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CHEM1003 Chemistry: the molecular world (6 credits) Academic Year 2014
Offering Department Chemistry Quota 230
Course Co-ordinator Prof V W W Yam, Chemistry
Course Aim To provide students with the basic principles and knowledge of inorganic and organic chemistry and to introduce their relevance to biological processes and materials science. This course provides the foundation for further studies in both inorganic and organic chemistry.
Course Contents Acid-base concept; structure and bonding of inorganic and organic compounds; electronic absorption and magnetic properties of metal complexes; chemical reactions of metal complexes: redox and substitution; metal complexes in biology and materials; three-dimensional structure of organic molecules; conformational stereochemistry; chirality, chemistry of selected classes of organic compounds including alkanes, alkenes, and haloalkanes.
Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Understand the basic principles and concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry and appreciate their relevance to selected examples of biological processes and materials science
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the acid-base concept and definition; the structure and bonding of main group molecules and metal complexes and their relevance to the electronic absorption and magnetic properties of metal complexes
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the thermodynamic stability of metal complex formation and the thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of substitution and redox reactions; the role of metal complexes in bioinorganic chemistry
- Visualize and represent/draw three-dimensional, stereochemically correct representations of organic molecules
- Recognize, discriminate, and name chiral stereoisomers
- Apply reactions to the synthesis of target molecules
Pre-requisites (E or above in AL or AS Chem; or Pass in CHEM0008); and
Not for students who have already passed in CHEM1406 before; and
Not for students who have passed in CHEM1401, or have already enrolled in this course.
Offer in 2014 - 2015 Not offered Examination  
Offer in 2015 - 2016 N
Teaching Hours 36 hours of lectures and tutorials
Assessment Method One 2-hour written examination (75% weighting) and continuous assessment (25% weighting)
Course Grade A+ to F
Textbooks F. A. Cotton; G. Wilkinson; P. L. Gaus: Basic Inorganic Chemistry (John Wiley & Sons, 1995, 3rd ed.)
D. Shriver, P. Atkins, T. Overton, J. Rourke, M. Weller and F. Armstrong: Inorganic Chemistry, 4th edition, Oxford University Press, 2006
J. McMurry, Organic Chemistry, 2008, 7th Edition, Brooks/Cole-Thompson
J. McMurry, Study Guide and Student Solutions Manual, 7th Edition, Brooks/Cole-Thomp
References NIL
Course Website NIL
Remarks Suggested follow-up courses: CHEM2303, CHEM2403, CHEM2109
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