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Chemistry

Foundation Courses

CHEM 91F
15 Points

Foundation Chemistry 1

Introduction to elements, compounds, the periodic table, atomic structure, covalent bonding, molecular shape and polarity. Quantitative chemistry, including balancing equations, calculating moles and particles present, calculation of concentration in mol L-1. Energy and thermo-chemistry. Laboratories include practical skills and qualitative analysis, and simple modelling.

Restriction: CHEM 91P

CHEM 92F
15 Points

Foundation Chemistry 2

Introduces further principles of chemistry. Physical chemistry and qualitative inorganic analysis, including chemical kinetics and chemical equilibrium. Organic chemistry, including hydrocarbons, oxygen-containing functional groups, isomerism and reaction classifications, acids, bases, buffer solutions and titrations. Laboratories include reactions of hydrocarbon and oxygen-containing organic compounds, chromatography, testing for anions and cations in solution, acid-base titrations. This course requires prior enrolment in CHEM 91F.

Preparatory Courses

CHEM 91P
15 Points

Preparatory Chemistry 1

Preparatory introduction to elements, compounds, the periodic table, atomic structure, covalent bonding, molecular shape and polarity. Quantitative chemistry, including balancing equations, calculating moles and particles present, calculation of concentration in mol L-1. Energy and thermo-chemistry. Laboratories include practical skills and qualitative analysis, and simple modelling.

Restriction: CHEM 91F

Stage I

CHEM 100
15 Points

CHEM 100G
15 Points

Molecules that Changed the World

The impact of chemistry on the modern world will be explored by focusing on the stories of specific molecules, including penicillin, DDT and nylon. Their discovery, the underlying chemical principles that explain their behaviour, their impact on our lives including social and scientific issues that arise from their use, and their likely impact on the future will be investigated. No formal prerequisite, but the course assumes a science background at Year 11 or higher.

CHEM 110
15 Points

Chemistry of the Living World

A foundation for understanding the chemistry of life is laid by exploring the diversity and reactivity of organic compounds. A systematic study of reactivity focuses on the site and mechanism of reaction including application of chemical kinetics. A quantitative study of proton transfer reactions features control of pH of fluids in both living systems and the environment. It is recommended that students with a limited background in chemistry take CHEM 150 prior to CHEM 110.

CHEM 120
15 Points

Chemistry of the Material World

The chemistry of the elements and their compounds is explored. The relationship between molecular structure and reactivity, the role of energy, concepts of bond formation and chemical equilibrium are discussed. Issues such as sustainability, energy and fuels, and the creation of new materials are also discussed. It is recommended that students with a limited background in chemistry take CHEM 150 prior to CHEM 120.

CHEM 150
15 Points

Concepts in Chemistry

The fundamentals of chemistry are explored with a view to enhancing understanding of the chemical nature of the world around us and providing a foundation for further study in chemistry. Special attention is paid to familiarisation with the language of chemistry and the chemist's perspective of the properties of matter and its transformations. It is recommended that students with a limited background in chemistry take this course prior to CHEM 110 or CHEM 120.

Restriction: Cannot be taken at the same time as any other chemistry course, or after any successfully completed chemistry course, other than CHEM 100/CHEM 100G

Stage II

CHEM 210
15 Points

Physical and Materials Chemistry

Physical chemistry is essential for developing and interpreting the modern techniques used to investigate the structure and properties of matter. Materials chemistry is an increasingly important subject aimed at producing new or improved materials for a variety of practical applications. Covers topics involving the application of physical chemistry to the study of modern materials: electrochemistry and energy storage, and the electrical properties of solids.

Prerequisite: Either CHEM 110 and 120, or B– in CHEM 110 or 120

CHEM 220
15 Points

Inorganic Compounds: Structure, Bonding and Reactivity

Modern inorganic chemistry encompasses the study of compounds with a broad diversity of reactivities, structures and bonding types. Often these have widespread relevance for many other areas of science and technology. Fundamental concepts in atomic and molecular structure will be provided to give a foundation for examples drawn from coordination, bioinorganic, organometallic and main group chemistry. The associated laboratories provide complementary experience in synthesis and measurement of physical properties for selected inorganic compounds.

Prerequisite: Either CHEM 110 and 120, or B– in CHEM 110 or 120

CHEM 230
15 Points

Molecules for Life: Synthesis and Reactivity

Students will build on their repertoire of fundamental reaction types that have previously been encountered with the introduction of new reactions and their application to more complex molecules of biological and medicinal importance. The laboratory course is an integral component of the course that emphasises preparative chemistry and the use of modern spectroscopic methods for structure determination.

