SLE213 - The Analytical Chemist's Toolbox


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value: 0.125

One of SLE152 or SLE155



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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 x 1 hour online classes per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week, 5 x 4 hour practicals per trimester.


This unit presents a platform for gaining a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals analytical chemistry with a particular focus on spectroscopy, separation science and mass spectrometry. Chemical characterisation and measurement of analytes of interest are important for many fields and as such the unit will focus on the important junctions between analytical chemistry and application to areas such as forensic, environmental, food, biomedical and marine science.  The unit will focus on the instrumentation found in an analytical chemists ‘toolbox’ and will build the cohorts key skills in experimental validation, equipment calibration, practical laboratory considerations and data handling. The applications of modern spectroscopy incorporating aiding the elucidation of molecular structure and the determination of chemical concentration will be presented. The real-world challenges associated with the separation of analytes form complex sample matrices will be presented with a focus on how technological approaches can be used to overcome these issues in order to empower the modern analytical chemist.

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