CHEM 3555 - Topics in Chemistry IIIB
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code CHEM 3555 Course Topics in Chemistry IIIB Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites CHEM 2545, CHEM 2550 Course Description This course covers a range of specialised topics in chemistry, the methods of presentation and assessment of which vary according to the components selected (coursework or practical).
Students enrolled in this course select topics in existing chemistry courses offered in the same semester and at the same year level as this course.
Topics should be selected in consultation with the Chemistry Level 3 Coordinator and Head of Discipline.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor David Huang
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, depending on the topics selected, students should be able to:
1 extend knowledge and understanding of a variety of chemical concepts in a range of contexts; 2 develop solutions to a variety of chemical problems; 3 critically analyse and evaluate quantitative & qualitative chemical information; 4 obtain and evaluate information from a variety of sources; 5 communicate effectively in a variety of forms; 6 use terminology appropriate to the field of study correctly and contextually; 7 undertake laboratory investigations using appropriate apparatus; make observations and draw appropriate conclusions; 8 conduct, analyse and interpret results of an experiment, and effectively communicate these in written reports.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-3,7 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2-4,8 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
5,7,8 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
5,8 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThere is no prescribed text for this course. All required course material will be provided by the course instructor(s).
- Steed and Atwood, Supramolecular Chemistry (Wiley)
- Engel and Reid, Physical Chemistry (Pearson)
- Atkins, Physical Chemistry (Oxford University Press)
- Jones, Soft Condensed Matter (Oxford University Press)
- Hamley, Introduction to Soft Matter (Wiley)
- Witten and Pincus, Structured Fluids: Polymers, Colloids, Surfactants (Oxford University Press)
- Clayden, Greeves, and Warren, Organic Chemistry (Oxford University Press)
- Silverstein, Webster, Kiemle, and Bryce, Spectroscopic Identification of Organic Compounds (Wiley)
- Weller, Overton, Rourke and Armstrong, Inorganic Chemistry (Oxford University Press)
- Housecroft and Sharpe, Inorganic Chemistry (Pearson)
- Kaim, Schwederski and Klein, Bioinorganic Chemistry - Inorganic Elements in the Chemistry of Life (Wiley)
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Students attend timetabled classes of topics chosen as part of the course, as agreed with the Level 3 Chemistry Coordinator and Head of Discipline.
Format 1 - Experiments
Practical exercises will provide students with "hands on" experience in the quantitative use of various analytical methods. In addition, students will be involved in the analysis of "real world" chemical samples.
Format 2 – Laboratory placementAll practical work will be conducted by lab placement in Research labs of the Chemistry academics. The placement will be conducted during the semester during the practicals.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryThe course content includes a selection of the following topics:
- Metallo-supramolecular Chemistry Synthesis
- Solid-State Chemistry
- Polymer Chemistry
- Nanostructural Materials
- Sub-Nano Assemblies
- Soft Materials
- Carbonyl Chemistry
- Asymmetric Stereoselective Synthesis
- Metals in Synthesis
- Bioorganic Chemistry
- Bioinorganic Chemistry
- Medicinal Chemistry
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance is compulsory at all scheduled chemistry practical sessions. The learning outcomes for this course are substantially dependent on laboratory experience and practice. Therefore, missing any practical class in a semester will result in a grade of FAIL being recorded for the course. Students with medical or compassionate reasons for non-attendance will be given an opportunity to make up missed practical sessions.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle (Yes/No) Outcomes being assessed Approx timing of assessment Summative Assignments Formative & Summative 10% No 5,9.13 Weeks 5,9,13 Practical Formative & Summative 30% No 1-8 Bi-weekly, major reports due every 3 weeks Examination Summative 60% Yes (45%) 1-6 Exam period
Assessment Related Requirements
Assessment Item % needed to meet course requirement Additional Assessment Examination 45% Yes - RAA Exam;
a grade of at least 45% must obtained
Practical work is compulsory Satisfactory completion of all practicals, including attendance of ALL practical sessions and reasonable attempt at ALL practical reports Missed practicals can be made up
Practical reports (30% of total course grade)This will come from assessment of experiment reports (major reports and minor reports submitted in the lab session). In general, each experiment will be assessed on laboratory results (yield, appearance of product, melting point, graphs, quality of data etc.) as well as the laboratory note books and report.
Summative Assignments (10% of total course grade)
Students will complete assignments on the course material. Each assignment will consist of a series of short-answer and/or multiple-choice questions.
Examination (60% of total course grade)
The end-of-semester examination will be based primarily on lecture/tutorial material and will consist of a series of short-answer
and/or multiple-choice questions.
SubmissionSubmission of Assigned Work
Coversheets must be completed and attached to all submitted work. Coversheets can be obtained from the School Office (room G33 Physics) or from MyUNI. Work should be submitted via the assignment drop box at the School Office or via MyUni as instructed.
Extensions for Assessment Tasks
Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Coordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time. The assessment extension application form can be obtained from: https://sciences.adelaide.edu.au/study/student-support/forms-and-policies#academic-forms
Late Submission of Assessments
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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