Inorganic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry A

Subject 610-240 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 lectures (three per week for eight weeks), eight tutorials and 30 hours of practical work
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: One of chemistry 610-141, 610-121 or 610-051 plus one of 610-142, 610-122 or 610-052.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Credit cannot be gained for this subject and 610-241 or 610-245.
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Associate Professor C G Young
Subject Overview:

Upon completion of 610-240, students should have an understanding of the central role of inorganic and bio-inorganic chemistry in biological systems and emerging industry processes. This subject is developed via carefully chosen examples which include the role of nature's metal-scavanging ligands; the facilitation of life by the trace metals; organometallic chemistry; and the design of catalysts in industry and nature (enzymes).

Students should also have developed skills to synthesise simple inorganic molecules, an understanding of basic analytical and spectroscopic methods, and skills to interpret and record observed chemistry.

The subject covers the occurrence, uptake and transport of the essential trace elements; metal binding in complexes; iron nutrition in humans; transport of dioxygen by hemoglobin; the action of poisons; carbon monoxide and cyanide; organometallic chemistry; hydrogen, carbon monoxide and alkenes as ligands; activation of ligands for reaction and the design of catalysts; and structural and spectroscopic techniques.

The practical component of the subject will consist of a number of experiments involving the synthesis, chemistry and instrumental investigations of important inorganic and organometallic compounds.

Assessment: Ongoing assessment of practical work in the form of short reports due during the semester (30%); a 50-minute multiple-choice examination held during the semester (7%); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (63%). Satisfactory completion of both theory and practical work is necessary to pass the subject.
Prescribed Texts: Inorganic Chemistry (CE Housecroft and AG Sharpe), 2nd Ed. Prentice Hall, Harlow UK 2005
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.

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