UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Offshore teaching periodSingaporeFace to face
Content This unit comprises introductory sections of analytical and physical chemistry essential for further study. Emphasis is placed on chemical examples relevant to biological, environmental and materials sciences. Techniques for separation science such as chromatography, gas–liquid chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography are covered as well as techniques for the determination of molecular structure such as mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and infrared and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. Energy transactions involved in chemical reactions and physical transformations are examined. The driving force for chemical change and the position of chemical equilibrium are discussed and the methodology for studying the rates of chemical reactions is introduced. Techniques of applying kinetic data to reaction mechanisms are introduced. Laboratory skills in the operation of instrumentation, the techniques of data analysis, the interpretation of experimental measurements and the evaluation of their reliability are developed. A knowledge of calculus is not required.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) recall and integrate key knowledge and concepts about mass spectrometry, vibrational spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, chromatography, energy transactions in chemical and physical transformations and the driving force for change (chemical thermodynamics), rates of chemical reactions, activation parameters, transition state theory, and methods of determining, interpreting and reporting the uncertainties in experimental measurement; and (2) acquire skills in structure determination based on spectral data, the use of chromatographic techniques and instrumentation for separation and purification, predicting the spontaneous direction of chemical and physical change, characterising the rates of chemical reactions and predicting the effect of changing conditions, and determination of uncertainties in experimental measurement.
Assessment This comprises an examination (50 per cent), laboratory work (30 per cent) and assignments and/or quizzes (20 per cent).

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Murray Baker
Unit rules
Prerequisites: CHEM1103 Biological Organic Chemistry and CHEM1104 Biological Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 6 hours per week for 6 weeks

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