Consumer Chemistry

CHE10005 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 24 hours face to face + blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

Aims and objectives

This unit takes the skills from Introduction to Chemistry or Chemistry 1 and uses them to introduce students to real world examples of the use of chemistry, specifically in a consumer context. Both the practical and theoretical aspects of a selection of consumer products will be studied, in addition to the environmental impact of such activity. 
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Illustrate some of the scientific bases behind the choice consumers have when obtaining common household products.
2. Demonstrate the capacity to undertake basic laboratory work in a context of chemical applications to consumer products.
3. Argue the benefit of one consumer product over another in terms of the economical, efficacious and chemical principle behind that choice.
4. Describe the impact of consumer products on the environment.
5. Rationalise the ingredients in several consumer products, for example a hand cream.
6. Evaluate analytical results of real world samples in terms of the expected value and variability in that value.