Applied Chemistry

Course code CHEM2510Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

The majority of graduate chemists work in applied or industrial chemistry environments. Therefore, it is critical to have an understanding of chemistry in this context. This course aims to provide students with an understanding of chemistry as it applies to industrial processes, as well as an understanding of some basic concepts that are relevant in the industrial world. Specific areas include industrial organic chemistry, focusing on dyes, polymers, petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals; industrial inorganic chemistry, focusing on processes leading to the manufacture of fertilizers, acids and cement; and industrial metallurgical processes related to the purification of minerals.

This course has compulsory course components and students must:
1. must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:
1. developed expertise relevant to the professional practice of chemistry
2. developed an understanding of the range and uses of chemistry methods in industry
3. established an appreciation of the role of chemistry in industrial processing
4. developed an understanding of the broad role of the chemist in manufacturing and problem solving for industry
5. developed an understanding of chemical methods employed for elemental and compound synthesis on an industrial scale
6. experienced some scientific methods employed in applied chemistry
7. developed skills in procedures and instrumental methods relevant to quality control and analysis tasks in industry
8. developed skills in the scientific method of planning, developing, conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments
9. developed some understanding of the professional and safety responsibilities residing in working on chemical analysis
ContentThe course involves study of:

1) The Chemical Basis of Metallurgical Processes:
a) extraction, purification and refinement of metals from their ores
b) examples of regional and national importance

2) Industrial Inorganic Chemistry:
a) industrial processes for inorganic materials
b) manufacture of sulfuric acid, ammonia, nitric acid, cement

3) Industrial Organic Chemistry:
a) industrial processes for organic materials
b) agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals
c) developing and future industrial processes
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCHEM1010, CHEM1020
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Lecture
Laboratory
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalThis is a compulsory course component. Students must obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course in order to demonstrate that they have fulfilled course objectives relating to the understanding of the material expounded during lectures and/or described in assigned readings.

On achieving a passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the compulsory course component. Students who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will be awarded a zero mark and a FF grade, irrespective of their final numeric mark. In such case, the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Laboratory ExercisesThis course has compulsory course component in its laboratory component. Students must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in order to demonstrate that the student has fulfilled course objectives relating to appropriate laboratory skills and professional and safety responsibilities. On achieving the passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student satisfied the compulsory course component. For those students who fail to satisfy the essential criterion will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.

Make-up provisions
Students who are unable to complete the required number of laboratory exercises for reasons beyond their control will be offered the opportunity to make up at least one experiment at the discretion of the Discipline of Chemistry.
ProjectsLibrary based projects
Quiz - Class
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to meet course objectives aligned with the students' understanding of, and ability to manipulate and apply the theoretical concepts which form the core of the material expounding during lectures and/or described in assigned readings, students must:
1. must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.