UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

CHEM4001 Advanced Studies in Chemistry

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Chemistry [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content The topics covered in this unit build on those presented in undergraduate units, and reflect cutting-edge developments in chemistry, providing students with an understanding and knowledge of the discipline at an advanced level. Four topics, each with three lectures, are offered per year. The choice of topics delivered is dependent on staff availability—examples include nuclear magnetic resonance; electrochemistry; chemical biology; catalysis; molecular reaction dynamics; spectroscopy; computational chemistry; mass spectrometry; X-ray crystallography. Students develop and present a 20-minute lecture on an aspect of one of the topics through independent readings, in consultation with the academic staff member in charge of the topic. The lecture highlights the research that has led to our current understanding of the topic. The main academic objective is for students to gain an understanding and an appreciation of how the knowledge in a field of chemistry progresses. Students' abilities in database searching, data management, critical thinking, data analysis, and interpretation of results are extended. They also broaden their knowledge base and gain experience in presenting material unrelated to their research project.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) discuss and describe recent advances in the discipline of Chemistry; (2) develop the emergence of a scientific discipline in historical, technological and knowledge-based contexts, and present this information in the form of a lecture; and (3) search databases and manage the acquired information, think critically, analyse data and interpret results.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) quizzes; and (2) an oral presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Duncan Wild
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Advisable prior study: undergraduate major in Chemistry
Contact hours lectures: 12 hours; presentation sessions: approx. 6 hours (depending on number of students)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/CHEM4001/SEM-1/2017

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