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Catalysis (CHEM90052)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCHEM90052
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Catalytic processes are ubiquitous in natural and synthetic systems. A firm base of knowledge on catalysis is an essential tool not only for students interested in synthesis but also those who seek a deeper understanding of biological and industrial processes. This subject provides an overview of catalysis. A range of catalytic processes will be discussed with emphasis on transition metal catalysis, organocatalysis and photocatalysis. Case studies involving biological and industrial processes will form part of the lecture series.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Define catalysis and different types of catalytic processes.
  • Draw catalytic cycles.
  • Discuss reaction parameters and scope.
  • Identify and describe key biological and industrial processes involving catalysis.
  • Increase student knowledge and understanding of chemical science
  • Use investigative skills, critical thought and the ability to evaluate information and to analyse experimental data.

Generic skills

  • advanced problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • an ability to evaluate the professional literature
  • an understanding of the changing knowledge base
  • a capacity to apply concepts developed in one area to a different context
  • the ability to use conceptual models to rationalize experimental observations

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Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • At the 9-lecture mark each subject will be assessed by a written assignment of 1000 words during the subject (25%)
  • 1.5 hour of examination after completion of the subject (this is seen as equivalent to 1500 words) (75%)

Dates & times

  • February
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment85 hours
    Teaching period26 February 2018 to 20 April 2018
    Last self-enrol date 8 March 2018
    Census date16 March 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail13 April 2018
    Assessment period ends11 May 2018

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Last updated: 29 March 2019