units

CHM2911

Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

print version

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

To find units available for enrolment in the current year, you must make sure you use the indexes and browse unit tool in the current edition of the Handbook.

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Chemistry
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kellie Tuck (Clayton); Associate Professor Lim Yau Yan (Sunway)

Synopsis

Basic principles and key aspects of molecular design, synthesis, structure and reactivity of carbon based molecules, organo-transition metal chemistry and metal complexes with examples taken from important biological, industrial and environmental processes. It will cover aspects of reactive intermediates; carbocations; molecular rearrangements; nucleophilic substitution; elimination reactions; free radicals; aromatic and heterocyclic chemistry; pericyclic reactions; carbonyl compounds; geometry, properties and bonding in transition metal complexes; metal coordination environments in metalloproteins; metal ions in metalloproteins; metal complexation in aquatic systems.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the tools used by chemists to design, prepare and study novel carbon based molecules and metal complexes;

  1. Apply the general principles of transition metal chemistry to industrial and environmental processes;

  1. Formulate the syntheses of a number of compounds using organic or inorganic chemistry processes;

  1. Appreciate and utilise a number of organic and inorganic reactions, including processes involving metal ions;

  1. Use common synthetic procedures and modern analytical and spectroscopic methods for the synthesis and analysis of chemical compounds;

  1. Demonstrate safe laboratory practices and apply OHSE principles;

  1. Communicate their chemistry in oral and written form and analyse how the material taught links to the social and environmental responsibility of chemists in the global community.

Assessment

Examination (3 hours): 70%
Practical work: 30%
Students must achieve a pass mark in their laboratory work to achieve an overall pass grade.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and the equivalent of 3 hours laboratory activity per week

Prerequisites

CHM1011 or CHM1051, plus CHM1022 or CHM1052. Students without these should consult the second year coordinator.