- One Semester or equivalent
- 24 hours face to face + blended
On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.
2024 teaching periods
Higher Ed. Semester 2
Last self enrolment:
Last withdraw without fail:
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.