CHEM 3560 - Molecular Structure Determination III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code CHEM 3560 Course Molecular Structure Determination III Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 12 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites CHEM 2510 and CHEM 2520 Corequisites CHEM 3111 or equivalent Incompatible CHEM 3530 and CHEM 3540 Course Description Chemical structure determination techniques underpin much of the work carried out in research, analytical, and industrial laboratories. This course provides the student with an in-depth understanding of the most significant molecular structure determination techniques, including X-ray crystallography, X-ray spectroscopy, electron and scanning probe microscopy (scanning and transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, scanning tunnelling microscopy, and Kelvin probe force microscopy), advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, advanced electronic and vibrational spectroscopy including Raman and circular dichroism spectroscopy, and biological structure determination by mass spectrometry. Hands-on practical experience with these techniques is emphasised, through extensive workshop and laboratory activities.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor David Huang
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Course Learning Outcomes
1. describe and explain the physical and chemical principles that underlie molecular structure determination techniques such as X-ray and spectroscopy, electron and scanning probe microscopy, NMR and EPR spectroscopy, electronic and vibrational spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry.
2. apply knowledge of molecular structure determination techniques to identify and/or characterise chemical compounds from experimental data.
3. devise solutions to chemical structure determination problems by integrating information from a variety of techniques.
4. assess the appropriateness of different structure determination techniques for solving particular structure determination problems.
5. critically analyse the application of molecular structure determination techniques in research journal articles and effectively communicate these findings in oral presentations.
6. 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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3-6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5, 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-4, 6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3, 5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course will be delivered by the following means:
· Lectures 24 x 2-hour sessions with 2 sessions per week
· Workshops 12 x 3-hour sessions with 1 session per week
· Practicals 6 x 6-hour sessions with 1 session per fortnight
· Presentations 2 x 5-hour sessions during the semester
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 6 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 24 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 Summary
Lectures will be used to convey the theoretical basis of the molecular structure determination techniques that will be explored in the workshops and practicals.
Workshops will be used to reinforce the concepts introduced in lectures through a combination of quantitative problem solving, a discussion of the operational principles, including the strengths and weaknesses of various structure determination methods, and consideration of appropriate possible solutions to chemical structure determination problems.
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.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceEach of the 12 weekly workshops will be led by an experienced academic and will involve the students working in small groups of 2−4 to solve molecular structure determination problems using primary data provided by the academic. The workshop activities will require students to engage actively with the course material to arrive at solutions to complex chemical structure problems in a process that mirrors the process of discovery in research.
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Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes
Yes or No
Outcomes being assessed / achieved Approximate Timing of Assessment Workshop/practical assignments Formative & Summative 48% Yes 1 –4, 6 Every two weeks Presentations Summative 10% No 5 Weeks 6 and 12 Examination Summative 42% Yes 1–4 End-of-semester examination period
Assessment Related Requirements
Assessment Item with hurdle Assessment Item with hurdle Is additional assessment available if student does not meet hurdle requirement? Yes or No Details of additional assessment, if available Workshop/practical assignments 50% No n/a Examination 45% Yes Additional exam during University R/AA period
Assessment DetailWorkshop/practical assignments (48%)
Students will complete 2 workshop sessions and 1 practical session for each of the 6 modules in the course. For each module, they will complete an assignment in which they discuss the results of experiments carried out in the practical session and data analysis undertaken in the workshop sessions, as well as answer specific questions related to the techniques used in the workshops and practical. Each assignment will be 8% of the course grade. Attendance at workshop and practical sessions is compulsory. Students must achieve a minimum overall mark of 60% for the workshop/practical component to pass the course.
Each student will give two 10-minute oral presentations (plus 3 minutes for questions) in which the student will be required to critically analyse the application of a molecular structure determination technique in a research journal article. The two presentations must be on two distinct techniques covered in the course.
The final examination will examine all components of the course. It will consist of multiple-choice, short-answer and long-answer questions. Students must achieve a minimum overall mark of 45% for the examination component to pass the course.
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.
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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
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