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Postgraduate Coursework

For MPhil students and 4-Year PhD students (RPG intakes of September 2019 - August 2020):
Requirements:
Graduate School coursework component
One Faculty compulsory course: SSAF6001 Basic Laboratory Safety Course for RPg candidates
One Departmental Compulsory Course: CHEM 6101 Chemistry seminars
Two Departmental Elective Courses
A mandatory training course on teaching skills "Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education."

For 3-Year PhD students (RPG intakes of September 2019 - August 2020):
Requirements:
GRSC6033 Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculty of Science)
One Faculty compulsory course: SSAF6001 Basic Laboratory Safety Course for RPg candidates
Depending on the experience of the candidate, additional departmental courses may be recommended by the Supervisor.
A mandatory training course on teaching skills "Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education."

1. Graduate School coursework component:
Four compulsory Graduate School modules:
(i) Introduction to Thesis Writing:
      GRSC6021 Introduction to Thesis Writing (The Sciences & Related Disciplines).

(ii) Research Ethics for Graduate Students:
      GRSC6033 Research Ethics for Graduate Students (Faculty of Science).

(iii) Transferable Skills:
      GRSC6008 Transferable Skills; or
      GRSC6038 HKU Transferable Research Skills Course; or

(iv) Research Methods:
      GRSC6035 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (The Sciences & Related Disciplines); or
      GRSC6037 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (The Sciences & Related Disciplines).

CHEM6102 or CHEM6103 or CHEM6109 would be counted as a course in lieu of the Graduate School compulsory module of Research Methods GRSC6035 or GRSC6037 as well as an elective course from the Department with effect from the academic year 2013-14.

2. Faculty coursework component:
SSAF 6001 Basic Laboratory Safety Course for RPg candidates in Faculty of Science
This safety course is offered by the University Safety office, and conducted twice a year (i.e. in September and January). Students should register for this course as soon as possible after their commencement date.

3. Departmental coursework component:

A. Compulsory Course:
CHEM 6101 Chemistry seminars
This course aims to provide students with the essential communication skills to give scientific presentation in both written and oral formats. Students taking this course will also have the chance to expose to recent development in frontier research in different areas of chemistry.
Assessment: 1. A satisfactory performance in the 20-30 minutes oral presentation as part of the probation assessment of the candidature.
2. Attendance to Postgraduate Student Seminars and Departmental Seminars held in the Department.
3. Submit a report on a selected topic as advised by the supervisor
4. Attendance to a mandatory scientific presentation workshop
Grade: Pass/fail
Duration: Full-year course (Enrolment in Semester 1 & Semester 2)
Coordinator: Dr HY Au-Yeung

B. Elective Courses:
Course Code Remarks Duration Course Title
CHEM6102   Semester 2 Research techniques in chemistry
CHEM6103   Semester 1 Special topics in chemistry
CHEM6108 JCAS Semester 2 Introduction to macromolecules
CHEM6109 Equivalent to CHEM4542 Semester 2 Computational chemistry
CHEM6111Equivalent to CHEM4443 Semester 2Integrated Organic Synthesis
CHEM6112Equivalent to CHEM4543 Semester 2Advanced Physical Chemistry
CHEM6113Equivalent to CHEM4145 Semester 2Medicinal Chemistry
CHEM6114Equivalent to CHEM4441 Semester 1Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM6115Equivalent to CHEM4341 Semester 1Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM6116Equivalent to CHEM4142 Semester 1Symmetry, Group Theory and Applications
CHEM6117Equivalent to CHEM4241 Semester 1Modern Chemical Instrumentation and Applications
CHEM6118Equivalent to CHEM4148 Semester 2Frontiers in Modern Chemical Science

Elective Course Descriptions:

CHEM 6102 Research techniques in chemistry
This course aims to provide the principles and practice of some important and widely used research techniques in chemistry. Topics selected on the advice of the supervisor from: nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and electron spin resonance spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, material characterization, molecular modeling techniques, vibrational spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy, separation techniques, combinatorial chemistry.
Assessment:One 3-hour written examination (100% weighting)
Grade:Pass/fail
Duration:Semester 2
Coordinator:Professor H Z Sun

CHEM 6103 Special topics in chemistry
This course aims to provide more advanced treatment in topics in chemistry. A research topic selected on the advice of the supervisor from: selected advanced topics of current interest in analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and theoretical chemistry, etc.
Assessment:A written report of no less than 2,500 words (100% weighting) to be submitted at the end of the course.
Grade:Pass/fail
Duration:Semester 1
Coordinator:Professor V W W Yam

CHEM 6108 Introduction to macromolecules
This is a postgraduate course offered by the Joint Centre for Advanced Study. Lectures will be delivered by faculty members from CUHK, HKUST, and HKU. Both introduction to macromolecular science and some frontier topics will be covered. The lectures will be held at the campus of these three institutions. Details will be announced at the beginning of the class.
Assessment:One 3-hour written examination (100% weighting)
Grade:Pass/fail
Duration:Semester 2
Coordinator:Professor W K Chan

