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  • Objectives
    The objectives of this course are to:

    * develop the process and practice of chemical research;
    * increase the student's knowledge and understanding of chemical science;
    * encourage the development of individual investigative skills, critical thought and the ability to evaluate information and to analyse experimental data.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Science - Chemistry
  • Course description
    Core discipline subject (12.5 points)

    Students must take:

    • 610-681 Advanced Spectroscopy

    Elective discipline subjects
    (all subjects are 12.5 points, total points: 37.5–50)

    Students must take:

    • Two to four of the core Chemistry subjects: 610-682 Chemistry 4A; 610-683 Chemistry 4B; CHEM00011 Chemistry 5A (semester 1, 2010); CHEM00012 Chemistry 5B (semester 2, 2010) and
    • Up to 25 points from the Professional Entry MSc core discipline subjects (with the approval of the course coordinator), and/or up to 12.5 points of approved 300-level subjects.

    Note: Students need not complete Chemistry 4A or 5A prior to enrolling in Chemistry 4B and 5B.

    Professional tools (all subjects are 12.5 points, total points: 12.5–25)

    Students must take one or two Professional Tools subjects from the following list:

    Business Tools
    • 600-614 Business Tools: Money, People and Projects,
    • Business Tools: The Market Environment (available from semester 1, 2010),

    Science Tools
    • Critical Analysis in Science (available from semester 2, 2010);
    • eScience (available from semester 2, 2010);
    • 600-617 Systems Modelling and Simulation;
    • 600-618 Ethics and Responsibility in Science;
    • 600-615 Thinking and Reasoning with Data.

    Communication Tools
    • 600-616 Science in Context;
    • 600-619 Science and Communication.

    Research Project (125 credit points)

    The assessment requirements below are applicable to the entire 125 point Research Project:

    (1) A preliminary literature survey and research plan (1500 words, up to 5 pages), due at the end of the first semester of study (pass/fail);

    (2) A major thesis, page limit of 60 pages (20,000 words) due at the end of the fourth semester of study (90% made up from thesis evaluation (35%), oral examination (viva) on thesis (35%); supervisor’s assessment of research performance ((20%) based on attendance, application, initiative, and demonstrated skills]);

    (3) A project related oral-presentation (up to 30 minutes) given at the end of the fourth semester of study (10%);

    (4) Successful completion of a seminar series providing advanced theoretical and/or practical training (pass/fail).

    Students enrolled in the Master of Science (Chemistry program) are required to complete a 125 point Research Project. Students may enrol in a combination of Research Project subjects as indicated below (each of which is available in the summer semester, semester one and semester two) over their two years of full-time study or over their four years of part-time study, to ensure they have completed a total of 125 points by the end of their course.

        * 610-671 Research Project - 12.5 points
        * 610-672 Research Project - 25.0 points
        * 610-673 Research Project - 37.5 points
        * 610-675 Research Project - 50.0 points

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    610-681  Advanced Spectroscopy
    Students enrolling in this subject must choose two of the following three 12-lecture modules: Advanced Structural Elucidation This module explores the fundamentals of structure determination as applied to organic and biological molecules, focussing ...     Semester 1     12.50

    610-682  Chemistry 4A
    Students enrolling in this subject must choose two of the following five 12-lecture modules: Advanced Organic Synthesis This module will outline some of the major methods of organic synthesis including asymmetric aldol and related reactions, sigmatr...     Semester 1     12.50

    610-683  Chemistry 4B
    Students enrolling in this subject must choose two of the following five 12-lecture modules: Automatic Chemical Analysis This course will outline advanced methods in the automation of chemical analysis based on the use of batch, robotic and flow ana...     Semester 2     12.50

    610-671  Chemistry Masters Research Project
    The research project involves undertaking experimental and/or theoretical research in an area currently relevant to one of the research groups in the School of Chemistry. The subject will enable students to develop the process and practice of chemica...     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     12.50

    610-672  Chemistry Masters Research Project
    The research project involves undertaking experimental and/or theoretical research in an area currently relevant to one of the research groups in the School of Chemistry. The subject will enable students to develop the process and practice of chemica...     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     25

    610-673  Chemistry Masters Research Project
    The research project involves undertaking experimental and/or theoretical research in an area currently relevant to one of the research groups in the School of Chemistry. The subject will enable students to develop the process and practice of chemica...     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     37.50

    610-675  Chemistry Masters Research Project
    The research project involves undertaking experimental and/or theoretical research in an area currently relevant to one of the research groups in the School of Chemistry. The subject will enable students to develop the process and practice of chemic...     Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer     50

    600-614  Business Tools:Money, People & Projects
    This subject will give an overview of the tools required to operate successfully in an organisational environment. The focus of the subject is the internal workings of an organisation and specifically addresses three main areas: working with people,...     Semester 2     12.50

    600-617  Systems Modelling and Simulation
    Modern science and business makes extensive use of computers for simulation, because complex real-world systems often cannot be analysed exactly, but can be simulated. Using simulation we can perform virtual experiments with the system, to see how it...     Semester 1     12.50

    600-618  Ethics and Responsibility in Science
    What is scientific fraud? What should a scientist do when he or she finds fraud is occurring on a scientific or medical research team? How does a scientist write and defend an ethics submission and get it approved? How can a scientist ensure complian...     Semester 2     12.50

    600-615  Thinking and Reasoning with Data
    What conclusion can be drawn from a pool of data? How can a scientist draw meaningful conclusions while not overreaching? How can modelling help the scientist interpret data? This subject will address these questions by teaching students critical th...     Semester 1     12.50

    600-616  Science in Context
    As a Scientist, one of the main challenges is to communicate scientific knowledge to the wider community. Whether the issues are big or small, communicating complex scientific knowledge needs to be ‘context relevant’. Increas...     Semester 2     12.50

    600-619  Science and Communication
    This subject reviews the range of competencies needed to operate effectively in the workplace.Students develop a clear understanding of the nature of managerial work and the kinds of skills required to manage oneself and others in organisations. Comm...     Semester 1     12.50

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