Consumer Chemistry

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


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • 56 Hours

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

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22



Aims and objectives

- To build upon, and reinforce, the knowledge gained in CHE10001 Chemistry 1.
- To introduce students to real world examples of the use of chemistry, specifically in a consumer context.
- To reinforce basic practical skills, set in a context of applied chemistry.
- To illustrate the range of chemical variability expected in environmental and manufacturing conditions.

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.