Courses & Units

Physical and Analytical Chemistry KRA242

Hobart, Launceston


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 Alireza Ghiasvand
Available as student elective?
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Intermediate


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Learning Outcomes

  • apply knowledge of physical and analytical chemistry to: propose reaction mechanisms from experimental kinetic data, allow selection of the appropriate analytical technique for a particular analyte, analyte concentration and analytical situation.
  • describe and explain the theory and underlying concepts of: kinetics of chemical reactions and reaction mechanisms, surface chemistry, such as surface tension, self-assembly and adsorption isotherms, wet chemical and instrumental methods of analysis such as titration, gravimetry, ion selective electrodes, atomic spectroscopy, and chromatography.
  • analyse, interpret and predict data to: solve conceptual and theoretical problems, including those from experimental work, understand the role of sampling methods, statistics and quality control/assurance in analytical chemistry.
  • demonstrate safe laboratory practice via: carrying out hazard assessments for laboratory experiments, displaying competence in techniques and instrument use, both individually and in groups.
  • communicate in scientific writing in the form of laboratory reports by: following provided report templates, using appropriate scientific terminology, conventions for representing molecular structures and adhering to standard english conventions, using chemical databases to perform literature searches and identify references accordingly.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010500 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,701.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Admission into a Masters course OR (KRA113 Chemistry 1A Hobart AND KRA114 Chemistry 1B Hobart) OR (KRA101 Chemistry 1A AND KRA102 Chemistry 1B)


Teaching Pattern

3 x 1-hr teaching sessions weekly, including lectures and problem solving sessions (13 wks), 4-hr lab weekly (10 wks)

AssessmentAssignments (10%)|Lab reports (35%)|Examination (55%)
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