Chemistry 4B

Subject CHEM90010 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

July, Parkville - 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: 30 hours comprising 4 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorials each week. Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Assoc Prof Craig Hutton


Telephone: 8344 2393
Subject Overview:

Students enrolling in this subject must choose two of the following 12-lecture modules:

Automatic Chemical Analysis
This course will outline advanced methods in the automation of chemical analysis based on the use of batch, robotic and flow analysers. There will be a particular emphasis on flow injection and sequential injection analysis, focussing on clinical, industrial and environmental applications.

Interfacial Chemistry and Sonochemistry
This module will study the production of nanometer-size colloids of metals, polymers and semiconductor particles using ultrasound, and how surface-active solutes affect the yield of the particles produced. The use of sonochemistry to decompose organic pollutants such as PCBs will also be discussed.

Advanced Physical Organic Chemistry
This module will explore the interrelationships between structure and reactivity in organic molecules. Topics such as substituent effects, linear free energy relationships and the Hammett equation will be applied to the determination of organic reaction mechanisms.

Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
This module will explore modern drug design principles, as well as the molecular basis of therapeutic activity and methods of synthesis of various drugs. Case studies will be used to highlight the discovery and development of important drug classes.

Advanced Materials and Materials Characterisation
This module will explore advanced materials such as porous materials, nanomaterials, and materials for clean energy. Common materials characterisation techniques, such as electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis and gas sorption, will be studied.

Objectives: The objectives of this subject are to provide students with an increased knowledge and understanding of advanced chemical principles, with emphasis on:

  • advanced analytical techniques;
  • inter-relationships between structure and reactivity in organic molecules;
  • sono-chemical principles; and
  • the chemistry of biological systems.
Such knowledge will facilitate insights into the structure and properties of matter and the nature of chemical and biochemical transformations.

Each module will be assessed by either;

  • a 1.5 hour exam after completion of the module, or
  • a 1.5 hour exam after completion of the module (80%) and an assignment (2000 words, 20%) due mid-semester, or
  • a 1.5 hour exam after completion of the module (80%) and a 15 minute oral presentation mid-semester (20%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the completion of this subject, students will gain skills in:

  • advanced problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • an ability to evaluate the professional literature
  • an understanding of the changing knowledge base
  • a capacity to apply concepts developed in one area to a different context
  • the ability to use conceptual models to rationalize experimental observations.
Related Course(s): Master of Science (Chemistry)
Master of Science (Environmental Science)

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