Prerequisite: Either CHEM 110 and 120, or B– in CHEM 110 or 120

CHEM 240
15 Points

Measurement and Analysis in Chemistry and Health Sciences

An introduction to the physico-chemical principles and techniques underlying a wide range of modern analytical methods used in chemistry and the biomedical sciences. Topics include chromatographic methods for the separation of complex mixtures, the application of modern electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques to analytical problems, and methods for assessing the reliability of results. Experiments illustrating these principles are an integral part of this course. An understanding of basic maths at the level covered in MATHS 102 will be assumed.

Prerequisite: Either CHEM 110 and CHEM 120, or B- in CHEM 110 or 120

CHEM 251
15 Points

Structure and Spectroscopy

To study chemicals it is important to understand the stereochemical and electronic properties of molecules. Molecular orbital techniques and the application of approaches based on molecular symmetry and group theory to the understanding of molecular properties, bonding and spectroscopy will be studied. Application of these concepts to spectroscopic characterisation and quantification of materials by various spectroscopic techniques will be discussed.

Prerequisite: CHEM 110 or 120 and 15 points from MATHS 108, 110, 150, PHYSICS 120, 160, STATS 101

Restriction: CHEM 210, 220, 230

CHEM 252
15 Points

Properties and Analysis of Matter

Understanding the physico-chemical properties of matter is crucial for modern chemistry. Fundamental processes to the analysis and understanding of chemical systems, including thermodynamics, equilibria, acid and bases. Applications of modern electrochemistry, physical chemistry of modern materials and methods for assessing the reliability of results will be taught. The laboratory course emphasises the obtaining and understanding of chemical measurements.

Prerequisite: CHEM 110, 120 and 15 points from MATHS 108, 110, 150, PHYSICS 120, 160, STATS 101

Restriction: CHEM 210, 220, 240

CHEM 253
15 Points

Making Molecules: Synthesis and Isolation

Creation of chemicals and compounds is at the heart of synthetic chemistry; students will learn organic, organometallic and inorganic synthesis with an emphasis on how and why reactions occur. Studying separation strategies, reaction conditions and characterisation techniques will allow an understanding of the variables in synthesis. The laboratory component provides experience in synthesising, isolating, purifying and characterising compounds.

Prerequisite: CHEM 110, 120

Restriction: CHEM 220, 230, 240

CHEM 254
15 Points

Modelling Chemical Processes

From quantum mechanics to enzyme active sites, statistical analysis to the greenhouse effect, models are essential to our understanding of chemical phenomena. But what makes a good model? How are they developed and tested? After exploring the concept of models and their relationship to the scientific method, students will investigate several currently accepted models used in the chemical sciences.

Prerequisite: CHEM 110, 120

CHEM 260
15 Points

Introduction to Green Chemistry

Introduction to the concepts and principles of Green Chemistry. Selected real world applications of Green Chemistry are presented to illustrate how these important guiding principles can be applied. The integral laboratory course provides valuable practical experience in relevant areas of the chemical sciences.

Prerequisite: Either CHEM 110 and 120, or at least B- in CHEM 110 or 120

Stage III

CHEM 310
15 Points

Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy

Molecular structure is fundamental to the understanding of modern chemistry. Molecular spectroscopy provides an important method for probing the structure of molecules, and the following aspects of this subject will be presented: molecular energies and molecular spectra, molecular symmetry and spectroscopy, surface spectroscopy and the structure and chemistry of surfaces.

Prerequisite: 15 points from CHEM 210, 251

CHEM 320
15 Points

Design and Reactivity of Inorganic Compounds

A selection of the most recent developments in contemporary inorganic chemistry will be covered. These will include ligand design and reactivity in coordination chemistry, macrocyclic chemistry, redox chemistry, photochemistry, construction of devices, organometallic chemistry, catalysis, and main group rings, chains, clusters and polymers. The laboratories provide complementary experience in synthesis and measurement of physical properties for selected inorganic compounds.

Prerequisite: 15 points from CHEM 220, 253

CHEM 330
15 Points

Contemporary Organic Chemistry

Topics in advanced organic chemistry, including the synthesis, reactions and uses of compounds containing phosphorus, selenium, boron and silicon. Organotransition metal chemistry. Asymmetric synthesis. Heterocyclic chemistry and pericyclic reactions. Laboratories emphasise synthetic and structural methods.

