Credit points: 30

Subject outline

CHE3ADB is a core 3rd year subject required for a chemistry major, along with CHE3ADA. Learning activities within the subject include lectures, tutorials, computer-based workshops and laboratory classes. Core topics address inorganic synthesis, physical chemistry (spectroscopy), and molecular design. Two optional topics must also be selected, from areas such as heterocyclic chemistry, sensors & electrochemistry, surface chemistry and medicinal chemistry.

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 (CHE2ENC, CHE2MAC, CHE2MOC, CHE2NAC) OR Admission into SMCHS


Incompatible subjects CHE3MCD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Full details of each topic are available on the departmental web page at Topics may vary from year to year.


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInorganic chemistryPrescribedHousecroft, CH and Sharp AG 20124th EDN, PEARSON
ReadingsOrganic chemistry,PrescribedMcMurry, J., 20128TH EDN, THOMSON-BROOKS/COLE, 2011.
ReadingsPhysical chemistry,PrescribedAtkins, PW de Paula, J, 20109TH EDN, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsQuantitative chemical analysis.PrescribedHarris, DC, 20108TH EDN, FREEMAN

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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEvan Robertson

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 5.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Four 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"1 of the "lecture" slots will be in computer lab. Note that 7 lecture slots and 1 tutorial slot per week is required in the timetable due to the subject structure!!!"

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.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
AssignmentsCompleted during semester which are designed to help students master concepts and solve chemistry problems, includes computer-lab based tutorials that focus on visualisation & computational chemistry.30 01, 03, 04, 05
ExaminationsA 2 hour paper on core topics, and 2 hour paper on optional topics. A hurdle requirement of 50% applies to the exam component.40 01, 03, 04, 05
LaboratoryDevelops and assess competency in practical skills, and in data handling and reporting. A hurdle requirement of 50% applies to the lab component.30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06