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Inorganic Chemistry III (CHEM30009)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeCHEM30009
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The subject includes lecture and practical components. This lecture component is based on the Inorganic Chemistry lectures from the CHEM30016 course (12 lectures) and those from an approved module relating to Inorganic Chemistry chosen from the topics offered in CHEM30017 (12 lectures). A limited selection of the following topics will be offered, from which students choose one module:

  • Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis,
  • Metal chemistry: Principles and applications
  • Complex Materials and Biophysical Chemistry,
  • Supramolecular and Structural Inorganic Chemistry,
  • Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students should comprehend the concept of coordination for bonding and metal-ion reactivity, cluster molecules, organometallic species and metal-ion containing biomolecules. They should gain knowledge about the chemical processes occurring at the metal ion centre in catalytic processes ranging from synthetic and technological applications to biologically important enzymatic processes (for example photosynthesis, nitrogen fixation and fuel cells); understand the reasons for the different types of structures observed for such molecules and have developed a knowledge of the procedures for determination of the structures via spectroscopic and related techniques. In addition, students should have an appreciation of the electronic structure of metal complexes; the structure of the solid state; and apply concepts developed in relation to small molecule chemistry to catalysis in biological and non-biological systems.

The practical component of this subject will consist of a number of experiments involving the synthesis and/or chemical and/or instrumental investigations of important classes of main group and transition metal coordination and organometallic compounds, chosen from practical experiments offered within the CHEM30015 course.

Generic skills

This subject will provide the student with the opportunity to establish and develop the following generic skills:

• an advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base, problem-solving and critical thinking skills;
• the ability to comprehend complex concepts and effectively communicate this understanding to the scientific community and in a manner accessible to the wider community;
• the ability to connect and apply the learnt concepts to a broad range of scientific problems beyond the scope of this subject;
• the ability to think critically and independently, and a capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed work;
• the ability to problem-solving, and the ability to use conceptual models to rationalise observations;
• an ability to evaluate the research and professional literature;
• a capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in written presentations

Eligibility and requirements


This subject is available for exchange students only, who are required to have successfully completed an approved inorganic chemistry subject at 2 nd year university level, which includes laboratory work. Students are required to contact the subject coordinator prior to enrolment.



Non-allowed subjects

Credit cannot be gained for this subject and any of:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
CHEM30016 Reactivity and Mechanism
Semester 1
CHEM30015 Advanced Practical Chemistry
Semester 1

An additional non-allowed subject combination normally exists between this subject and CHEM30017 Specialised Topics in Chemistry B. However enrolment in CHEM30017 Specialised Topics in Chemistry B (with a restricted choice of topics) and this subject, may be approved by the subject coordinator.

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.

This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Student Equity and Disability Support.

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



Practical component: Ongoing assessment in the form of up to 5 reports due during semester 1 (30%).

Lecture components: To address the diversity of material taught in the various modules of this subject, there will be several options for assessment. The assessment for the specific module will be announced in the first lecture.

Option 1: One one-hour end of semester exam (80%) and one to two assignments conducted during the module (20%).

Option 2: Several assignments (written and/or oral) conducted during the module (100%).

Satisfactory completion of both theory and practical work is necessary to pass the subject.

Dates & times

Not available in 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.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    C E Housecroft and A G Sharpe, Inorganic Chemistry, 3rd Ed. Pearson Prentice-Hall, 2008.

  • 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.

Last updated: 3 April 2019