Intermediate chemistry

Currently enrolled Intermediate Chemistry students should visit the School's e-learning site through MyUni for information concerning their units of study.

The School of Chemistry offers a wide choice of 6 credit point Intermediate units of study to cater for the differing needs of students. Intermediate Chemistry is a fully-semesterised program, and you may begin studying it in either semester, and can take one or two semesters and up to two units per semester from a selection of options.

The following 6 credit point units are available in 2014. Click on the unit name to view the unit syllabus.

Units Semester Degree Program Prerequisites
CHEM 2401 Molecular
Reactivity & Spectroscopy
1
BSc core unit, BSc (Molecular Biology and Genetics) elective CHEM (1101 or 1901 or 1903) and CHEM (1102 or 1902 or 1904); 6 credit points of Junior Maths
CHEM 2911 Molecular
Reactivity & Spectroscopy
Advanced
1
BSc core unit at advanced level, BSc (Molecular Biology and Genetics) elective Cr average or better in CHEM (1101 or 1901 or 1903) and CHEM (1102 or 1902 or 1904); 6 credit points of Junior Maths
CHEM 2915 Molecular
Reactivity & Spectroscopy
SSP
1
BSc core unit at special studies program level, BSc (Molecular Biology and Genetics) elective. Entry by invitation only By invitation. High WAM and a Distinction average in CHEM (1101 or 1901 or 1903) and CHEM (1102 or 1902 or 1904); 6 credit points of Junior Maths
CHEM 2404 Forensic &
Environmental Chemistry
1
BSc elective; Chemical Engineering core 12 credit points of Junior Chemistry; 6 credit points of Junior Maths
CHEM 2402 Chemical
Structure & Stability
2
BSc core unit; BSc (Molecular Biology and Genetics) elective CHEM (1102 or 1902 or 1904); 6 credit points of Junior Maths
CHEM 2912 Chemical
Structure & Stability
Advanced
2
BSc core unit at advanced level; BSc (Molecular Biology and Genetics) elective Cr average or better in CHEM (1101 or 1901 or 1903) and CHEM (1102 or 1902 or 1904); 6 credit points of Junior Maths
CHEM 2916 Chemical
Structure & Stability
SSP
2
BSc core unit at special studies program level, BSc (Molecular Biology and Genetics) elective

Entry by invitation only

By invitation. High WAM and a Distinction average in CHEM (1101 or 1901 or 1903) and CHEM (1102 or 1902 or 1904); 6 credit points of Junior Maths
CHEM 2403 Chemistry
of Biological Molecules
2
BSc elective; Chemical Engineering/ BSc (Molecular Biology and Genetics) core 12 credit points of Junior Chemistry; 6 credit points of Junior Maths

Core units

Molecular Reactivity & Spectroscopy and Chemical Structure & Stability provide the mainstream chemistry essential for students planning to major in chemistry and other chemical-related sciences. These units are offered at the normal (CHEM 2401/2402), Advanced (CHEM 2911/2912) or Special Studies (CHEM 2915/2916) levels. The units comprise three one-hour lectures a week; a compulsory one-hour tutorial every second week and eight four-hour practical sessions. In addition, students in the Special Studies units attend 12 one-hour special seminars.

Advanced program

CHEM2911 and 2912 comprise the lectures for CHEM2401 and CHEM2402 together with a special Advanced practical program.

Special studies program

CHEM2915 and CHEM2916 are designed for the outstanding Chemistry student and entry is by invitation only. The lectures comprise those for CHEM2401 and CHEM2402 together with the special Advanced practical program. In addition, SSP students attend a one-hour seminar each week for 12 weeks. For more information on the program please visit here.

Elective units

student working in laboratory

The elective units comprise 3 one-hour lectures per week, a compulsory one-hour tutorial every second week and five 4-hour practical sessions.

CHEM2404 Forensic and Environmental Chemistry can be taken as an elective for BSc students (with Molecular Reactivity & Spectroscopy) in Semester One. It is a compulsory unit for Chemical Engineering students. In this unit, students learn analytical techniques and chemical problem solving in the context of forensic and environmental chemistry.

CHEM2403 Chemistry of Biological Molecules is a Semester Two unit available as an elective for BSc students (in addition to Chemical Structure & Stability) or as a compulsory unit for Chemical Engineering or MBG students. This unit aims to give students an understanding of the chemistry underlying biological systems, and is highly recommended to students who wish to combine chemistry with biological science subjects or for students with an interest in the life sciences.

Tutorial

Your personal timetable will contain a tutorial timeslot for your unit of study. Attendance is compulsory for all but the Special Studies students (although they are welcome to attend).

Practical work

The Molecular Reactivity & Spectroscopy and the Chemistry Structure & Stability units all comprise 8 x 4-hour practical sessions held during semester. The Forensic & Environmental Chemistry and the Chemistry of Biological Molecules units comprise 5 x 4-hour practical sessions during semester.

In the laboratory, you will learn techniques of preparative and analytical chemistry, as well as carrying out experiments designed to illustrate fundamental chemical concepts of spectroscopy, thermodynamics and kinetics.

Recommended reading

The following texts are recommended reading for all Chemistry Intermediate units of study:

  • Organic Chemistry, Clayden, Greeves, Warren and Wothers (OUP, 2001)
  • Inorganic Chemistry, Shriver and Atkins (Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • Physical Chemistry, J. Engel and P. Reid (Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco, 2006)

The following is an alternative physical chemistry text for students who are interested in biological aspects of chemistry, and particularly those taking CHEM2403 The Chemistry of Biological Molecules, for which this text is Recommended Reading:

  • Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences, T. Engel, G. Drobny and P. Reid (Pearson International Edition, Pearson, 2008)

The following text is recommended reading for CHEM2404:

  • Environmental Chemistry. Baird, C and Cann, M, (W.H. Freeman and Company, N.Y., 2005)

Assessment in intermediate chemistry

In order to pass, students must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. Obtain 50 or better for the Theory component;
  2. Obtain 50 or better for the Practical work; and
  3. Obtain a mark of 50 or better for the overall combined Theory-Practical mark.

For students who satisfy criteria 1 and 2, the assessment for each Intermediate Chemistry unit comprises both Theory (75% of the final mark) and Practical (25% of the final mark).

Theory assessment for all Intermediate Chemistry units of study (other than CHEM 2915 and 2916) is by 10% continuous assessment (online quizzes) and 90% end of semester examination. For CHEM 2915 and CHEM 2916, theory assessment is by 20% SSP assignments based on the seminars, 5% continuous assessment and 75% end of semester examination.

University approved calculators may be used in the examinations.

Practical work for all Intermediate Chemistry units is continuously assessed by laboratory reports.

Full assessment details can be found on the Second Year Chemistry WebCT websites available via MyUni.

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