration Methods
8Infrared Spectroscopy
9Near-Infrared Spectrometry

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.

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