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CEM4000W

BSc (HONS) IN CHEMISTRY

160 HEQF credits at level 8
(includes a research project of 66 credits)

Course co-ordinator(s): Professor T J Egan

Entrance requirements:
A BSc degree (or equivalent) with a major in Chemistry at a sufficiently high standard to satisfy the Head of Department. Entrance to the Honours course is competitive and applications are considered individually, taking into consideration the entire academic record. Priority will be given to UCT graduates, who require 60% or higher in CEM3005W as the normal minimum prerequisite for admission. Applicants from other universities must satisfy the Honours steering committee that they have covered the same topics at the equivalent level.

Note: Entrance is limited to 16 students.

Course outline:
The programme starts at the beginning of February with a four-week course on modern instrumental methods and group theory, providing a strong grounding in key instrumental techniques that are extensively used in modern chemistry. It includes theory lectures and hands-on practical work in NMR spectroscopy, X-ray methods of analysis, separation methods, modern electrochemical methods, and group theory.

This is followed by the core lecture course, providing the basic conceptual tools in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. It is tested by written examination in June and comprises 40 lectures in each of inorganic chemistry (aqueous coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry and catalysis), organic chemistry (organic synthesis in action, the third dimension in organic reactions, asymmetric synthesis and advanced reagents in organic synthesis) and physical chemistry (statistical thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, solid state chemistry and liquids).

This leads to the research project, lasting from August to November, in which each student chooses a research project of personal interest. There is a two-week period to prepare and present a full research proposal, and then ten weeks of full-time research work in the laboratory of an academic member of staff, culminating in the presentation of a short dissertation and an oral presentation to the Department. Training in oral communication is also carried out in the second semester.

Lectures:
By arrangement. Lectures, tutorials and practicals start at the beginning of February. Lectures and tutorials are daily in the first three periods and at other times arranged. Practical work and other activities occupy three afternoons per week during the first semester and all day all week during the second semester.

Assessment:
Examinations count 33%, coursework 26% and the Honours research project 41%. To pass the Honours course candidates must obtain an overall average of 50%, an average of 45% for the Core Course written examinations with a subminimum of 33% on each individual paper of the Core Course examinations. In addition, candidates must attain at least 50% for the Research Project, complete the Modern Instrumental Methods and Group Theory module, all practical work, tutorial assignments, generic skills course and any other compulsory activities.

CEM5000W

MASTERS IN CHEMISTRY

180 HEQF credits at level 9

Candidates must submit a dissertation on an approved research topic. General rules for this degree may be found at the front of the handbook.

CEM5004W

MASTERS IN TERTIARY CHEMISTRY EDUCATION

180 HEQF credits at level 9

Candidates must submit a dissertation on an approved research topic. General rules for this degree may be found at the front of the handbook.

CEM6000W

PhD IN CHEMISTRY

360 HEQF credits at level 10

Candidates for the PhD degree must submit a thesis on an approved research topic, and are referred to Book 3, General Rules and Policies, in which the rules for the degree are set out.

CEM6001W

PhD IN TERTIARY CHEMISTRY EDUCATION

360 HEQF credits at level 10

Candidates for the PhD degree must submit a thesis on an approved research topic, and are referred to Book 3, General Rules and Policies, in which the rules for the degree are set out.