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Understanding Chemical Reactions (6 points)


Leader: Dr Peter Junk

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)

Synopsis: A general description of the tools and methodology that are used in the determination of reaction mechanisms will be provided. This knowledge will then be used to elucidate the reaction mechanisms of common organic reactions, metal centred and metal mediated reactions and some gas phase reactions and applied in the understanding of various "real-world" catalytic systems, eg industrial organic processes, biological catalysis by enzymes, ozone destruction by CFC's. The subject further seeks to provide students with generic skills (presentations skills, report writing, CV construction, job interviews) which will assist them in their future employment or further studies.

Assessment: One 2-hour examination: 50% + Assignments: 10% + Written and oral presentations: 10% + Laboratory work and short laboratory reports: 30%

Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour tutorial and the equivalent of 3 hours of laboratory activity per week

Prerequisites: 12 points of level-one chemistry and normally CHM2911 or CHM2912 or CHM2942 and 6 other points of level-two chemistry, students without these should consult the coordinator

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