Experimental Chemistry

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Experimental Chemistry

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course will consist of practical laboratory training, addressing the market place need for industry-ready chemists with relevant practical and communication skills. A laboratory intensive experience will include attendant exposure to quantitative & qualitative analytical skills & other core laboratory competencies. In lectorials, students will learn the theory underlying various laboratory techniques, including spectroscopy, separation science and electrochemistry, before applying these in the laboratory. Emphasis will be placed on the requirements of good scientific communication in terms of keeping a lab notebook and writing of laboratory reports. Students will be introduced to the ethical principles underlying the responsible practice of Chemistry.

    Course Introduction
    Chemistry is an experimental science, and CHEM2054 is a course that will give the student a modern, high quality laboratory experience. It is a prerequisite to the 3rd year chemistry capstone course, CHEM3016, and so must be taken by all students wishing to graduate with a chemistry major.

    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate core generic skills in synthetic and experimental chemistry, including being able to perform chemical syntheses, by use of advanced experimental bench techniques.
    2. Appreciate the many factors that can effect an experiment, and to be able to recognize and “trouble-shoot” experimental difficulties.
    3. Undertake experiments which require both qualitative and quantitative outcomes and demonstrate precision and accuracy in laboratory practice.
    4. Concisely communicate the results of experiments in written lab reports.
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of and apply ethical principles related to issues in Chemistry laboratory practice and research.
    6. Understand the molecular basis for different spectroscopic techniques and apply these in answering chemical questions.

    Course Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 5 Practical or Laboratory hours


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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.