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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Toby Bell


This unit covers the theory of atomic and molecular spectroscopy that is the basis of common instrumental techniques such as IR, Raman, UV/Vis, atomic spectroscopies and mass spectrometry, chromatography. A knowledge of the physical chemistry of gases and liquids is an important precursor to the understanding of chromatographic and electroanalytical chemistry. The application of these techniques in forensic analysis is examined using examples such as the detection of accelerants at arson scenes, drug detection in sport and identification of microsamples at crime scenes. Practical exercises will provide problem solving in forensic analytical chemistry. Guest lecturers and site visits will be an integral part of the subject.


On completion of this unit, students will have gained an understanding of the theory and applications of infra-red, Raman, UV/Visible, and atomic spectroscopies for chemical analysis, gained an understanding of the processes of diffusion in gases and liquids and ionic conductivity and mobility in liquids, developed an understanding of key terms in instrumental analysis, gained a broad overview of a range of instrumental methods and an understanding of how different instruments operate, developed an understanding of the need for, and uses of, separation techniques such as liquid and gas chromatography and gained an understanding of the theory and applications of electroanalytical techniques. They will have been exposed to a number of case studies illustrating the many and varied uses of chemical instrumentation for solving forensic problems, gained an understanding and familiarity with the use of database searching and retrieval for compound identification, further developed skills in the use of modern instrumentation, working in small groups, the manipulation of chemicals, the use of chemical analysis techniques, risk assessment, the use of modern information technologies and data analysis and in the written and oral presentation of scientific data.


Examination (2 hours): 37%
Mid semester test (1 hour): 23%
Computer test/Assignments: 10%
Laboratory reports: 30%
Students must achieve a pass mark in their laboratory work to achieve an overall pass grade.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Perran Cook

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures/tutorials and the equivalent of 3 hours laboratory activity per week


CHM1011 and CHM1022. Students without these should consult the second year coordinator.