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Materials Chemistry (CHE304)

Organisational Unit Chemistry and Physics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Materials chemistry investigates the relationship between the atomic or molecular structure of materials
and their macroscopic properties. This unit introduces the properties, characterisation techniques and
applications of various materials, and the fundamental chemistry underpinning their preparation, structure
and properties. Materials categories covered in this unit range from highly structured materials such as ionic
compounds, metals and alloys through disordered materials such as polymers and on to advanced materials
such as nano-particles, semiconductors and biomaterials.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit students should be able to:
1. Identify key material classes including ceramics,
metals, polymers, semiconductors and nanomaterials and describe the principle characteristics that
distinguish these classes.
2. Describe how specific intra- and intermolecular interactions within materials
contribute to their bulk properties.
3. Describe the chemistry and modern techniques used to manufacture
modern materials. Identify why specific techniques are used to obtain materials with well-defined
4. Identify a range of composite and advanced materials and describe their application in
modern technology.
5. Identify suitable experimental techniques to characterise different materials.
6. Develop skills in advanced experimental synthesis techniques.
7. Work safely and responsibly in a laboratory
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 x 1 hour per week;
Laboratories: Internal: If numbers permit : 1 x 4 hours per week for 9 weeks of the semester
If insufficient numbers, internal students will attend the same labs as external students.
External: Up to 5 days intensive laboratory activities.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit will consist of lectures, workshops and laboratory sessions. The lectures will involve a combination of traditional lecture presentations and interactive learning activities. Laboratory sessions will involve students conducting experiments in materials chemistry and characterisation. Students will also continue to develop skills in laboratory safety and risk assessment. Workshop activities provide an opportunity for students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts and will be made available online for external students to work through independently. External students will attend campus for an intensive period of laboratory activities that cannot be provided online. The assignments that form part of the assessment structure are actually learning activities to incentivise engagement with the unit material on a consistent basis throughout the semester. Completion of the assignments will form part of your overall study plan outside of timetabled learning activities.
Assessment The laboratory classes will be assessed in terms of development of practical skills (lab exam) and submission
of reports on experiments. A key component of the laboratory assessment is based on students identifying
suitable characterisation techniques for each experiment and interpreting data. The assignments are
designed to encourage consistent application to learning the unit material throughout the semester and this is the best approach to preparing for the final examination. Individual feedback will be provided to students
on all of these assessment items. The final examination assesses integration and application of all concepts
covered in the unit
Prerequisites Successful completion of CHE202 Physical Chemistry I OR both of ENG202 Engineering Thermodynamics and ENG255 Chemical Process Kinetics.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Chemistry (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemistry Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor David Henry
Associate Professor Chemical and Analytical Sciences

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2681
e: d.henry@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.015 - Building 340, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Associate Professor David Henry
Associate Professor Chemical and Analytical Sciences

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2681
e: d.henry@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.015 - Building 340, Murdoch Campus
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