Chemistry

CHEMISTRY (HONOURS)

The Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Honours) (Chemistry) requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 4000-level Honours coursework core units, and
(ii) 36 credit points of 4000-level Honours research project units

Honours Coursework Core

CHEM4101 Chemistry Research Skills

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Brendan Kennedy Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 1hr seminar/week for 8 weeks Prerequisites: (CHEM3X11 and CHEM3X15) or (24 cp of CHEM3XXX or (18 cp of CHEM3XXX and SCPU3001)) Assumed knowledge: Proficiency in safe chemical laboratory practices. Completion of a senior level laboratory course. Assessment: safety quiz (10%), oral presentations (5% and 15%), research proposal (70%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Chemical research involves the identification of a problem worthy of investigation, formulation of a hypothesis, the design of experiments and the communication of the outcomes of the research. This unit focuses on the preparation of a research proposal that should be distinct from your Honours project work currently being undertaken in the School of Chemistry. You will, in consultation with a member of the academic staff and the unit coordinator, develop a research proposal that provides an account of the relevant scientific literature that leads to the identification of specific research aims. The proposal will describe the methodologies needed to test your hypothesis and demonstrate the feasibility of these by reference to the existing literature and the significance of the research. You will present a short seminar based on you proposal. This unit will also introduce you to the relevant workplace health and safety requirements. By completing this unit you will be prepared to develop and initiate a chemical research project.
SCIE4001 Science Communication

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Alice E Motion Session: Semester 1 Classes: lecture 2-3 hrs/week, workshops 1-2hrs/week Prerequisites: 144 credit points of units of study and including a minimum of 24 credit points at the 3000- or 4000-level and 18 credit points of 3000- or 4000-level units from Science Table A. Assumed knowledge: Completion of a major in a science discipline. Basic knowledge of other sciences is beneficial. Experience in communication such as delivering oral presentations and producing written reports. An awareness of science in a societal context, e.g., of disciplinary applications. Assessment: seminar/workshop attendance and completion of 'course notebook' (10%; individual), written article communicating science topic to specific audience (25%; individual), illustrating science (sound/figure/animation/diagram etc; 15%), 3 minute presentation of science topic to specific audience (25%; individual), group report (25%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Mid-year honours students would take this unit of study in S1 (their second semester of study).
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough". This quote is widely attributed to Albert Einstein, but regardless of its provenance, it suggests that one measure of an expert's knowledge can be found in their ability to translate complex ideas so that they are accessible to anyone. The communication of science to the public is essential for science and society. In order to increase public understanding and appreciation of science, researchers must be able to explain their results, and the wider context of their research, to non-experts. This unit will explore some theoretical foundations of science communications, identify outstanding practitioners and empower students to produce effective science communication in different media. In this unit you will learn the necessary skills and techniques to tell engaging and informative science stories in order to bring complex ideas to life, for non-expert audiences. By undertaking this unit you will develop a greater understanding of the wider context of your honours unit, advance your communication skills and be able to explain your honours research to non-expert audiences such as friends, family or future employers. These transferable skills will equip you for future research - where emphasis is increasingly placed on public communication and/or outreach - or professional pathways - where effective communication of complex ideas is highly valued.

Honours Core Research Project

CHEM4103 Chemistry Honours Project A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Brendan Kennedy Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: individual work supported by the supervisor Assessment: oral presentation (20%), thesis (50%), research ability (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Our understanding of Chemistry is continuously evolving as a consequence of chemical research. This unit provides training in research techniques in chemistry and experience with modern state of the art research instrumentation with an emphasis on developing advanced chemical knowledge under the supervision and mentorship of an experienced researcher. The unit adds a new dimension to the skills that you have acquired during your undergraduate years. Each student will identify a hypothesis in an area of contemporary chemistry and in collaboration with their supervisor design and undertake a research project to test the hypothesis. The results of the project will be communicated through written tasks and oral presentation culminating in an Honours thesis. Successful completion of the unit will demonstrate that you have mastered significant research and professional skills for a future career and may lead to the opportunity to proceed to a postgraduate degree.
CHEM4104 Chemistry Honours Project B

