Major Overview

Description

Chemistry is one of the central disciplines studied by scientists as it covers essential understanding for virtually all areas of modern science. Chemistry is the science of molecular scale, encompassing the preparation and investigation of molecules and materials to the exploration of their properties. Do you want to contribute to the major advances being made in pharmaceuticals, catalysis, new materials and industrial manufacturing? Studying Synthetic Chemistry provides both a foundation in and detailed understanding of fields including chemical reactions and processes, catalysis, green chemistry, chemical engineering, natural products, food science, cosmetic and fragrance industries, materials science, nanotechnology, biochemistry, pharmacology and molecular biology. In Synthetic Chemistry, Major students will develop an understanding of complex reactions, the mechanisms of reactions and the physical and chemical manipulations that can be used to make reactions occur. A major in Synthetic Chemistry will complement majors in other disciplines such as biochemistry and molecular biology, pharmacology and engineering.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) analyse chemical data, develop and test hypotheses, interpret experimental results and present outcomes in oral and written formats; (2) write coherent reports and prepare and deliver coherent presentations, using appropriate software as required
; (3) use the literature to perform experiments and understand current practices in chemistry; (4) solve basic chemical problems (calculations of yields, dilutions, stoichiometry in chemical reactions); (5) critically review the principles of chemical safety
; (6) explain the properties of common classes of chemicals and materials; (7) explain reaction mechanisms, the synthesis and reactivity of inorganic compounds, coordination complexes, small organic molecules, primary and secondary metabolism, natural products and metals in biology, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics and spectroscopy; and (8) apply relevant employability skills for chemistry.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Prerequisites

Chemistry ATAR or equivalent and Mathematics Methods or equivalent or higher

Incompatibilities

MJD-CHMPH Chemistry - Physical and Analytical (ID 4853) and MJD-CHEMD Chemistry Double Major (ID 4840) and MJD-CHEMS Chemistry (ID 1466)

Courses

Chemistry - Synthetic can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Unit(s) CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry (ID 1063)
or
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
ATAR Subject(s) WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2 CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Unit(s) CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry (ID 1063)
or
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
ATAR Subject(s) WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Mathematics Applications
or
ATAR Subject(s) WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Enrolment in
Or
Successful completion of Unit(s) MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Incompatibility:
Nil
Bridging units
Bridging units must be successfully completed within the first 48 points of study. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Methods ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete MATH1721. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Applications ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete MATH1720 and MATH1721. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Chemistry ATAR or equivalent or higher are required to complete CHEM1003.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or
equivalent
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50]
or
with permission
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Mathematics Applications ATAR [with a scaled score of 50
or
greater]
or
Equivalent
or
higher
S1, S2 MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals )
or
( Mathematics Methods ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50]
or
equivalent )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and STAT1520 Economics and Business Statistics

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of two Unit(s) CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics and Unit(s) CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
S1 CHEM2003 Chemical Synthesis
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
or
Enrolment in Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 CHEM2005 The Molecules of Life
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of Unit(s) CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics (ID 1188) and Unit(s) CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity (ID 1191) and Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) CHEM3008 The Molecules of Life (ID 6085) and CHEM2221 Biological and Medicinal Chemistry (ID 6331)

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
or
Unit(s) CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 CHEM3002 Chemical Explorations
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 CHEM3003 Advanced Chemical Synthesis
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) CHEM2003 Chemical Synthesis
or
Unit(s) CHEM2211 Synthetic and Materials Chemistry and Successful completion of one Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
or
Unit(s) CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of
or
Enrolment in Unit(s) CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 CHEM3004 Modern Methods in Organic Chemistry
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) CHEM2003 Chemical Synthesis
or
Unit(s) CHEM2211 Synthetic and Materials Chemistry and Successful completion of one Unit(s) CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
or
Unit(s) CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Enrolment in Unit(s) CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
Incompatibility:
Nil