Prerequisite: 15 points from CHEM 230, 253

CHEM 340
15 Points

Advanced Analytical Chemistry

Principles and applications of modern instrumental analytical chemistry. Statistical methods, quality control and assurance, sampling, instrumentation, chromatographic and other separation methods, spectrophotometric methods, electro-analytical methods.

Prerequisite: 15 points from CHEM 240, 252

CHEM 350
15 Points

CHEM 350A
7.5 Points

CHEM 350B
7.5 Points

Topics in Chemistry

Topics in modern chemistry. Students will select three of the modules offered, details of which are available in the School of Chemical Sciences Undergraduate Handbook.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Chemistry

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEM 350 A and B, or CHEM 350

CHEM 351
15 Points

Chemicals Big and Small: Nano-material to Bio-macromolecules

Chemical materials are found with a broad range of shapes, sizes and physical properties. Students will study the synthesis of chemical materials; including polymeric materials using radical chemistry, inorganic materials and proteins and peptides using synthetic and biological chemical approaches. Methods to characterise materials will be investigated, including a range of physical and computational techniques giving insight into molecular interactions.

Prerequisite: 30 points from CHEM 251, 252, 253

Restriction: CHEM 350

CHEM 352
15 Points

Advanced Concepts in Chemistry

Comprises various topics in the chemical sciences related to current research interests in the School, which may vary from year to year. Students will be exposed to cutting-edge research concepts and will study four separate modules over two semesters.

CHEM 360
15 Points

Contemporary Green Chemistry

Covers topics central to contemporary Green Chemistry such as sustainable syntheses, energy production, catalysis, pollution control, and basic toxicology. The integral laboratory course provides valuable practical experience in relevant areas of the chemical sciences.

Prerequisite: CHEM 260

CHEM 380
15 Points

Materials Chemistry

Synthesis, properties characterisation and applications of advanced materials. Includes a review of current trends in materials research. Important aspects of solid inorganic materials and organic polymers are covered.

Prerequisite: 15 points from CHEM 210, 220, 251

CHEM 390
15 Points

Medicinal Chemistry

Nature of cellular targets for drug action – lipids, proteins, enzymes, DNA. Principles of molecular recognition. Enzymes and receptors as targets for drug action. DNA as a target for drug action. An overview of approaches to drug discovery and development. Structure-activity relationships, stereochemistry and drug action, prodrugs, drug solubilisation and delivery, drug metabolism and antibiotic resistance. Laboratories focus on the synthesis, computer modelling and biological testing of drugs.

Prerequisite: CHEM 110 and a minimum of 165 points passed

CHEM 392
15 Points

Issues in Drug Design and Development

Intellectual property and patent law in the pharmaceutical industry. An overview of the legal and regulatory framework for drug design and development. Clinical trials: formulation of a drug; phase I, phase II and phase III protocols. An introduction to the principles involved in the Codes of Good Manufacturing Practice and Good Laboratory Practice (quality control and quality assurance procedures) as applied to the manufacture of drug products and the quantification of drugs and metabolites in biological fluids. Examples of drug development. Case studies of selected drugs from design to release.

Prerequisite: Minimum of 165 points passed

CHEM 397
15 Points

Capstone: Green Chemical Science

Explores green chemical processes, principles, applications and development. Students will examine the ethical, social and commercial implications of green chemical processes.

Prerequisite: 30 points from CHEM 351, 360, ENVSCI 301

CHEM 398
15 Points

Capstone: Medicinal Chemistry

The combination of skills learnt throughout the Medicinal Chemistry Specialisation will be used to study both currently used and potential new therapeutic agents. Students will use a range of delivery modes to present the molecules studied during this course.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage III in Chemistry

CHEM 399
15 Points

Capstone: Chemistry

The combination of skills learned throughout the Chemistry major will be used to complete two tasks (one written-focused and one practically-based), choosing from a range of topics.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage III in Chemistry

Diploma Courses

CHEM 690A
15 Points

CHEM 690B
15 Points

Graduate Diploma Dissertation (Chemistry)

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEM 690 A and B

CHEM 691
30 Points

CHEM 691A
15 Points

CHEM 691B
15 Points

PG Diploma Dissertation (Chemistry)

Restriction: CHEM 790

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEM 691 A and B, or CHEM 691

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

CHEM 701
15 Points

PG Topics in Chemistry 1

A directed reading and individual study course to prepare students in the methodologies in a selected sub-discipline of chemistry.

CHEM 702
15 Points

PG Topics in Chemistry 2

A directed reading and individual study course to prepare students in the methodologies in a selected sub-discipline of chemistry.

