CHEM13080 - Analytical Science
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

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

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
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.

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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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).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
we either need a prerequisite course (or included in a bridging course such as STEP or WIST) or a voluntary short term 'upgrade' to have at least the most necessary ground knowledge Moodle As part of the science review - this will be a point to action for the future proofing of student experience, knowledge transfer and ability to perform well on this course.
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      
8. Ethical practice        

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
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment  
2 - Practical and Written Assessment  
3 - Practical Assessment    
4 - Examination        

Prescribed Textbooks

Exploring Chemical Analysis
Author/s: Daniel C Harris Year: 2012
Edition: 5th Publisher: WH Freeman
City: New York State: New York
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • MS Office
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR Turabian referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorJames Chapman (j.chapman@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Introduction to analytical science. Measurements, concentration units and basic analytical tools.

1-2 (Study Guide, SG); 0-2 (Textbook - Exploring Chemical Analysis, ECA)

Unit coordinator will assign research groups and provide the background analytical problem. Students to self-assign a research group manager.

Week 2 17-07-2017

Reliability of analytical data; quality assurance.

3 (SG); 3-5 (ECA)

Week 3 24-07-2017

Sampling and sample preparation.

4 (SG); web resources

1-page research plan to be submitted to unit coordinator.

Week 4 31-07-2017

Chemical equilibria in analysis

5 (SG); 8-10, 16 (ECA)

Week 5 07-08-2017

Molecular and atomic spectroscopy

6 (SG); 18-20 (ECA)

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Sensors & Separations

7 (SG); 14-15, 17 (ECA)

Full experimental plan - 5 pages - to be submitted to unit coordinator.

Design a Research Based Experiment Due Monday (21 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 28-08-2017

Electrochemical Analysis

Residential School 31st August - 2nd September 2017.

Week 8 04-09-2017

Analytical Separations

8 (SG); 21-22 (ECA)

Week 9 11-09-2017

Analytical Separations (continued)

8 (SG); 21-22 (ECA)

Write Up of Experiment Due Monday (11 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 18-09-2017

Mass spectrometry

9 (SG); 21 (ECA); web resources

Week 11 25-09-2017

Contemporary Research Using Analytical Techniques

10 (SG); web resources

Report on Computer Based Experiment Due Monday (25 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 12 02-10-2017

Revision

All resources

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Design a Research Based Experiment
Task Description

As analytical chemists, you are often required to analyse substances both quantitatively and quantitatively. In Assessment Task 1, you will be working as part of a team of scientists. Your unit coordinator will provide you with a list of peers who you will be working with and an analytical science-based problem which you will be expected to solve.

The analytical-based problem will give you the following background information on the sample: (1) the matrix you will be working with; (2) the analytes you will need to quantitively/qualitatively determine, and (3) the instrumentation available to you.

This assessment task is broken down in the following chronological order:

Week Number and Completion Date Task
(15th July 2017) Unit coordinator will assign research groups and provide the background analytical problem. Students self-assign a research group manager. Your plan should include how you will obtain the analytes, removing matrix effects (if any) and how you intend to use advanced analytical instrumentation to run your sample(s).
(24th July 2017) 1-page research plan submitted to unit coordinator from research group manager(s).
(21st August 2017) A full research experimental plan (5 pages maximum) which should be 'recipe-styled' with clear steps and rationale for these steps.
(31st August 2017) A group presentation at the beginning of the residential school 15 minutes maximum. Each member of the group will be expected to talk and present the experiment they are intending on carrying out. Your aim is to provide a comprehensive plan to analyse your samples at the residential school through experimentation.

During the residential school, you will be assessed on your ability to conduct advanced research-based experiments in the laboratory including exercising safety and good laboratory practice.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (21-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Word Document Only - Moodle Submission
Return Date to Students Week 7 Monday (28-Aug-2017)
Feedback will be given through Moodle
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria

You will be marked throughout the year on the following criteria with feedback:

  • Analytical method plan from group (10%);
  • Full experimental plan (40%);
  • Group presentation of experimental plan, you will be marked individually on your ability to deliver rationale, your ability to reason and overall delivery (20%); and
  • Practical skills assessment; use of laboratory glassware, ability to make up solutions with accuracy, use of instrumentation. These skills will be individually assessed at the residential school (30%).
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40% of the total marks allocated for the assessent task
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Turabian
Submission Online
Group submission

Moodle Submission

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the theory and applications of contemporary techniques in analytical science.

4. Research the developments and trends in analytical science for a diverse range of chemical and biomedical science applications.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Write Up of Experiment
Task Description

This assessment task consists of a group, practical write-up of the work carried out during the residential school only. Your group will write a publication using the guidelines of the Journal of Analytical Chemistry (hyperlinked herein). You will be expected to process your data in the form of figures and graphs and perform statistical validation on all data your group obtained.

Further information on this assessment will be provided during the residential school on structure, figure and table layout, statistical analysis and research integrity throughout the unit.

A panel presentation on 'how to collaborate' on producing a research article will be delivered during the residential school. You wull lead this Q&A forum which will assist you in your manuscript preparation.

Further information on this assessment will be provided during the residential school on structure, figure and table layout, statistical analysis and research integrity throughout the unit.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Monday (11-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Word Document ONLY.
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017)
Feedback will be given through Moodle.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

The following assessment criteria are applied to this task:

General assessment criteria

  • Completeness - ability to follow the guidelines of the journal (5%);
  • Structure of the manuscript - use headings and subheadings accordingly (5%)
  • Appropriate treatment of experimental data - correct calculations, including use of correct number of significant figures and statistics (30%)
  • Valid interpretations of your data - your ability to draw conclusions, placed in the context of analytical chemistry (25%)
  • References - appropriately used and correct for the Journal. (15%)
  • Peer input/evaluation (20%)
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40% of total marks allocated for the task
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Turabian
Submission Online
Group submission

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

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.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Report on Computer Based Experiment
Task Description

The task is a computer-based experiment which requires you to use and manipulate specific functionalities within Excel using real data obtained from a previously conducted experiment. Details of the experiment are found in the Lab Manual which is available on Moodle, including guidelines on writing the report.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Monday (25-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Word report ONLY submitted through Moodle.
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017)
Feedback Will be Given Through Moodle.
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria

  • Organisation and completeness (including answers to questions given in the Lab Manual) and clarity of expression (10%);
  • Appropriate treatment of experimental data and correct calculations, including the use of the correct number of significant figures (50%);
  • Valid interpretations of data and conclusions (30%);
  • Evidence of research, i.e. consultation of references other than the Laboratory Manual or Study Guide (10%).
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40% of the marks allocated for this assessment task.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Turabian
Submission Online

Through the Moodle site

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Demonstrate practical laboratory skills in the use advanced analytical instrumentation to make reliable analytical measurements.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 40%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the theory and applications of contemporary techniques in analytical science.

3. Demonstrate problem solving and analytical skills in the fundamentals of analytical science.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy


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