CHEM 4081 - Advanced Chemistry (Hons) B

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

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

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM 4081
    Course Advanced Chemistry (Hons) B
    Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Mixed mode - flexible and/or intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Incompatible CHEM 4050A, CHEM 4050B
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program
    Assessment Assignments and examinations
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Greg Metha

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1 demonstrate an advanced theoretical and technical knowledge of chemistry
    as a creative endeavour;
    2 analyse, interpret and critically evaluate scientific information
    3 present information, articulate arguments and conclusions, in a variety
    of modes, to audiences in their field of research
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

  • 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.

    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 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 workshops), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision, preparation for exam).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Choice of 2 x modules as listed below, or a 3 unit Level 4 or 7 course that must be approved by your Supervisor. Further details on MyUni:

    1. Pericyclic Reactions
    2. Statistical Mechanics and Computer Simulation of Liquids
    3. Understanding and Interpreting the Chemical Literature: An historical perspective
    4. Molecular Modelling: A hands-on approach to using computing to understand chemical phenomena and solve chemical problems
    5. Chirality in Supramolecular Chemistry

    All choices must be made in consultation with your Supervisor.
  • 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 Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Two distinct
    coursework modules
    Varied year-to-year
    (comprising mixtures of assignments and exam components within each module)

    Assessment tasks
    throughout the coursework period with major assessment in final two weeks.

    50% per module 1, 2, 3
    Assessment Detail
    Varied year-to-year(comprising mixtures of assignments and exam components within each module)
    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:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    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

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    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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