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Brendan Kennedy Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: individual work supported by the supervisor Corequisites: CHEM4103 Assessment: oral presentation (20%), thesis (50%), research ability (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Our understanding of Chemistry is continuously evolving as a consequence of chemical research. This unit provides training in research techniques in chemistry and experience with modern state of the art research instrumentation with an emphasis on developing advanced chemical knowledge under the supervision and mentorship of an experienced researcher. The unit adds a new dimension to the skills that you have acquired during your undergraduate years. Each student will identify a hypothesis in an area of contemporary chemistry and in collaboration with their supervisor design and undertake a research project to test the hypothesis. The results of the project will be communicated through written tasks and oral presentation culminating in an Honours thesis. Successful completion of the unit will demonstrate that you have mastered significant research and professional skills for a future career and may lead to the opportunity to proceed to a postgraduate degree.
CHEM4105 Chemistry Honours Project C

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Brendan Kennedy Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: individual work supported by the supervisor Corequisites: CHEM4104 Assessment: oral presentation (20%), thesis (50%), research ability (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Our understanding of Chemistry is continuously evolving as a consequence of chemical research. This unit provides training in research techniques in chemistry and experience with modern state of the art research instrumentation with an emphasis on developing advanced chemical knowledge under the supervision and mentorship of an experienced researcher. The unit adds a new dimension to the skills that you have acquired during your undergraduate years. Each student will identify a hypothesis in an area of contemporary chemistry and in collaboration with their supervisor design and undertake a research project to test the hypothesis. The results of the project will be communicated through written tasks and oral presentation culminating in an Honours thesis. Successful completion of the unit will demonstrate that you have mastered significant research and professional skills for a future career and may lead to the opportunity to proceed to a postgraduate degree.
CHEM4106 Chemistry Honours Project D

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Brendan Kennedy Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: individual work supported by the supervisor Corequisites: CHEM4105 Assessment: oral presentation (20%), thesis (50%), research ability (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Our understanding of Chemistry is continuously evolving as a consequence of chemical research. This unit provides training in research techniques in chemistry and experience with modern state of the art research instrumentation with an emphasis on developing advanced chemical knowledge under the supervision and mentorship of an experienced researcher. The unit adds a new dimension to the skills that you have acquired during your undergraduate years. Each student will identify a hypothesis in an area of contemporary chemistry and in collaboration with their supervisor design and undertake a research project to test the hypothesis. The results of the project will be communicated through written tasks and oral presentation culminating in an Honours thesis. Successful completion of the unit will demonstrate that you have mastered significant research and professional skills for a future career and may lead to the opportunity to proceed to a postgraduate degree.
CHEM4107 Chemistry Honours Project E

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Brendan Kennedy Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: individual work supported by the supervisor Corequisites: CHEM4106 Assessment: oral presentation (20%), thesis (50%), research ability (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Our understanding of Chemistry is continuously evolving as a consequence of chemical research. This unit provides training in research techniques in chemistry and experience with modern state of the art research instrumentation with an emphasis on developing advanced chemical knowledge under the supervision and mentorship of an experienced researcher. The unit adds a new dimension to the skills that you have acquired during your undergraduate years. Each student will identify a hypothesis in an area of contemporary chemistry and in collaboration with their supervisor design and undertake a research project to test the hypothesis. The results of the project will be communicated through written tasks and oral presentation culminating in an Honours thesis. Successful completion of the unit will demonstrate that you have mastered significant research and professional skills for a future career and may lead to the opportunity to proceed to a postgraduate degree.
CHEM4108 Chemistry Honours Project F

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Brendan Kennedy Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: individual work supported by the supervisor Corequisites: CHEM4107 Assessment: oral presentation (20%), thesis (50%), research ability (30%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Our understanding of Chemistry is continuously evolving as a consequence of chemical research. This unit provides training in research techniques in chemistry and experience with modern state of the art research instrumentation with an emphasis on developing advanced chemical knowledge under the supervision and mentorship of an experienced researcher. The unit adds a new dimension to the skills that you have acquired during your undergraduate years. Each student will identify a hypothesis in an area of contemporary chemistry and in collaboration with their supervisor design and undertake a research project to test the hypothesis. The results of the project will be communicated through written tasks and oral presentation culminating in an Honours thesis. Successful completion of the unit will demonstrate that you have mastered significant research and professional skills for a future career and may lead to the opportunity to proceed to a postgraduate degree.