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Chemical Spectroscopy and Structure (CHEM3005, SEM-1, 2017, Crawley)

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education

Molecular Sciences

Unit Outline

Chemical Spectroscopy and Structure


SEM-1, 2017

Campus: Crawley

Unit Coordinator: Professor George Koutsantonis

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Unit details

Unit title Chemical Spectroscopy and Structure
Unit code CHEM3005 Credit points 6
Availability SEM-1, 2017 (27/02/2017 - 24/06/2017)
Location Crawley Mode Face to face

Contact details

Faculty Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education
School Molecular Sciences
School website http://www.biomedchem.uwa.edu.au/
Unit coordinator Professor George Koutsantonis
Email george.koutsantonis@uwa.edu.au
Telephone 6488 3177
Consultation hours By appointment is preferable. Please arrange a time by email. You must put CHEM3005 in the subject line of the email.
NamePositionEmailTelephone Number
Duncan WildDrduncan.wild@uwa.edu.au08 6488 3178
Allan McKinleyProf.allan.mckinley@uwa.edu.au08 6488 3165
Tutors/ Demonstrators/ Facilitators
Unit contact hours Lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 6 hours per week (for 6 weeks)
Lecture capture system LCS is implemented for this unit.
Online handbook http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/units/unitdetails?code=CHEM3005
Unit website

Unit rules

Prerequisites (CHEM2002 Physical and Analytical Chemistry or CHEM2220 Analytical and Physical Chemistry) and (CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques or CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry)
Corequisites CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
Advisable prior study
Incompatibility CHEM3304 Analytical and Physical Chemistry
Approved quota

Unit description

This unit is compulsory for all students taking the physical/analytical specialisation of the Chemistry major. It builds on the chemical principles and techniques introduced in CHEM2002 Physical and Analytical Chemistry, covering a number of advanced topics concerned with spectroscopic determination of molecular structure. Topics include chemical applications of lasers, molecular spectroscopy, electronic structure of molecules, photochemistry and diffraction.

The unit introduces, and expands upon, essential knowledge and principles in the areas

  • Molecular spectroscopy (rotational, vibrational, electronic),

  • Molecular electronic structure,

  • Surface characterisation

  • Optical devices for spectroscopy

  • LASERs in the chemical sciences

  • X-ray diffraction spectroscopy

Learning outcomes

Students are able to (1) understand the principles and concepts related to advanced topics in the structure of matter at an atomic and molecular level; (2) acquire advanced practical skills in (a) the operation of instrumentation; (b) techniques of data analysis; and (c) the interpretation of experimental measurements and the evaluation of their reliability; and (3) further their skills development in scientific writing, problem solving, critical analysis and teamwork, as well as more advanced research skills specific to the discipline.

Unit structure

(See Timetable)

Unit schedule

WeekDateLecture TopicLecturerLaboratory
129 FebL1. General Considerations of Spectroscopy
L2. Rotational Spectroscopy
27 MarL3. Vibrational Spectroscopy
L4. Electronic Spectroscopy I - Absorption
314 MarL5. Electronic Spectroscopy II - Emission
L6. Electronic Spectroscopy III - Photoelectron
421 MarL7. LASER Theory
L8. LASERs in Chemistry
528 MarL9. Review of Atomic Electronic Structure
L10. Molecular orbitals
64 AprL11. TermSymbols I - Review of Atomic symbols
L12. Term Symbols II - Homonuclear diatomics
711 AprL13. Introduction to Surface Charaterisation
L14. ESCA (Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis)
825 AprL15. Auger and XRF (X-ray Fluorescence)
L16. PIXE (Proton Induced X-ray Emission), SIMS (Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry), EELS (Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy)
AJMLabWeek 1
92 MayL17. Synchrotron as radiation source for surface characterisation
L18. Optical Equipment I – Wavelength selection
AJMLabWeek 2
109 MayL19. Optical Equipment I – Wavelength selection
L20. Optical Equipment II - Light Detection
AJMLabWeek 3
1116 MayL21. Topics in Modern Spectroscopy (i)

L22. Topics in Modern Spectroscopy (ii)

AJM/DAW + External
LabWeek 4
1223 MayL23. Topics in Modern Spectroscopy (iii)
L24. Topics in Modern Spectroscopy (iv)

AJM/DAW + External
LabWeek 5
1330 MayL25. Topics in Modern Spectroscopy (v)
L26. Unit Review
AJM/DAW + External
LabWeek 6
Please note, this schedule, while correct at time of printing, may need to be modified during semester.

Teaching and learning responsibilities

Teaching and learning strategies

Charter of student rights and responsibilities

Student Guild contact details

Uses of student feedback


Information for students with disabilities


Assessment overview

Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) laboratory reports; (2) assignments; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Assessment details

A signed and dated Faculty of Science Assignment Coversheet must accompany all submitted assignments. Assignments without a coversheet will not be accepted or marked.

Copies of the coversheet can be downloaded from: http://www.science.uwa.edu.au/students/assignments-exams


Satisfactory performance in both the practical and theory components of the unit is required to pass the unit. Completion of the practical requirements (attendance and all assessment tasks) is compulsory.

Penalty for late assignments and absences

If you have a clash for any assessment task, including a practical session, let the unit coordinator know before the due date, and alternative arrangements will be considered. In the event that a request is not made before the due date or that an extension to the due date is not granted, a penalty of a reduction of 5 percentage points each day the assignment is late will apply. For the purposes of calculating penalties, Saturdays and Sundays will be counted as one day each.

To avoid a mark penalty, if an assessment task is missed due to illness or another unforeseeable cause, special consideration will need to be granted by the Science Student Office. Applications for special consideration are submitted through askUWA. For details go to: http://www.science.uwa.edu.au/students/assignments-exams



Assessment mechanism

#ComponentWeightDue DateRelates To Outcomes
1Laboratory Reports30Week after the Laboratory sessionAll
3Final Examination50Semester 1 Exam PeriodAll

Assessment items

Item TitleDescriptionSubmission Procedure for Assignments
Final Examination2 hour examination at the end of semesterTiming as per examination timetable
Assignments2 assignments during semesterTiming TBA. Submit online in lms on or before the due date.
Laboratory 6 weeks of laboratory6 reports due the week after the laboratory session. Submit online in lms on or before the due date.

Academic literacy and academic misconduct

Appeals against academic assessment

Textbooks and resources

Recommended texts

"Atkins Physical Chemistry". P W Atkins and J. De Paula Oxford University Press, Oxford; New York 9th 10th or 11th edition.

"Principles of Instrumental Analysis", D A Skoog et al. Thomson, Belmont CA, 5th or 6th editions has information about instrumentation, including for chromatography. 

“Study and Communication Skills for the Chemical Sciences”, Overton T. et al. (1st or 2nd Edition)
Oxford University Press Oxford

Suggested alternate texts

Additional texts

Technical requirements

Students must dress appropriately in the laboratory sessions (enclosed shoes, laboratory coat, safety glasses, tied-back hair if applicable). Students are expected to bring their own laboratory coat and are expected to have a hard-covered notebook to record observations during each laboratory session.

Software requirements

All work other than the final examination will need to be submitted via lms in pdf format.

Additional resources and reading

Other important information