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The subject provides an introduction to organic acids and bases; nucleophilic substitution reactions; elimination reactions; addition reactions; electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions; nucleophilic addition reactions; organic redox reactions; chemical kinetics; elementary quantum mechanics, atomic spectra and atomic structure; redox reactions and electrochemistry; and transition metal and coordination chemistry.
Intended learning outcomes
The aim of the subject is to provide students with an understanding of the reactivity of organic molecules; the nature of chemical change; the structure of the atom; electrochemical processes and the structure and reactivity of metal compounds.
In the practical component, students should develop basic laboratory skills (observation, analytical techniques, report writing); oral communication skills; independent learning skills; an appreciation of the health and safety issues associated with the safe handling and disposal of laboratory chemicals.
This subject encompasses particular generic skills so that on completion of this subject students should have developed skills relating to:
- the organization of work schedules that permit appropriate preparation time for tutorials, practical classes and examinations;
- the use of electronic forms of communication;
- the utilisation of computer-aided learning activities to enhance understanding;
- the performance of basic manipulations with laboratory equipment;
- the recording of observations, the analysis of information and the interpretation data within a laboratory setting;
- accessing information from the library employing both electronic and traditional means;
- working collaboratively with other students;
- the use of conceptual models;
- problem solving; and
- critical thinking.
Last updated: 16 November 2019