Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Specialised topics in chemistry provides a series of specialised modules across a broad range of topics in chemistry. The flexible choice of modules enables students to tailor the subject to their interests and professional goals. Students undertake two core modules in inorganic chemistry and spectroscopy (physical chemistry), and also select two additional modules from a range of topics, including medicinal chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry, sensors and electrochemistry, surface chemistry, and polymer chemistry. The subject will enable students to develop an advanced perspective of theory and applications across the disciplines of chemistry.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEvan Robertson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CHE2FCA, CHE2FCB and one of (CHE2MOC, CHE2NAC)


Incompatible subjects CHE3ADB, CHE3MCD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInorganic chemistryPrescribedHousecroft, CH and Sharp AG 2012 or other editionPEARSON
ReadingsPhysical chemistryPrescribedAtkins, PW & de Paula, J, 2014 or other editionOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsOrganic chemistryRecommendedMcMurry, J., 2016 or other editionTHOMSON-BROOKS/COLE
ReadingsQuantitative chemical analysisPrescribedHarris, 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.

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.

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

Student calculations are undertaken as part of topic assignments.

03. Write coherent descriptions of chemical reactions and chemical characterizations with well supported interpretations using correctly referenced professional prose.

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.

04. Solve abstract, routine and complex real-world problems of chemical relevance by independently sourcing and analysing trustworthy 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.

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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

Lecture/Workshop Week: 31 - 43
Four 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 2 core topics and choose 2 additional topics from the 4 electives offered."

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2 x 2 hour Examinations (3000 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.60 01, 02, 04
Topic Assignments (1500 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.40 01, 02, 03, 04