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MOLS7051 – Research Topic: Advanced Physical and Analytical Chemistry

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Ian Jamie
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10
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Unit description Unit description

This unit will build on fundamental concepts in physical and analytical chemistry to explore themes emerging in the field of chemistry and its global impacts. It will connect the underpinning physical chemistry topics (e.g., spectroscopy, quantum chemistry, kinetics) to the application methods employed by analytical chemistry. Topics to be covered will be determined by negotiation between staff and students. Exemplars of current applications of physical and analytical chemistry include the global impacts of, for instance, greenhouse gas detection and quantification, distribution of persistent organic pollutants, and the determination of the structures of novel nanomaterials.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: discuss, in a coherent manner, aspects of principles and concepts of current research areas of physical and analytical chemistry.
  • ULO2: illustrate, in written and oral presentations, methodologies used in current advanced research in physical and analytical chemistry and their applications and limitations
  • ULO3: critically analyse concepts in the primary literature relevant to current advances in physical and analytical chemistry.
  • ULO4: convey to an audience the role of physical and analytical chemistry in addressing current research topics in the chemistry and related disciplines.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Problem sets 40% No Week 4, Week 8, Week 11
Oral presentations 30% No Week 6 and Week 12
Literature Review 30% No Week 13

Problem sets

Assessment Type 1: Quantitative analysis task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 54 hours
Due: Week 4, Week 8, Week 11
Weighting: 40%

Workshops and assigned question sets which involve providing short answers and calculations, relating to the topics being covered.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • discuss, in a coherent manner, aspects of principles and concepts of current research areas of physical and analytical chemistry.
  • illustrate, in written and oral presentations, methodologies used in current advanced research in physical and analytical chemistry and their applications and limitations
  • critically analyse concepts in the primary literature relevant to current advances in physical and analytical chemistry.
  • convey to an audience the role of physical and analytical chemistry in addressing current research topics in the chemistry and related disciplines.

Oral presentations

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Week 6 and Week 12
Weighting: 30%

Two presentations on topics from the primary literature.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • discuss, in a coherent manner, aspects of principles and concepts of current research areas of physical and analytical chemistry.
  • illustrate, in written and oral presentations, methodologies used in current advanced research in physical and analytical chemistry and their applications and limitations
  • critically analyse concepts in the primary literature relevant to current advances in physical and analytical chemistry.
  • convey to an audience the role of physical and analytical chemistry in addressing current research topics in the chemistry and related disciplines.

Literature Review

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 30%

A literature review on a chosen topic in physical or analytical chemistry.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • discuss, in a coherent manner, aspects of principles and concepts of current research areas of physical and analytical chemistry.
  • illustrate, in written and oral presentations, methodologies used in current advanced research in physical and analytical chemistry and their applications and limitations
  • critically analyse concepts in the primary literature relevant to current advances in physical and analytical chemistry.
  • convey to an audience the role of physical and analytical chemistry in addressing current research topics in the chemistry and related disciplines.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Lectures/tutorials will be of 2 hour duration, held weekly. Lectures/tutorials will be presented as a combination of formal lectures and interactive discussion sessions.  Students in this unit are expected to demonstrate a high level of self-directed learning. This means reading the required materials (and beyond), searching in primary literature, working through problems outside of lectures. Working through the material with your peers is encouraged. In the tutorials the students will present their seminars on assigned topics and all students will be expected to participate in discussions.

There is no recommended text for this unit. The main source of materials will be from the primary literature (i.e. journal articles, reviews, and sections of research books). Examples of starting points are the journals "Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry" and "Annual Review of Physical Chemistry",

Students are expected to check the iLearn pages regularly for announcements, relevant links downloadable course material, and other supporting information.  The staff will be available for consultations in person. 

Unit Schedule

The topics and schedule will be determined through discussion with the class.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

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