Courses & Units

Physical and Analytical Chemistry KRA642



Successful completion of this unit supports your development of Chemistry core knowledge and skills. Through the development of this knowledge and skills you will have the necessary chemistry content and understanding of the nature of Science for contributing to your development as a science teacher.

This unit builds on KRA113/114 or KRA101/102, and consolidates the theoretical and practical framework required by students who intend to major in chemistry or who need additional chemistry to support their studies in other science areas. The Physical Chemistry component focuses on chemical kinetics and surface chemistry. Chemical kinetics is covered in depth through the consideration of experimental methods to determine reaction rates, numerical methods in chemical kinetics such as the steady-state approximation, and Arrhenius and non-Arrhenius reactions, as well as the reversibility of chemical processes. The physical chemistry of surfaces and interfaces is introduced through topics such as surface tension, self-assembly and adsorption. The Analytical Chemistry component focuses on modern techniques as applied to the analysis and quantitation of a range of samples.
Both wet chemical and instrumental methods of analysis such as titration, gravimetry, electrochemistry, atomic spectroscopy and chromatography are covered. The laboratory program reinforces concepts introduced in lectures, provides practical experience in the analytical methods discussed, and gives students experience in good laboratory practice.

Attendance of practical sessions is compulsory for this unit. Taken as weekly sessions for on-campus enrolment or intensive block session for off-campus enrolment.


Unit name Physical and Analytical Chemistry
Unit code KRA642
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry

Trevor Lewis

Teaching staff

Stuart Thickett, Ruth Amos, Joan-Marc Cabot Canyelles

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus Domestic Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Apply knowledge of physical and analytical chemistry to:
a) Propose reaction mechanisms from experimental kinetic data
b) Allow selection of the appropriate analytical technique for a particular analyte, analyte concentration and analytical situation (Assessed by ATs 1 and 3)

2. Describe and explain the theory and underlying concepts of:
a) Kinetics of chemical reactions and reaction mechanisms
b) Surface chemistry, such as surface tension, self-assembly and adsorption isotherms
c) Wet chemical and instrumental methods of analysis such as titration, gravimetry, ion selective electrodes, atomic spectroscopy and chromatography (Assessed by ATs 1 and 3)

3. Analyse, interpret and predict data to:
a) Solve conceptual and theoretical problems, including those from experimental work
b) Understand the role of sampling methods, statistics and quality control/assurance in analytical chemistry (Assessed by ATs 1 and 3)

4. Demonstrate safe laboratory practice via:
a) Carrying out hazard assessments for laboratory experiments
b) Displaying competence in techniques and instrument use, both individually and in groups (Assessed by AT 2)

5. Communicate in scientific writing in the form of laboratory reports by:
a) Following provided report templates
b) Using appropriate scientific terminology, conventions for representing molecular structures and adhering to standard English conventions
c) Using chemical databases to perform literature searches and identify references accordingly (Assessed by AT 2)

6. Critically reflect upon the multiple perspectives and constraints of teaching and learning of Chemistry/Physics, relating to learner needs and changing educational contexts. (Assessed by AT 4)*

*This ILO is specific to KRA642.



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2019: $1,169.00 010500

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

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KRA513 and KRA514


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KRA223 and KRA242


Teaching Pattern

3 x 50 minute lectures weekly, 1 x 4-hour practicals weekly


Assessment Task 1: Assignments: 10%
Assessment Task 2: Laboratory: 35%
Assessment task 3: Final Exam: 55% 
Assessment Task 4: Portfolio Entry: 10%

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