|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 2|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject allows students to develop skills in the synthesis of different classes of organic and inorganic compounds; analysis of samples with single and multiple components; determination of the kinetic and thermodynamic properties of molecules; measurement and interpretation of the spectroscopic and magnetic properties of inorganic and organic compounds. Students will have the opportunity to obtain expertise in the operation of modern analytical and spectroscopic techniques (including chromatography, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, mass spectrometry).
The subject consists of eight lectures, two tutorials, and a program of experiments. The lectures and tutorials provide instruction on the basis of different analytical and computational techniques, spectroscopic identification of unknown compounds and cover various aspects of chemical safety, reporting of experimental data, data and error analysis and the use of chemical databases.
Intended learning outcomes
The subject aims to develop students' skills in the synthesis, analysis and characterisation of organic, main group and transition metal compounds. Important aspects of the training provided in this subject include the acquisition of skills needed to conduct chemical synthesis, perform a range of methods used for chemical analysis, interpret the results of spectroscopic or analytical measurements and to know the procedures that allow the safe handling of chemicals and conduct of chemical reactions.
Upon completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
- the ability to use conceptual models to rationalise observations;
- data recording and interpretation of scientific observations;
- ability to search databases and the scientific literature;
- be able to apply procedures for data and error analysis;
- ability to write scientific reports;
- an understanding and basic operations of modern analytical techniques;
- an awareness of safe and diligent laboratory practice, including safe chemical and glassware handling, and proper instrument operation.
Eligibility and requirements
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|CHEM20020||Chemistry: Structure and Properties||
(May be taken concurrently)
Students who have completed one of the following subjects may not also gain credit for this subject:
CHEM20014 CHEM20021 CHEM20022 CHEM20023 CHEM20024 CHEM20025
Recommended background knowledge
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|CHEM20018||Chemistry: Reactions and Synthesis||
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
An online test (not exceeding 1.5 hours) due mid-semester based on the material developed in lectures (10%); Ongoing assessment of practical work (of technical competence, reporting and interpretative skills) in the form of 15 short (1 to 3 pages each) and 2 long reports (5 to 6 pages each) due during the semester, one week after completion of the experimental work (90%).
Dates & times
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Brendan Abrahams Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours A total of 21 three-hour practical classes at a rate of no more than 2 x three hour practical classes per week; 2 x one hour lectures per week for four weeks; 1 x one hour tutorial per week for two weeks. Total 73 hours. Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
Time commitment details
Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours.
Additional delivery details
This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities.
The laboratory manual for this subject
- Subject notes
A bound (preferably duplicate) laboratory note book, laboratory coat and safety glasses are required for laboratory activities.
It is recommended that students who plan to major in Chemistry to also have completed the following:
- Mathematics and Statistics - two semesters of first year mathematics, for example MAST10005 Calculus 1, MAST10006 Calculus 2 and/or MAST10007 Linear Algebra.
- Physics - VCE Units 3/4 12 Physics or equivalent, for example PHYC10005 Physics 1: Fundamentals
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Informal specialisation Environments Discipline subjects Informal specialisation Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Major Environmental Science major Informal specialisation Selective subjects for B-BMED Major Chemistry Informal specialisation Chemistry Informal specialisation Medicinal Chemistry Major Medicinal Chemistry
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.