Chemical Applications (11770.1)
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| Bruce, Canberra
|Faculty Of Science And Technology
|Academic Program Area - Science
|Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Discuss the application of chemical analysis across a variety of disciplines;
2. Conduct advanced chemical analysis in mock scenarios through the selection of appropriate methodology and instrumentation, applying advanced data analysis and interpretation to draw appropriate conclusions;
3. Recognise and apply appropriate chemometric treatment to raw data and results; and
4. Critique and interpret case studies and scientific literature and effectively communicate findings in both an oral and written form.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
4. UC graduates are able to demonstrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing - use Indigenous histories and traditional ecological knowledge to develop and augment understanding of their discipline
Chemical Applications is a capstone unit bringing together previous learning in analytical chemistry, environmental and other applied chemistry issues, combined with training in data analysis, to investigate a contextual environmental challenge in the larger Canberran landscape. As such it challenges UC final year undergraduates against all of the UC graduate attributes.
Prerequisites11769 Chemical Analysis
|Teaching start date
|05 February 2024
|Dr Jurian Hoogewerff
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
Final assessment will be based on successful completion of each component of this Unit. To attain a pass grade or better in this Unit, the following criteria apply.
The pass the unit the student must:
- attend all tutorial, laboratory and team activities (more then 2 absences can lead to a fail for the unit)
- attempt all assessment items;
- and achieve minimum 50% (>49.49%) aggregate or higher for the total of individual assignments, which are worth 50% of the total unit mark;
- and achieve minimum 50% (>49.49%) or higher, after peer assessment adjustment (see section 6c) for the group assignments, which are worth 50% of the total unit mark.
If the conditions for a pass are met, the grade will be awarded as follows:
P 50 – 64%
• non-attempted assessment items will get 0% mark.
The unit convenor reserves the right to question students on any of their submitted work for moderation and academic integrity purposes, which may result in an adjustment to the marks awarded for a specific task.
Peer group marking scheme:
All the group assignments, the two draft reports, final report and presentation, totally 50% of the overall mark, are subject to a peer assessment marking scheme. Each group member will get a mark weighted for their contribution to the group effort.
The peer assessment is done after the final presentation when each group member will assess their fellow group members (and themselves) in an anonymous survey about the level of contribution of each member to the group effort. After the survey the convener will use the assessment to adjust the marks of each individual group member. Thus, some students might get higher marks than the overall group mark, and some students might get lower marks but the average mark for the whole group will remain the same. It is important to note that if a student does not contribute at all to the group work their mark for the group component could be halved and resulting in failing the unit if the other individual marks (50%) are low too. Many years of experience has shown that this peer marking scheme fairly attributes appropriate marks to each group member; it penalises freeloaders and rewards hard workers.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
The total workload for this unit is 150 hours. To achieve top marks for this unit students should plan to need the full 150 hours of commitment, as the unit is designed with those 150 hours of commitment in mind (not less!).
The face-to-face contact time for this unit consists of eleven tutorial (2h), seven practicals (3h) and 3 team meetings (1hr).
Thus the total formal contact time for students equates to 11x2 + 7x3 + 3 = 22 + 21 + 3 = 46 hours during the semester.
The preparation for the Tuesday tutorials will require at least 3 hours per week of self-study (11 weeks x 3 = 33 hours in total).
The remaining 150 - 79 = 71 hours should be apportioned according to the weighting for each assessment item.
Attendance of all tutorials, tutor group session and laboratories is compulsory.
For absence with medical certificate or equivalent the following rules will be applied:
- Failing the unit if absent for 3 or more laboratories
- Failing the unit if absent for 3 or more supervised team meeting
The tutorials may be recorded at the discretion of the lecturer and if technology allows. If recordings are made they will be made available on Echo or otherwise. Pdf's of lecture slides will be made available at the discretion of the lecturer. However if students cannot attend a tutorial they should also make arrangements for lecture notes from fellow students or other options.
Note that lack of participation may result in inability to satisfactorily pass assessment items and lack of participation in the group work can lead to failing the report and presentation pass requirements.
The written mid-semester test will draw upon information discussed in tutorials, relevant literature (e.g. on unit Canvas site), tutor-groups and laboratories during week 1 to 7.
Required IT skills
MSWord, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint and R skills.
The students will need to purchase one "Tradie" waterproof A4 notebook (less than $10 at Officeworks)
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves Work Integrated Learning (WIL) by Simulation of an environmental project.
Research led Unit: This unit involves research-led education. There are active researchers delivering this unit who are able to engage students in deep and active learning and transmit to students their passion for the research they are carrying out.
Provision of information to the group: Notifications through the Canvas Announcements Forum or the Canvas Discussion Forums are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the Unit's Canvas website (Canvas forum messages are also emailed to student email addresses only). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly. The Canvas discussion forums will be checked by staff regularly.
Use of student email account: The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact email@example.com if they have any issues accessing their university email account.