CHEM 3630 - Physical Chemistry III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code CHEM 3630 Course Physical Chemistry III Coordinating Unit Chemistry Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact up to 9 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites CHEM 2550 & MATH 1011 or equivalent; high-achieving students without pre-requisites may be granted exemption on application to Head of Chemistry Incompatible CHEM 3111 Course Description Physical chemistry underpins many of the greatest challenges facing society today, from climate change to energy security to accessible clean water. This course provides the student with an in-depth understanding of the basic principles of physical chemistry, including statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, chemical kinetics and spectroscopy, which govern the energy-conversion processes, light-matter interactions, and physicochemical transformations that are central to tackling these challenges. The course also introduces the student to state-of-the-art numerical methods to solve physical chemistry problems, furnishing transferable computational skills in the "big data" era. Hands-on practical experience of experimental techniques for physical analysis and spectroscopic characterisation is provided through extensive laboratories activities.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor David Huang
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 describe and explain fundamental concepts of physical chemistry, including those of statistical mechanics, chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics, and spectroscopy. 2 apply simple physical models to predict properties of chemical systems. 3 apply numerical or computational methods to calculate physical properties of chemical systems and assess the appropriateness of different computational techniques and numerical approximations for solving particular physical chemistry problems. 4 demonstrate proficiency in undertaking individual and/or team-based laboratory investigations using appropriate apparatus and safe laboratory practices, including the collection, analysis, interpretation and communication of results of an experiment. 5 design and plan an investigation by selecting and applying appropriate practical, theoretical, and/or computational techniques or tools.
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.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesThere is no prescribed text for this course. All required course material will be provided by the course instructor(s).
- Engel and Reid, Physical Chemistry (Pearson)
- Atkins, Physical Chemistry (Oxford University Press)
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course consists of the components below:
- Lectures/Tutorials: 12 x 4 hours per week (timetabled as "Workshops")
- Practicals: 6 x 5.5-hour sessions with one session per week
- Workshop: 3 x 4-hour sessions run during a Practical timeslot
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 SummaryCoursework
Course material will cover the following topics:
- Electronic and Nuclear Spectroscopy
- Statistical Mechanics and Kinetics
- Advanced Quantum Mechanics
The computational workshop will provide students with “hands on” experience of numerical and computational methods for calculating and predicting the physical properties of chemical systems. The computational exercises in the workshop will be closely aligned with the theoretical concepts covered in the lectures.
Practical exercises will provide students with "hands on" experience of experimental techniques for physical analysis and spectroscopic characterisation of chemical samples and quantitative measurement of physicochemical transformations. Training and direction on communicating the results of these investigations in various formats will be provided.
Tutorial sessions will be held weekly and will provide the student with the opportunity to discuss material from the lecture course. Formative tutorial questions will be used to reinforce the concepts introduced in lectures through a combination of qualitative and quantitative problem solving.
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 or failing to submit a reasonable attempt at any practical report 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.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle
Learning Outcome Due Summative Assignments Formative & Summative 10% No 1,2 Weeks 5.9.13 Workshop Assignment Formative & Summative 10% No 2.3.5 Week 12 Practical Reports Formative & Summative 30% No 1,2,4
Examination Summative 50% Yes
1,2,3 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
Assessment DetailSummative Assignments
Students will complete an assignment on each of the three lecture topics (worth 3.33% each). Each assignment will consist of multiple-choice and/or short-answer questions.
Students will undertake the computational workshop during four weeks of normal laboratory sessions. During the workshop, they will complete an assignment worth 10% of the assessment in which they will present calculation results and answer short-answer questions addressing the application of computational methods to problems in physical chemistry.
Students will complete 3 experiment reports and 3 in-lab assessments. Students will be provided with sample reports or rubrics assessment criteria, and guidelines on report structure and approximate length. Each major report is worth 8% of the assessment and each in-lab assessment is worth 2% of the assessment. Students will complete 3 experiments, with each experiment taking 2 lab sessions (1 experiment approximately every 3 weeks). The in-lab assessment will assess risk assessment, laboratory skills, and recording and analysis of experimental results. An experimental report will be submitted on completion of each experiment.
The final 3-hour examination will examine all components of the course. It may consist of any combination of multiple choice, short-answer and/or long-answer 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.
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