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CHEM2924: Chemical Physics (Advanced)

Semester 2, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Chemical physics is the study of how the laws of physics give rise to the complexity of molecular behavior and the extraordinary variety of materials and properties - from liquid crystals to tungsten carbide - that result when large numbers of atoms or molecules interact with each other. To trace the connection between fundamental physical laws and their diverse material outcomes you will apply computational techniques and gain experience in the modelling tools used in material design and technological development. You will address the fundamentals of structure in materials including symmetry and crystal stability, defects, porous structures and emergent properties such as magnetism. You will explore the statistical origins of thermodynamic stability and chemical kinetics, concepts fundamental to battery, fuel cell, sensor, and capacitor technologies. Modern experimental methods for structural determination (e. g. neutron diffraction) and dynamics (e. g. pulsed laser spectroscopy) will be covered. Chemical Physics (Advanced) differs from CHEM2524 in that the laboratory consists of open-ended discovery-oriented exercises. By doing this unit you will develop a deep insight into the physical basis of complex chemical systems and a firm foundation for future studies in physical and computational chemistry, materials science, and device design. These same lectures are also covered in CHEM2534 Concepts in Chemical Physics but with the laboratory program replaced by a series of classroom workshops and assignments.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CHEM2924
Academic unit Chemistry Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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CHEM2524 or CHEM2534 or CHEM2402 or CHEM2912
Prerequisites
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A mark of 65 or above in (CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1001) and a mark of 65 or above in (CHEM1112 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1002)
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Cameron Kepert, cameron.kepert@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Ivan Kassal, ivan.kassal@sydney.edu.au
Cameron Kepert, cameron.kepert@sydney.edu.au
Toby Hudson, toby.hudson@sydney.edu.au
Tutor(s) Meredith Jordan, meredith.jordan@sydney.edu.au
Peter Gill, p.gill@sydney.edu.au
Siegbert Schmid, siegbert.schmid@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Supervised exam
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Final exam
Supervised exam: Pen and paper on campus
55% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO5
Presentation group assignment Experiment 1 Oral Presentation
Presentation of results and discussion followed by questions
7% Multiple weeks 5 minutes + questions
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO6 LO5
Skills-based evaluation group assignment Experiment 4 Poster
Brief background, key results and discussion presented visually
2% Multiple weeks A0 size poster
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Skills-based evaluation Experiment 2 Short report
Communication of methodology and key results in a short report format
2% Multiple weeks Up to 4 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO5 LO6
Skills-based evaluation Experiment 3 Long report
Full report: background, methods, results, discussion and implications.
4% Multiple weeks Up to 8 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Skills-based evaluation hurdle task In-Laboratory Assessment
Working safely and cleanly, prelab quizzes, sample and results submission.
10% Ongoing Continuous throughout laboratory program
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5
Online task In-Semester Test 1
Online quiz
5% Week 05
Due date: 03 Sep 2023 at 23:59
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4
Online task In-Semester Test 2
Online quiz
5% Week 11
Due date: 22 Oct 2023 at 23:59
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4
Small continuous assessment Weekly Quizzes
Online quiz
10% Weekly 30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Laboratory: The laboratory course represents 25% of the unit mark. The laboratory classes are compulsory, and the laboratory assessment must be passed for the unit to be passed. Apply for special consideration if you miss a class due to illness, injury or misadventure.

Final exam:

  • Failure to submit or attend compulsory assessment tasks, such as this exam, will result in an Absent Fail (AF) for the unit.
  • If a second replacement exam is required, this exam may be delivered via an alternative assessment method, such as a viva voce (oral exam). The alternative assessment will meet the same learning outcomes as the original exam. The format of the alternative assessment will be determined by the unit coordinator.
  • There will be no third replacement exam offering.

Assessment criteria

Result name Mark range Description
High distinction 85-100 At HD level, a student demonstrates a flair for the subject as well as a detailed and
comprehensive understanding of
the unit material. A ‘High Distinction’ reflects exceptional achievement and is awarded to a
student who demonstrates
the ability to apply their subject knowledge and understanding to produce original solutions for
novel or highly complex
problems and/or comprehensive critical discussions of theoretical concepts.
Distinction 75-84 At DI level, a student demonstrates an aptitude for the subject and a well-developed
understanding of the unit
material. A ‘Distinction’ reflects excellent achievement and is awarded to a student who
demonstrates an ability to
apply their subject knowledge and understanding of the subject to produce good solutions for
challenging problems
and/or a reasonably well-developed critical analysis of theoretical concepts.
Credit 65-74 At CR level, a student demonstrates a good command and knowledge of the unit material. A
‘Credit’ reflects solid achievement and is awarded to a student who has a broad general
understanding of the unit material and can solve
routine problems and/or identify and superficially discuss theoretical concepts.
Pass 50-64 At PS level, a student demonstrates proficiency in the unit material. A ‘Pass’ reflects satisfactory
achievement and is
awarded to a student who has threshold knowledge
Fail 0-49 When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

 

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

The Assessment Procedures 2011 provide that any written work submitted after 11:59pm on the due date will be penalised by 5% of the maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date. If the assessment is submitted more than ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Intro 2. Stability of matter 3. Symmetry Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Week 02 4, Crystal 5. Network solids 6. Diffraction Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Materials from Weeks 1 & 2 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 03 7. Diffraction 8-9. Crystal properties Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 04 10. Crystal properties 11-12. Statistical mechanics Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Material from Weeks 3 & 4 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 13-15. Statistical mechanics Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Week 06 16-17. Defects 18. Thermodynamics Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Material from Weeks 5 & 6 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 19. Thermodynamics 20. Calorimetry 21. Kinetics of phase transition Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Week 08 22.Glasses and Metastable States 23 -24. Soft matter Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Laboratory exercise Practical (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Material from Weeks 7 & 8 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 25 Soft matter 26-27. Liquids Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Laboratory exercise Practical (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 28-30 Surfaces. Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Laboratory exercise Practical (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Material from Weeks 9 & 10 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 31-32. Surfaces 33. Molecular frameworks Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Laboratory exercise Practical (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 34-36 Molecular frameworks Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Laboratory exercise Practical (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Material from Weeks 1 & 12 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 37-39. Conclusions & Recap Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Laboratory exercise Practical (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand and apply knowledge of chemical physics
  • LO2. Work safely and competently in a chemical laboratory
  • LO3. Communicate scientific information and laboratory findings effectively using a range of modes (written, oral, visual, etc) for a variety of audiences
  • LO4. Recognize the relevance of chemical physics to applications beyond the discipline of chemistry and articulate the social value of the subject
  • LO5. Evaluate and interpret chemical data to resolve chemical questions and advance chemical inquiry in chemical physics
  • LO6. Work collaboratively and responsibly in data collection, analysis and communication

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

We have switched from Piazza to Ed for our unit discussions as requested by students last year. We are introducing improvements to the Lab Canvas Site as suggested by students last year.

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