Course Title: Chemistry Laboratory 2A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry Laboratory 2A

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Jeffrey Hughes

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253370

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.16

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have a background in basic University-level theoretical and practical chemistry and have completed at least 24 credit points of year 1 level study. Recommended courses are CHEM 1030 Chemistry of Material 1 and CHEM 1031 Chemistry for Material 2 or an equivalent course or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

 This course extends the range of laboratory skills and knowledge of chemistry you has gained in first year with more advanced skills, advanced topics and new concepts. You will variously work individually and in small teams, and hence this course develops your skills in responsibility, teamwork and leadership, negotiation, allocation of time and resources, and communication. Finally, you will  present the results of your laboratory work as written reports, further developing your skills in written communication.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:(PLOs)

PLO-2 Scientific knowledge

  • 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 Inquiry , Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

  • PLO-3.1 You 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 Communication

  • 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

PLO-5 Personal and professional responsibility

  • PLO-5.4 You will have will develop an ability to work collaboratively.

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  1. access and use a variety of learning materials and resources;
  2. solve problems relating to scientific applications;
  3. work individually, or in a small team;
  4. present the results of your work in a clear, concise and scientific manner;
  5. use and apply the concepts, terminology, conventions and calculations important in chemistry. 

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

• completion of laboratory and practical exercises designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
• problem solving, writing concise informative reports and data manipulation are important parts of this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided with lists of relevant texts, library resources (Including appropriate journals) and freely accessible Internet sites. Manuals for the experiments will be provided in Canvas.

Overview of Assessment

This is a course based on laboratory practicals. 

 Note that: This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment item 1:   Laboratory reports (11) submitted after the completion of each experiment  

Weighting  (50%) 

This assessment task supports CLOs 4-5

Assessment item 2:  Reports on computer-based simulations and modelling 

Weighting  (10%) 

This assessment task supports CLOs 4-5 

Assessment item 3 Laboratory skills performance assessment, 

Weighting (40%) 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-3