Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr David Turner


This course allows students to devote themselves to a substantial laboratory project as part of their final year of study in Chemistry. The project may be carried out within the School of Chemistry teaching and research laboratories or in an industrial laboratory by arrangement and approval of the Head of School. Allied with the practical work will be tutorial materials and discussion on formal matters relating to OH&S, database searching, data analysis and presentation and report presentation.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of modern laboratory practices and procedures;

  1. Practice an in depth understanding of one or several aspects of modern practical chemistry;

  1. Demonstrate safe laboratory practices and apply OHSE principles;

  1. Use chemical databases to aid in the design of a project strategy;

  1. Analyse data associated with a project and relate this to overall project goals;

  1. Present their data and conclusions to the broader chemistry community in both oral and written formats;

  1. Analyse how their project links to the social and environmental responsibility of chemists in the global community.


Laboratory work: 30%
Project report: 60%
Oral presentation: 10%

Workload requirements

72 hours laboratory work per semester or equivalent

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


Students must have a distinction average in three level-three chemistry units or, where the student has not undertaken three level-three units, a distinction average in their three highest-level chemistry units.


If not already taken, students are required to complete 18 points of level three chemistry units, including one of CHM3941 or CHM3922, and one of CHM3911 or CHM3952. These units can be completed prior to or within the calendar year of the CHM3990 enrolment.