School Of Science And Health

Forensic and Environmental AnalysisWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300843.1


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
An understanding and competence with basic chemical principles including SI units, chemical symbols, formulas and equations, stoichiometry, the mole concept, equilibria, acids and bases, pH and electrochemistry. Introductory statistics – mean, standard deviation, distributions, linear regression

Equivalent Units
300493 - Forensic and Environmental Analysis

Incompatible Units
300832 - Analytical Chemistry and 300297 - Analytical Chemistry 2

300800 Essential Chemistry 1 OR 300808 Introductory Chemistry

About this Unit
This unit extends the student's knowledge and experience of analytical techniques by applying them to forensic investigations and analysis in the environmental and food sciences. It will provide an understanding of the chemical and physical principles underlying the use of instrumentation in chemical analysis. Topics include principles of spectroscopic techniques, separation methods; sample collection and storage; presumptive testing; modern chemical instrumentation for gas and liquid chromatography; atomic spectroscopy; mass spectroscopy; x-ray methods and spectroscopic methods.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Safety glasses and laboratory coat, laboratory book, enclosed footwear

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