CHEM 710
15 Points

Advanced Physical Chemistry

Topics are chosen from areas of current research in physical chemistry and will include areas such as quantum mechanics, computational chemistry, theory and applications of spectroscopical methods such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). No formal prerequisite, but knowledge of physical chemistry at the level covered in CHEM 310 and of basic calculus will be assumed.

CHEM 720
15 Points

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

The topics covered are chosen from areas of current research in inorganic chemistry, and will include functional supramolecular devices, organometallic and inorganometallic chemistry, and main group element multiple bonding. No formal prerequisite, but knowledge of inorganic chemistry at the level covered in CHEM 320 will be assumed.

CHEM 730
15 Points

Modern Methods for the Synthesis of Bioactive Molecules

The use of modern methods for the construction of complex molecules with an emphasis on carbon-carbon bond formation and control of stereochemistry. Principles and practice of synthesis design based on retrosynthetic analysis. Each student will present and discuss a recent synthesis of a complex bioactive organic compound. No formal prerequisite, but knowledge of organic chemistry at the level covered in CHEM 330 will be assumed.

CHEM 735
15 Points

Advanced Medicinal Chemistry

A selection of topics dealing with aspects of medicinal chemistry, including anticancer agents, metals in medicine, antibacterial and antiviral chemotherapy, contemporary topics in medicinal and/or bio-organic chemistry.

CHEM 738
15 Points

Biomolecular Chemistry

Discusses how techniques including NMR spectroscopy, calorimetry, neutron scattering and computational modelling, can characterise the molecular structure, dynamics, and interactions of biological macromolecules. The principles of each technique will be presented and complemented with examples of where these methods have made major advances in understanding important biochemical processes. Accessible to students with a background in chemistry, biology, bioengineering, or physics.

CHEM 740
15 Points

Current Topics in Analytical Chemistry

Principles and applications of modern analytical chemistry. Emphasis will be on the solution of problems met by analytical chemists, including a study of the development of instrumentation, and a study of current trends in analytical research. No formal prerequisite, but knowledge of analytical chemistry at the level covered in CHEM 340 will be assumed.

CHEM 750
15 Points

CHEM 750A
7.5 Points

CHEM 750B
7.5 Points

Advanced Topics in Chemistry 1

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEM 750 A and B, or CHEM 750

CHEM 751
15 Points

CHEM 751A
7.5 Points

CHEM 751B
7.5 Points

Advanced Topics in Chemistry 2

A modular course comprising topics in physical, inorganic, organic and analytical chemistry related to departmental research interests, which will vary from year to year. Students satisfactorily completing three modules will be awarded CHEM 750. Students satisfactorily completing an additional three modules will be awarded CHEM 751.

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEM 751 A and B, or CHEM 751

CHEM 755
15 Points

Special Topics in Chemistry 1

CHEM 760
15 Points

Advanced Green Chemistry

Examines topics that are of key global significance to sustainability such as human activities that exceed the planetary boundaries, global warming, ocean acidification, endocrine disrupting compounds, global population, imbalance of the phosphorus and nitrogen cycles, and extinction of species. No formal prerequisite, but knowledge of green chemistry at the level covered in CHEM 360 will be assumed.

CHEM 770
15 Points

Advanced Environmental Chemistry

Selected current research topics in environmental chemistry. Topics change from year to year, but may include: chemical impacts of geothermal energy development or mining on the environment, trace metal fingerprinting, naturally occurring metal-adsorbents such as iron oxides, the behaviour of persistent organic contaminants, the chemistry of drinking water treatment and the chemical theory behind the design of environmental monitoring instruments. Includes a half-day field trip.

CHEM 780
15 Points

Advanced Materials Chemistry

A selection of topics on the chemistry of advanced materials, including novel polymeric materials and materials characterisation and analysis. No formal prerequisite, but knowledge of materials chemistry at the level covered in CHEM 380 will be assumed.

CHEM 793
60 Points

CHEM 793A
30 Points

CHEM 793B
30 Points

Honours Dissertation in Chemistry

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEM 793 A and B, or CHEM 793

CHEM 795
15 Points

Research Methods in Chemistry

A review of the literature and research methods associated with a selected chemistry research topic and an outline of the proposed research and its significance. Students will also be required to present an overview of the proposal in a seminar.

CHEM 796A
60 Points

CHEM 796B
60 Points

MSc Thesis in Chemistry

To complete this course students must enrol in CHEM 796 A and B

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