Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Chemistry
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rico Tabor


Advances in analytical science will involve the development and exploitation of advanced mass spectrometric, molecular spectroscopic and separation techniques. This unit concentrates on these approaches, and provides examples of how they can be applied in areas such as forensic and environmental science, genomics and forensic imaging. The remainder of the unit covers the use of spectroscopic, radiometric, separation and particle characterization techniques in automated monitoring and process analysis in a variety of industrial, clinical and environmental applications. Aspects of instrumentation, data processing and chemometrics will be emphasised in each analytical technique discussed.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Operate analytical instruments competently and reliably;

  1. Understand the range of operational factors that lead to optimised performance of analytical instruments;

  1. Assimilate theoretical principles and practical aspects of analytical chemistry;

  1. Understand the range of application areas that analytical chemistry and analytical instrumentation are applied to;

  1. Appreciate the processes and limitations of different sampling methods.


One 3-hour examination: 60%
Assignments and computer testing: 10%
Laboratory work and laboratory reports: 30%
Students must achieve a pass mark in their laboratory work to achieve and overall pass grade.

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour tutorial and the equivalent of 3 hours laboratory activity per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


CHM2911 and CHM2922. Students without these should consult the third year coordinator.