Courses & Units

Physical and Analytical Chemistry KRA242


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.


Unit name Physical and Analytical Chemistry
Unit code KRA242
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry
Coordinator Professor Brett Paull
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Propose reaction mechanisms using experimental kinetic data
  • Explain the theory and underlying concepts of surface chemistry in relation to material science
  • Process and evaluate chemical analytical data to describe the system under study
  • Demonstrate competency and safe laboratory practice using physical and analytical techniques
  • Present informed positions and conclusions according to recognised scientific standards

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010500 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,978.00

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(KRA113 - Chemistry 1A Hobart AND KRA114 - Chemistry 1B Hobart) OR (KRA101 - Chemistry 1A AND KRA102 - Chemistry 1B)

Mutual Exclusions

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

KRA532 Physical and Analytical Chemistry


Teaching Pattern

3 x 1-hr teaching sessions weekly, including lectures (recorded) and problem solving tutorial face to face sessions (13 wks), 4-hr lab face to face weekly (10 wks) for Hobart

3 x 1-hr teaching sessions weekly, including lectures (recorded) and problem solving tutorial (live-streamed) sessions (13 wks), 4-hr lab face to face weekly (10 wks) for Launceston


AssessmentAssignments (X2) (25%)|Lab reports (35%)|Examination (40%)
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  1. Atkins PW, Physical Chemistry, ISBN 0198792859
  2. Skoog, D.A., West, D.M., and Holler, F.J., Crouch, S.R., Fundamental of Analytical Chemistry, 6th Ed, 2007, or 9th Ed, 2014.
  3. Harris, D.C., Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 8th Ed, 2010, or 7th Ed, 2006.
  4. KRA242 Lecture Notes
  5. KRA242 Laboratory Manual and Laboratory Record Book
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