CHEM4001 Advanced Studies in Chemistry

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)]
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 short lecture on an aspect of one of the topics through independent readings, in consultation with the academic staff member in charge of the topic, and submit an assignment related to this lecture. 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 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.
Students are able to (1) discuss 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.; (3) apply information acquired through literature review; and (4) evaluate considerations of experimental design and rigour..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation; (2) examination; and (3) assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Stephen Moggach
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Advisable prior study:
undergraduate major in Chemistry
Contact hours
workshops: 12 hours; presentation sessions: approx. 6 hours (depending on number of students); consultation with academic staff during presentation planning approx. 0.5 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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