Chemistry (CHS1)

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The aim of the programme is to provide a broadly-based education in the knowledge and skills needed by students to pursue careers in the range of sectors underpinned by chemical science and technology.  Graduates from this programme will have the capacity to apply their chemical knowledge and skills, creativity, and critical thinking, to solve problems of scientific and social importance, and to generate new knowledge. We provide a stimulating and supportive learning environment, in which students develop their knowledge and understanding of Chemistry as an enabling science.  Immersed in a research-intensive environment, located in state-of-the-art facilities, students will work individually and in teams, and engage in cutting-edge projects that will hone their critical thinking, communications, autonomous learning, and technical skills.  In addition to lectures, laboratory classes and tutorials, we use a range of student-centred, active-learning activities, including workshops, seminars, and team-based projects, culminating in research projects in which students are embedded in academic research teams to work on leading-edge problems.  Both the core material and the transferrable skills acquired in the programme are assessed, using a range of techniques, including assessment of laboratory skills and reports, assessment of presentations, assessment of team work, and assessment of a research thesis and of an oral thesis defense, in addition to in-class tests and written examinations.

1 - Demonstrate a broad and balanced knowledge and appreciation of key concepts in chemistry.
2 - Carry out a range of modern experimental procedures safely and effectively.
3 - Apply their theoretical and practical skills, and adopt a rigorous and rational approach, to solve problems in the field.
4 - Engage imaginatively, analytically, and creatively with the molecular basis of matter to understand the materials and processes inherent in the natural world.
5 - Predict, design and develop the new materials and processes that will be critical to promoting and ensuring health and well-being, and sustainable global progress and prosperity.
6 - Design and implement efficient, safe and sustainable methods for the synthesis of molecules and materials.
7 - Develop and employ quantitative methods for the measurement, characterisation, and analysis of the structure and dynamics of molecular systems.
8 - Understand the nature of scientific research and be able to design, plan and execute research projects.
9 - Demonstrate an intellectual, critical, ethical and professional approach to Chemistry, and in their thinking generally.
10 - Demonstrate an aptitude for life-long, self-directed learning as well as collaborative learning in professional settings throughout their careers.
11 - Exhibit the potential for taking leadership roles in their future careers, and in addressing complex societal and global challenges.
Approved Additional Standards for Continuation in undergraduate degree programmes in Science (all majors):

Students who return failing grades in a semester amounting to 15 credits, or more, will be identified under the UCD Continuation and Readmission Policy. Students whose rate of progression and performance over two academic sessions (2 years) is deemed unacceptable will be referred to the Academic Council Committee on Student Conduct and Capacity for exclusion from the programme.

As Stages 3 and 4 have the most dynamic components of the programme, and the material studied previously may no longer be relevant, a student who has been away from the programme for a significant period should be required to register again to Stage 3. The upper limit for completion of Stages 3 and 4 should be six years, if they choose to do 120 credits with 20 in each year.
Stage 3

-Students take ten core modules.
Additional modules may be selected from the Option Modules list below or alternatively, students may select 10 credits from elective modules.
If you are interested in doing an Internship as part of Stage 4, you must indicate your interest now (in Stage 3). See full details

Stage 4

-Students take the research project and six core modules (50 credits) and two options (10 credits).

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 3 Core Modules
CHEM30060 Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Spectroscopy Autumn 5
CHEM30110 Instrumental Analysis Autumn 5
CHEM30200 Carbonyl Chemistry, Retrosynthesis and Synthetic Methods Autumn 5
CHEM30210 Structure Determination and Aromatic Heterocyclic Chemistry Autumn 5
CHEM30220 Mechanism, Stereochemistry and Alicyclic Chemistry Autumn 5
CHEM30230 Symmetry and Computational Chemistry Spring 5
CHEM30240 Main Group Chemistry and Bonding Spring 5
CHEM30250 Organometallic and Solid State Chemistry Spring 5
CHEM30310 Soft Matter & Interfacial Chemistry Spring 5
CHEM30320 Chemical Thermodynamics & Physical Transformations Spring 5
Stage 3 Core Modules
Stage 3 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Option Modules
CHEM30090 Chemistry of Materials Autumn 5
CHEM20030 Biological Molecules - Interactions and Functioning Spring 5
CHEM20110 Env & Sustainable Chemistry Spring 5
CHEM30190 Chemistry of Biomolecules Spring 5
Stage 3 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Option Modules
Stage 4 Core Modules
CHEM40030 Research Project 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr) 20
CHEM40090 Methods in Organic Synthesis 2 Autumn 5
CHEM40110 Advanced Applications of Inorganic Chemistry Autumn 5
CHEM40740 Electrochemistry Autumn 5
CHEM40060 Methods in Organic Synthesis Spring 5
CHEM40080 Reactivity and Change Spring 5
CHEM41430 Advanced Topics in Phys Chem Spring 5
Stage 4 Core Modules
Stage 4 Options - 2 OF:
Students must select two options from the list below. Students who have successfully completed SCI30080 (Professional Placement) will be manually registered to the module by the relevant School.
CHEM40050 Metals in Biology Autumn 5
CHEM40290 Special topics in Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology (level 4) Autumn 5
CHEM41290 Modern techniques to monitor b Autumn 5
SCI30080 Professional Placement-Science Autumn 5
CHEM40140 Modern Methods and Applications of Catalysis Spring 5
CHEM40870 Nanomaterials Chemistry Spring 5
Stage 4 Options - 2 OF:
Students must select two options from the list below. Students who have successfully completed SCI30080 (Professional Placement) will be manually registered to the module by the relevant School.
See the UCD Assessment website for further details

Module Weighting Info  
  Award GPA
Programme Module Weightings Rule Description Description >= <=
BHSCI001 Stage 4 - 70.00%
Stage 3 - 30.00%
Standard Honours Award First Class Honours



Second Class Honours, Grade 1



Second Class Honours, Grade 2






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