Credit points: 30

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Subject outline

Advanced Chemistry B is a core third year subject required for a chemistry major. Core topics address inorganic synthesis, physical chemistry (spectroscopy), and molecular design. Two other topics must also be selected, from areas such as heterocyclic chemistry, sensorsĀ and electrochemistry, surface chemistry, polymer chemistry and medicinal chemistry. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential by developing skills in teamwork and creative problem solving via a laboratory based research project. Learning activities within the subject include lectures, tutorials, computer-based workshops and laboratory classes.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorEvan Robertson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CHE2FCA and CHE2FCB and one of (CHE2MOC or CHE2NAC) OR Admission into SMCHS or SBSSI


Incompatible subjects CHE3MCD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInorganic chemistryPrescribedHousecroft, CH and Sharp AG 2012 or other editionPEARSON
ReadingsOrganic chemistry,RecommendedMcMurry, J., 2016 or other editionTHOMSON-BROOKS/COLE
ReadingsPhysical chemistry,PrescribedAtkins, PW & de Paula, J, 2014 or other editionOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsQuantitative chemical analysis.PrescribedHarris, DC, 2015 or other editionFREEMAN
ReadingsIntermolecular and surface forcesPrescribedJacob Israelachvili, 2010Academic Press
ReadingsIntroduction to Medicinal ChemistryRecommendedPatrick, G., 2013 or other editionOxford University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate thorough understanding of "Key Principles of Chemistry" as defined by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and employ experimental methods of investigation of the defined principles.

During lectures students will answer short questions individually or as part of small groups, reinforcing lecture material. In tutorials and in their own time students will apply these concepts to solve a variety of problems, some of which are assessed via quizzes or assignments and others which are provided as optional problem sets for exam preparation.
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Discipline-specific GCs

02. Apply professional integrity and safe laboratory practices when designing and performing experiments, colecting data and reporting results, in order to satisfy the professional accreditation requirements of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Working individually or in small groups students will aquire practical skills required for the manipulation of chemicals for chemical synthesis and learn how to use modern instrumentation to perform chemical analyses. Student laboratory reports and assignments are compared to ensure authenticity and mark allocation or penalty applied.
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Ethical Awareness

03. Apply relevant mathematical, graphical and computational methods to acquire, manipulate, interpret and evaluate chemical data and summarise results using appropriate significant figures and units.

Student calculations are submitted in subject assignments, laboratory reports and exams and are assessed for accuracy of result and logical structure. The evaluation and reporting of errors and uncertainties is particularly dealt with in the laboratory assessment. The molecular design topic also involves an extensive set of computer-based tutorials in the place of lectures.
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Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy

04. Write coherent descriptions of chemical principles and report experimental results with well supported interpretations using correctly referenced professional prose.

Laboratory reports: students submit laboratory reports throughout the semester that are marked against a rubric for professional presentation. Reports returned in a timely manner and annotated with helpful comments to aid improvement. Topic assignments: students submit topic assignments throughout the semester that are marked against a rubric for professional prose and accurate description of information including references where appropriate. Assignments returned and annotated with helpful comments to aid improvement.
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05. Solve abstract, routine and real-world problems of chemical relevance by sourcing, collating and summarising legitimate scientific information.

In tutorial problem classes and assignments students must apply chemical concepts to solve a variety of problems and draw from appropriate chemical data sources to do so. An extended lab-based project will be introduced that involves group work, and has aspects of experiment planning, task allocation, research and reporting.
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Inquiry/ Research
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Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking

06. Orally present chemistry matters, supported by legitimate evidence and appropriately defended to peers or professionals.

Students will be expected to orally explain their answers and participate in tutorial discussions on a regular basis. In the laboratory, students present one of their experiments as a poster, including a short oral introduction.
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07. Research, design, and implement laboratory based strategies to tackle complex scenarios as part of a team.

Bachelor degree students undertake an extended lab-based capstone project as part of a team. This incorporates review of the relevant literature, design of experiments, task allocation, completion of a project plan, peer evaluation, undertaking a series of experiments as part of the multi-faceted project, and communicating the results via written reports and a poster presentation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Discipline-specific GCs

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEvan Robertson

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 32 - 43
One 5.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Weekly 5hr class. Includes 8 wet lab sessions and 3 workshops."

Lecture/Workshop Week: 31 - 43
Five 1.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"All students attend 3 core topics and choose 2 additional topics from the electives offered."

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"1 tutorial about lab is required, the other tutorial is for molecular design lecture topic."

Computer Laboratory Week: 31 - 31
One 5.0 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 31 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Workshop on research skills, in first week of laboratory program. Needs to be scheduled at the same time as the lab class."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assignments (2500 word equiv)Assignments are completed during semester. They are associated with the lecture topics and designed to help students master concepts and solve chemistry problems, including computer-lab based tutorials that focus on visualisation & computational chemistry.30 01, 03, 04, 05
2 x 2 hour Examinations (4000 word equiv)A 2 hour paper on core topics, and 2 hour paper on elective topics. A hurdle requirement of 50% applies to the exam component.40 01, 03, 04, 05
Laboratory work and reports (2500 word equiv)Develops and assess competency in practical skills, and in data handling and reporting. This will usually involve a Capstone laboratory-based project. Hurdle for accreditation with RACI. Students must complete a minimum 75% of lab assessment, and must obtain a score of at least 50% for the laboratory component of the subject.30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07