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Chemistry I, which comprises two semester credits (CHE101 and CHE102), covers fundamental aspects of general, analytical, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry and provides students with a basic knowledge of chemical principles for application in other disciplines or as a foundation for a chemistry major.
The Second and Third Year curricula (each comprising two semester credits; see boxes) reflect an innovative approach, emphasising the interdisciplinary nature and relevance of chemistry in modern society without sacrificing academic rigour. Chemistry is an experimental science, and all undergraduate students have a practical each week.
Second Year Curriculum
CHE201: first semester
Modern Analytical Methods
Principles; Spectroscopic methods: UV, IR,
1H - and 13C - NMR, MS , Atomic absorption/emission; Electroanalytical techniques; Chromatography
Entrepreneurial Chemistry Project
Chemical Thermodynamics including environmental aspects
2019 Chemistry 1 Course Handout
CHE202: second semester
Strategic Organic Resources
Fossil fuels and organic chemicals
Feedstocks and reactions: alkenes and alkynes;
Cycloalkanes: stereochemistry and synthesis;
Aromatics: mechanisms; orientation effects;heterocycles.
Polymer Chemistry: Natural polymers: rubber,
carbohydrates; Synthetic polymers;Physical properties.
Chemical kinetics of complex reactions including polymerization
Inorganic Chemistry: Periodic trends
Third Year Curriculum
CHE301: first semester
Chemistry at the Biological Interface
Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Modelling
Photochemistry and Photodynamic Therapy
CHE302: second semester
Physical Chemistry and Strategic Inorganic
Linear Free Energy
Transition Metal Chemistry
- Postgraduate Orientation Booklet 2014- 2018
- Lab Safety Manual for the Current Year
- Departmental Presentation Template
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