Course Title: Advanced Spectroscopic Analysis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Spectroscopic Analysis

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

CHEM1080

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

CHEM1080

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Professor Ewan Blanch

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 2890

Course Coordinator Email: ewan.blanch@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 3.02.26

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To complete this course successfully, students should have a background in university-level theoretical and practical chemistry, and have completed at least two years of study in chemical analysis. Students are required to have successfully completed the course CHEM 1053 Analytical Spectroscopy or equivalent courses or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.


Course Description

CHEM 1080 Advanced Spectroscopic Analysis is a one-semester course that extends the range of laboratory skills and knowledge of chemistry the student has gained in prior years with more advanced skills, advanced topics and new concepts in chemical spectroscopic analysis. Students work individually and in small teams, and hence this course develops students’ skills in responsibility, teamwork and leadership, negotiation, allocation of time and resources, and communication. Finally, students present their results as written reports, further developing their skills in written communication.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the School of Applied Sciences Program Learning Outcomes at AQF Level 7: 

  • PLO-2 Scientific knowledge 

    PLO-3 Inquiry, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking 

    PLO-4 Communication 

    PLO-5 Personal and professional responsibility 

    PLO-5.4 You will have will develop an ability to work  collaboratively
    • PLO-2.1 You will have exhibited depth and breadth of chemistry knowledge by demonstrating a knowledge of, and applying the principles and concepts of chemistry 
    • PLO-3.1You will be able to investigate and solve qualitative and quantitative problems in the chemical sciences, both individually and in teams, by synthesising and evaluating information from a range of sources, including traditional and emerging information technologies and methods
    • PLO-3.2 You will be able to formualte hypotheses, proposals and predictions and design and undertake experiments and projects in a safe and responsible manner 
    • PLO-4.1 You will be able to communicate chemical knowledge by presenting information, effectively communicating scientific results, information or arguments, in a variety of modes, to diverse audiences, and for a range of purposes 

 


On completion of this course you should be able to: 

  1. demonstrate depth and breadth of chemistry knowledge by demonstrating a knowledge of, and applying, the principles and concepts of chemistry
  2. investigate and solve qualitative and quantitative problems in the chemical sciences, both individually and in teams, by synthesising and evaluating information from a range of sources, including traditional and emerging information technologies and methods
  3. formulate hypotheses, proposals and predictions and design and undertake experiments and projects in a safe and responsible manner
  4. apply recognised methods and appropriate practical techniques and tools to your investigations, and be able to adapt these techniques where necessary
  5. take personal, professional and social responsibility by demonstrating a capacity for working responsibly and safely
  6. develop an ability to work collaboratively.

 


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:  

  • attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
  • completion of tutorial questions and laboratory projects designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
  • private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

A written assignment, requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter, may also be required.

Total Study Hours

Teacher guided hours (laboratory classes and lectures): 60hrs/semester

Learner directed hours(reviewing lecture material, data and spectral analysis of laboratory results, preparing laboratory reports, working on tutorial questions) : 60hrs/semester


Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture notes and presentations for the course will be available through myRMIT as well as course information and other learning materials. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible internet sites will be provided. Details of the recommended textbooks for this course are provided in PartB of the course guide.

 


Overview of Assessment

Note that:

☒ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment will consist of :

(a)  Hurdle -written prac reports (30%)

(b)  a mid semester test (35%)

(c)  end of semester exam (35%).

The Prac assessments are a hurdle for this course, meaning that you must receive more than 50% on the Prac component in order to pass the course. The skills learned in Prac are essential to ensure that you can operate safely as a professional. This hurdle has been approved by the SEH PVC Learning & Teaching.

Assessment task (a) supports CLOs 3-6.

Assessments tasks (b) support CLOs 1 and 2

Assessment task (c) support CLOs 1 and 2 

A pass in the practical component is a hurdle for this course