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CHEM462 Topics in Advanced Chemistry

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CHEM 461-463 Topics in Advanced Chemistry are made up of a series of 6-point modules, which may vary from year to year. Modules offered may include:

  • Laser spectroscopy of inorganic systems
  • Carbohydrate chemistry
  • Carbon-rich chemistry and materials
  • Molecular recognition and self-assembly
  • Mechanisms of enzyme action and inhibition
  • Topics in medicinal chemistry research
  • Nanoscience and nanoscale materials
  • Supramolecular chemistry: metallosupramolecular and mechanically-interlocked architectures, synthesis and applications
  • Magnetically interesting complexes
  • The total synthesis of bioactive compounds
  • A practical introduction to computational chemistry
  • Natural Products Chemistry: Medicines, colours and flavours of life
  • Introduction to stereoselective organic synthesis
  • Advanced instrumental anaylsis
  • Astrochemistry

Paper title Topics in Advanced Chemistry
Paper code CHEM462
Subject Chemistry
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,371.61
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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CHEM 461-463 are for students enrolled in the BSc(Hons), PGDipSci or MSc (2 year) degrees majoring in chemistry.

Dr Courtney Ennis
Tel 64 3 479 5288
Location: Science II, 5N1

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinators: Dr Courtney Ennis
All academic staff in the department.

Paper Structure

Modules are typically 10 lectures and may include tutorials/group discussions. Some modules are assessed 'internally' during the year through a combination of assignments, presentations and/or exams; otherwise, modules are assessed by exam in October.

BSc(Hons) students choose 12 modules for assessment, whereas PGDipSci/MSc students choose 12, 8 or 4 modules depending on whether HAZA 401 (or other approved) papers are chosen.


Textbooks are not required for this paper. However, individual lecturers may recommend literature to be consulted.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate in-depth understanding of advanced concepts, theories, applications and current trends in chemistry.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system