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Applying Chemical Ideas

This online short course guides you through the NSW Chemistry Stage 6 syllabus module, Applying Chemical Ideas. Upskill your content knowledge, gain professional development and grow your network through formative assessment, discussion boards, case studies, videos and demonstrations.

About this course

This short course is for current Chemistry teachers or those aspiring to become Chemistry teachers. It is particularly targeted to the NSW syllabus, which is mapped to the Australian Curriculum.

The aim of the course is to upskill teachers beyond the requirements of their students. This will give teachers the confidence to address the needs of their students, see connections between topics and address the needs of more capable students.

During this course we will conduct chemical investigations to identify and determine the concentration of ions in solution, perform qualitative chemical tests to determine the presence of key functional groups, interpret spectroscopic data to elucidate the chemical structure of organic compounds, and evaluate the range of factors to be considered when designing a chemical synthesis. Applications of the chemistry principles to industry and current research practices will also be provided throughout the course.

Course structure

The identification, analysis and monitoring of chemicals is of immense importance in a number of fields, including scientific research, medicine, environmental management and mining.

This course goes beyond the requisite content knowledge of the NSW HSC Chemistry syllabus, enabling chemistry teachers to confidently deliver module 8 to students. The following content will be covered during the course:

Module 1: Substances in the environment

  • Classifying inorganic and organic substances
  • Monitoring the environment
  • Analysis of inorganic and organic substances.

Module 2: Analysis of inorganic substances

  • Earth’s composition
  • Monitoring air, water and soil
  • Qualitative analysis - flame tests, precipitation reactions and complexation reactions
  • Quantitative analysis - gravimetric analysis, precipitation titrations, complexometric titrations
  • Analysis using instrumentation.

Module 3: Analysis of organic substances

  • Qualitative tests for the presence of functional groups
  • Infrared spectroscopy
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Mass spectrometry.

Module 4: Chemical synthesis and design

  • Availability of reagents
  • Reaction conditions
  • Yield and purity
  • Industrial uses.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and apply key chemistry principles
  • Apply quantitative skills to solve chemistry problems
  • Examine practical investigation demonstrations and explain observations
  • Express chemistry concepts in a clear manner for a range of audiences through a variety of written and verbal forms.



  • Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree or an equivalent or higher qualification or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.
  • Applicants who do not meet the above requirements but have work experience as a professional and a general capacity to undertake tertiary education may be considered.


Full price: $1,200 (GST-free)*

Special price: $990 (GST-free)* We are offering this special price in support of educational re-training during the pandemic recovery. This special price is available until 31 December 2021.

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 


Discount codes are available for the following:

  • 10% discount for UTS staff, students and alumni

If you are eligible for the discount above, you will need to obtain a discount code BEFORE you sign up for this course.

Please email with your UTS staff or student number. Once verified, you will be supplied with a voucher code to apply to your cart.

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for, but not limited to:

  • Current chemistry teachers
  • Aspiring chemistry teachers.


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30 hrs

Meet the Expert

Dr Morgan Alonzo

Dr Morgan Alonzo
Scholarly Teaching Fellow

Morgan completed a Bachelor of Forensic Science in Applied Chemistry (Honours) degree at UTS in 2012. She then completed her PhD at UTS in 2018, on the development of new methods for the identification of psychoactive substances in seized illicit materials. Her research in this field of forensic chemistry and forensic toxicology has led to ongoing international industry collaboration and commercialisation of a presumptive test for the drug class, synthetic cathinones.

In her role as a Scholarly Teaching Fellow, Morgan coordinates, develops, and lectures into a number of chemistry subjects at UTS.

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