Chemistry (2020)

Chemistry is concerned with the properties of substances and materials from an atomic and molecular perspective. Most Chemistry papers involve approximately equal time spent in lectures and in laboratory work so that the theoretical and experimental aspects of the topics may be explored together.

Chemistry is available as a major for the BSc and BSc(Tech). Chemistry may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Chemistry as a single major, students must gain 135 points including CHEMY101, CHEMY102, CHEMY201, CHEMY202, CHEMY203 and CHEMY204, and at least 45 points from CHEMY301, CHEMY302, CHEMY303 and CHEMY304.

To complete Chemistry as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points including CHEMY101, CHEMY102, CHEMY201, CHEMY202, CHEMY203 and CHEMY204, and at least 30 points from CHEMY301, CHEMY302, CHEMY303 and CHEMY304.

To complete a minor in Chemistry, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Chemistry major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Note: Students who commenced a major in Chemistry in 2017 or prior should contact the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science for programme advice.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(Chem) and GradDip(Chem)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Chemistry at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the School of Science.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Chem), PGDip(Chem), BSc(Hons), MSc, MSc (Research) and MSc(Tech)

    Students in masters degrees are normally required to take a thesis and a selection of papers. Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is by invitation of the Head of School. Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Postgraduate Convenor.

    To complete a BSc(Hons) in Chemistry, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the papers listed for Chemistry, of which at least 30 points must be in research (normally CHEM591).

  • Prescriptions for the MPhil

    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    CHEMY100Chemistry in Context20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This is an introductory paper for students with a limited background in chemistry. There is a strong emphasis on teaching chemical concepts through real-world examples relevant to different science and engineering disciplines.
    CHEMY101Structure and Spectroscopy20A (Hamilton) & 20C (Hamilton)
    A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of analytical and inorganic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
    CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity20B (Hamilton)
    A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    CHEMY201Organic Chemistry20B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers aspects of organic chemistry including reaction mechanisms with carbanion and radical intermediates; mechanisms of reactions of carbonyl groups and multiple electrophilic substitutions of aromatic rings, also an introduction to carbohydrate chemistry is provided.
    CHEMY202Physical Chemistry20B (Hamilton)
    This course covers aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics and phase equilibria; chemical kinetics; conductance and electrochemistry.
    CHEMY203Inorganic Chemistry20A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers aspects of inorganic chemistry including structure and reactivity of the main-group elements; point-group symmetry; molecular orbital, crystal field theories; transition metal coordination complexes.
    CHEMY204Analytical Chemistry20A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers aspects of analytical chemistry including characterisation using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass-spectrometry (MS); qualitative and quantitative analysis of mixtures using gas chromatography (GC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
    ENVSC202Environmental Chemistry and Geochemistry20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper is a broad introduction into environmental chemistry and geochemistry including the formation of the elements, chemical evolution of Earth, modern Earth surface processes, fossil fuels and biomarkers, global biogeochemical cycling, atmospheric chemistry and global climate change.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    CHEMY301Advanced Organic Chemistry20A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers advanced aspects of organic chemistry including pericyclic reactions, natural product chemistry, organic synthesis including retrosynthetic analysis and stereo-electronic influences in carbohydrate chemistry.
    CHEMY302Advanced Physical Chemistry20A (Hamilton)
    This course covers advanced aspects of physical chemistry including quantum mechanics and spectroscopy; statistical thermodynamics; surface chemistry.
    CHEMY303Advanced Inorganic Chemistry20B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers advanced aspects of inorganic chemistry including heavy transition elements; f-elements; organometallic chemistry of main group and transition metals; bioinorganic chemistry; solid state chemistry.
    CHEMY304Advanced Analytical Chemistry20B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers advanced aspects of analytical chemistry including inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), Mossbauer and Raman spectroscopy, quality control and assurance, sampling techniques and method validation.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    BIOMO501Biomolecular Structure and Cellular Pathways20B (Hamilton)
    This paper is an in-depth examination of biomolecular structure, function, and molecular metabolism using selected examples from the biochemistry literature.
    CHEM591Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    CHEM595Chemistry Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    CHEMY501Green Chemistry20B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers concepts and practical applications in the important field of green chemistry.
    CHEMY502Materials Chemistry20A (Hamilton)
    This 15 point seminar style paper covers advanced topics in the area of inorganic materials chemistry, namely 1 and 2 dimensional solids and inorganic biomedical materials.
    CHEMY503Analytical Methodology20A (Hamilton)
    An advanced study of analytical methodology and instrumental techniques, this will investigate sample extraction techniques, and instrument choice for a variety of sample matrices.
    CHEMY511Structural Characterisation I20A (Hamilton)
    Using a combination of lectures viewed online and instrumental work, students master the skills required to acquire NMR and mass spectra and interpret these to identify an unknown compound. Students should have received basic instruction in carbon and proton NMR before considering enrolling in this course.
    CHEMY512Structural Characterisation II20B (Hamilton)
    Single crystal X-ray crystallography and electrospray mass spectrometry.
    SCIEN511Scientific Supercomputing20B (Hamilton)
    A practical introduction to undertaking scientific research on a supercomputer. The paper assumes no prior knowledge.
    SCIEN512Data analysis and experimental design20A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers aspects of research design for experiments, and methods for analysis of scientific data using modern statistical techniques.
    SCIEN589Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    No description available.
    SCIEN592Dissertation20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    SCIEN593Thesis20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    SCIEN594Thesis20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    CHEM800Chemistry MPhil Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    CHEM900Chemistry PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton), 20X1 (Hamilton) & 20X2 (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 3 September 2019 10:51am

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