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Specialised Topics in Chemistry B (CHEM30014)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeCHEM30014
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides a series of specialised modules in the areas of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.

Students choose three modules from the following selection of topics. Each module consists of 12 lectures.

  • Physical Organic Chemistry,
  • Methods in Organic Synthesis,
  • Quantum Mechanics in Chemistry,
  • Computational Chemistry,
  • Supramolecular and Structural Inorganic Chemistry
  • Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine

Intended learning outcomes

Students should develop an advanced perspective on theory and applications across the disciplines of Chemistry. They should obtain problem-solving skills and training in chemistry sufficient to allow them to pursue careers in applied chemistry and chemicals-based research. In the latter case, students should obtain the chemical knowledge needed to be able to complete successfully the honours/masters coursework.

Generic skills

This subject will provide opportunities to enhance the following generic skills:

  • the ability to comprehend complex concepts and to communicate this understanding;
  • the ability to analyse and solve abstract and technical problems;
  • an awareness of advanced technologies in the discipline of chemistry;
  • the ability to think and reason logically;
  • the ability to think critically and independently.

Eligibility and requirements


Satisfactory completion of

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
CHEM30016 Reactivity and Mechanism
Semester 1

Exchange students must contact the subject coordinator prior to enrolment.



Non-allowed subjects


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


Additional details

Each of the three modules selected by the student will contribute one third of the marks to the final grade. The assessment for each module will take one of the following two forms:
i) One 60 minute exam at the end of the semester (80%) and one or two assignments during the semester which will run concurrently with each of the modules (20%).
ii) Several assignments (written and/or oral) conducted during the semester. The assignments will run concurrently with the module.

In the first lecture of each module the lecturer will indicate which assessment option will be adopted.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorTrevor Smith
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursThree modules comprising twelve one hour lectures each throughout the semester; up to two one-hour tutorials per module. Only two modules run simultaneously in 4 week blocks, resulting in a maximum of 8 contact hours in any given week. Total 42 hours.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts


  • Subject notes

    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
  • Breadth options

    This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

  • 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.

Last updated: 2 August 2019