Programme Specification: Part II Chemistry
This course is taught by the Department of Chemistry
- to build on the knowledge and ideas gained from the Part IB Chemistry courses;
- to further develop the theories and ideas studied previously, extending their scope, the complexity of the systems being studied and the need for critical evaluation;
- to provide the opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge in particular areas of chemistry up to the level expected for a chemistry graduate;
- to exemplify and offer the chance to study areas of chemistry which are of current research interest;
- to build on and develop the practical skills gained in Part IB, introducing more sophisticated measurements and preparative techniques, and the design of experiments;
- to gain an appreciation of the chemical literature and related data bases and how such information can be accessed and assessed;
- (optional) to have the opportunity to study a language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish).
At the end of the course students should:
- be able to apply the ideas and concepts introduced in the course to solve problems, make calculations, make predictions and rationalize trends;
- have a deeper appreciation of selected areas of chemistry such as would prepare them for advanced study;
- have enhanced practical skills;
- have an appreciation of how to find out and assess chemical information;
- (optional) have a working knowledge of a foreign language.
Teaching and Learning Methods
These include lectures, supervisions, practical classes and examples classes
Assessment for this course is through:
- four unseen written examinations (for aims 1-4 and learning outcomes 1-2);
- submission of practical notebooks containing records of practical work (for aim 5 and learning outcome 3);
- short tests and/or the submission of other exercises (for aims 6-7 and learning outcomes 4-5);
Courses of Preparation
Essential: NST Part IB Chemistry A and NST Part IB Chemistry B; it is possible to follow the course having taken only NST Part IB Chemistry B but it is important to realise that the choice within the course will be reduced.
Recommended: any Part IB NST subject complementary to either Part IB Chemistry A or Chemistry B e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Materials Science, and biological subjects with a molecular focus.