CHEM 4010A - Advanced Chemistry (Hons) Pt 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This modular course covers a range of advanced topics in Chemistry, the methods of presentation and assessment of which vary according to module. In combination with CHEM 4020, this will provide advanced knowledge and skills for proessional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM 4010A
    Course Advanced Chemistry (Hons) Pt 1
    Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Mixed mode - flexible and/or intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Incompatible CHEM 4000A/B
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program
    Course Description This modular course covers a range of advanced topics in Chemistry, the methods of presentation and assessment of which vary according to module. In combination with CHEM 4020, this will provide advanced knowledge and skills for proessional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Hugh Harris

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 demonstrate an advanced theoretical and technical knowledge of chemistry as a creative endeavour;
    2 demonstrate an understanding of the close relationship between scientific research and the development of new knowledge in a global context;
    3 demonstrate that current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further enquiry;
    4 apply the concepts and theories of a range of advanced topics in chemistry;
    5 analyse, interpret and critically evaluate research findings;
    6 present information, articulate arguments and conclusions, in a variety of modes, to audiences in their field of research;
    7 comply with regulatory frameworks (including OH&S) and practising professional ethics relevant to the chemistry field;
    8 develop an understanding of the requirements to undertake independent research in a chemistry field

    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4, 5, 6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 5, 6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 3, 6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 8
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6, 7, 8
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 7, 8
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes


    Lectures will be used to convey the theoretical basis of the material covered in each of the course modules offered in each year that will be explored in the workshops and practicals.

    Workshops will be used to reinforce the concepts introduced in lectures through a combination of; discussion of the fundamental principles involved, quantitative problem solving, and consideration of appropriate possible solutions to problems related to each module.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 9-unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average, 36 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and workshops – in total ca. 40-48 hours), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision, report/assignment preparation and exam preparation).
    Learning Activities Summary

    The impact of days gone by.
    The results of research carried out 30 or more years ago can have a dramatic impact on current research perspectives and also on what we, as practising chemists, often take for granted. Examples of this would include the identification of the genetic code, basic stereochemistry, labelling studies and structural techniques. We use one recent paper to discuss this idea during the lecture slot and each student then writes a paper on the topic based on a recent paper of their choice. (assessment – quiz (10%) and assignment (90%))

    Reactive Intermediates in Organic Synthesis.
    This module examines the structure and properties of highly reactive organic molecules, such as radicals and carbenes. The use of these reactive intermediates in organic synthesis will then be discussed, with several applications in the synthesis of medicinal and natural product target molecules. (assessment – 2 h exam only)

    Statistical mechanics and computer simulation of liquids.
    This module covers theoretical concepts and computer simulation methods for understanding the structure, dynamics, and thermodynamics of liquids and other fluids. Applications to drug binding and gas adsorption in porous materials will also be addressed. (assessment - 2 h exam + assignment (50/50))

    Understanding Polymers – Ubiquitous Materials.
    This module covers the basics of polymer structures, polymerisation techniques, polymer design for novel applications, and polymer characterisation techniques. The examination will consist of MCQ (30 %) and structure questions (70 %). (assessment – 2 h exam only)

    Molecular Modelling.
    Computational chemistry has become a ubiquitous aid in the toolkit of practicing chemists to predict molecular structure and a wide range of chemical properties. In this module students will learn the basic principles behind modern computational chemistry and develop the skills, through practical workshops, to run calculations related to their research project. (assessment – 2 h exam (60%) and 4 workshop reports (10% each))

    Advanced Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction.
    This module provides an extended introduction to the practical aspects and theory of structure solution by single crystal X-ray diffraction methods. This will include methods to solve single crystal X-ray data, refinement of structural models, basic disorder, and interpreting structural data. (3x small workshop assignments (total 50%) and final assignment (50%))
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students will be required to attend all Chemistry and special research seminars as defined by the Honours coordinator (1-2 hr/wk). Students are also required to attend a library resources training session as well as equipment specific training sessions where relevant to their research project as identified by their project supervisor (e.g. NMR training).
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes

    Yes or No
    Outcomes being assessed / achieved Approximate Timing of Assessment for both Semester 1 and 2
    Five distinct coursework modules Varied year-to-year (comprising mixtures of assignments and exam components within each module)
    20% per module
    (more courses may be offered with the option to be assessed in only five)
    No 1-6,8 Assessment tasks throughout the coursework period (end Jan- start April) with major assessment in final two weeks.
    Assessment Detail

    Workshop/practical assignments (40% – 60%)

    For each of the 5 modules offered in the course, students will complete up to 4 modules of workshops. For each module, students may be required to complete an assignment in which they discuss the results of data analysis undertaken in the workshop sessions, as well as answer specific questions related to the techniques used in the workshops. Each assignment will have low total assessment weighting as they are intended to provide individualised feedback on student understanding. Attendance at workshop sessions is compulsory.

    Examination (0% - 60%) *Depending on Module

    The final examination in each module (not all modules will necessarily contain an examination assessment component) will examine all components of the course. It may consist of multiple-choice, short-answer and long-answer questions.

    Late Submission

    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 the assignment 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 late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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