Advanced chemical laboratory...
Chemistry is a laboratory-based discipline. This course develops expertise in designing and carrying out advanced experiments. CHEM3016 provides an intensive laboratory experience which encompasses organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry.
Experimental methods and techniques are fundamental components of the practicing chemist and are important in terms of the prospective employer. The breadth of modern chemistry means that a student requires mastery over a range of advanced instrumental techniques coupled with the basic methods common to the more traditional chemistry laboratory. Experiments will incorporate synthetic and spectroscopic methods including qualitative and quantitative methods. .
What do I do in this course? 
CHEM3016 develops and expands knowledge gained in the second year laboratory course CHEM2054 and provides the platform knowledge necessary for the graduate chemist. The course is intensively laboratory based:
  • Develop skills in laboratory techniques that will enable you undertake advanced synthetic methods.
  • Use advanced instrumental methods including nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, separation science methods, crystallographic methods.
  • Become familiar with the key concepts of laboratory techniques.
  • Gain experience in using spectroscopic methods to investigate molecular structure.
Career relevance of this course:

Chemistry is the fundamental enabling science and is the basis of the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, analytical, and the environmental sciences. Advanced skills in chemistry and chemical techniques are valuable in all areas of science, and employment opportunities are numerous and varied.

Chemistry is central to all science based industries. Chemistry, and the techniques employed in the Chemistry laboratory, are applied across all discipline areas. Even if you choose not to specialise in chemistry, knowledge of chemical techniques is an essential skill and there are few areas of the sciences where chemistry is not involved.
 
Program planning advice:

CHEM3016 is compulsory in the Chemistry major and the Chemical Sciecnes dual majors. It is recommended by the course coordinator for inclusion in the Biophysics major.

Students intending to take CHEM3016 are strongly advised to have included CHEM2050, CHEM2056, CHEM3001 and CHEM3004 in their second or third year course choices.  The theory included in many of the experiments undertaken in CHEM3016 assumes knowledge of the second and third year Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry content in these courses.

For an official description of this course, including prerequisites and contact hours, see the UQ Programs & Courses website.