CHEM 6109 Computational chemistry (=CHEM4542)
This course covers topics in computational chemistry including first-principles methods and molecular dynamics methods. It is offered to postgraduate students interested in computational chemistry, computational physics and computational biology. The course contents & topics include Hartree-Fock molecular orbital method, density-functional theory, time-dependent methods, Basis sets, Force Fields, QM/MM method, free energy calculation, and computer-aided drug design.
Assessment:One 2-hour written examination (60% weighting) and continuous assessment(40% weighting)
Grade:Pass/fail
Duration:Semester 2
Pre-requisite:Not for students who have previously taken CHEM4542
Coordinator:Professor G H Chen

CHEM 6111 Integrated organic synthesis (=CHEM4443)
This course will present modern synthetic methods and synthetic planning. The course is organized into units based on target drug molecules. In each unit, the chemical biology of these compounds are briefly presented and the syntheses of these molecules are introduced, accompanied by in-depth discussions of the reactions involved with emphasis on their mechanisms, selectivity, stereochemistry, scope and limitations. Concept of synthetic design including retrosynthetic analysis, stereoselectivity and enantioselective control elements will be emphasized. A laboratory section provides training in the practical skills of synthesis.
Assessment:One 3-hour written final examination (65% weighting), laboratory reports (25% weighting) and test (10% weighting)
Grade:Pass/fail
Duration:Semester 2
Pre-requisite:Not for students who have previously taken CHEM4443
Coordinator: Prof. P Chiu

CHEM 6112 Advanced physical chemistry (=CHEM4543)
This course covers advanced topics in physical chemistry. It is offered for students majoring in physical chemistry and for students who are interested in postgraduate studies. The course contents & topics include time-resolved spectroscopy methods, excited states and reactive intermediates, photophysics and photochemical processes, chemical reaction mechanisms, advanced quantum mechanical methods, reaction pathways and surface crossings.
Assessment:One 2-hour written examination (80% weighting) and continuous assessment (20% weighting)
Grade:Pass/fail
Duration:Semester 2
Pre-requisite:Not for students who have previously taken CHEM4543
Coordinator:Professor G H Chen

CHEM 6113 Medicinal chemistry (=CHEM4145)
This course covers the chemical principles of drug design and drug action and uses as an introduction to research in areas of bioorganic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, and biotechnology. The course contents & topics include Drug discovery, design, and development: lead discovery, pharmacophore, structure-activity relationships (SAR), computer-aided drug design, combinatorial chemistry and highthroughput drug screening, Drug-receptor interactions, Proteins (and enzymes) and nucleic acids as drug targets, Metals in medicine, DNA-Drug interactions, Drug metabolism and prodrugs and drug delivery.
Assessment:One 3-hour written examination (75% weighting); Continuous assessment (25% weighting)
Grade:Pass/fail
Duration:Semester 2
Pre-requisite:Not for students who have previously taken CHEM4145
Coordinator:Professor H Z Sun

CHEM 6114 Advanced Organic Chemistry (=CHEM4441)
This course aims to provide students with knowledge in organic chemistry reaction mechanism and organic compound structure determination. The course covers chemical bonding, advanced stereochemistry, conformational analysis, techniques for investigating reaction mechanisms, reactive intermediates, rearrangement reactions, and pericyclic reactions.
Assessment:One 3-hour written examination (70% weighting) and continuous assessment (30% weighting)
Grade:Pass/fail
Duration:Semester 1
Pre-requisite:Not for students who have previously taken CHEM4441
Coordinator:Professor D Yang

CHEM 6115 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (=CHEM4341)
This course is to give further and more detailed treatment to topics in Inorganic Chemistry and new areas of interest. Problem based learning on selected advance topics will be introduced in the later part of the course. Selected advanced topics of current interest. Examples include metal-metal bonds and metalligand multiple bonds, inorganic and supramolecular photochemistry, lanthanide chemistry, bio-inorganic and medicinal chemistry, and activation of small molecules by metal complexes.
Assessment:One 3-hour written examination (70% weighting) and continuous assessment (30% weighting)
Grade:Pass/fail
Duration:Semester 1
Pre-requisite:Not for students who have previously taken CHEM4341
Coordinator:Professor C M Che

CHEM 6116 Symmetry, Group Theory and Applications (=CHEM4142)
This course aims to introduce the concepts of symmetry and group theory and to apply them in solving chemical problems. This course also provides an introductory treatment of bonding theories, inorganic electronic and vibrational spectroscopy. The course contents & topics includes Symmetry elements and symmetry operations; symmetry point groups; reducible and irreducible representations; character tables; direct products; symmetry-adapted linear combinations; projection operators; hybrid orbitals; molecular orbital theory for organic, inorganic and organometallic systems; selected applications in electronic and vibrational spectroscopy
Assessment:One 3-hour written examination (75% weighting) and continuous assessment (25% weighting)
Grade:Pass/fail
Duration:Semester 1
Pre-requisite:Not for students who have previously taken CHEM4142
Coordinator:Professor V W W Yam

CHEM 6117 Modern Chemical Instrumentation and Applications (=CHEM4241)
This course aim of the course is to provide an understanding of modern instrumentation, covering both fundamental principles and practical aspects of instrument design. The course will be of particular benefit to those pursuing a higher research degree or a career in technical sales/service.
Assessment:One 3-hour written examination (65% weighting) and laboratory reports includes lab performance, reports, test and oral test (35% weighting)
Grade:Pass/fail
Duration:Semester 1
Pre-requisite:Not for students who have previously taken CHEM4241
Coordinator:Dr. I K Chu

CHEM 6118 Frontiers in Modern Chemical Science (NEW) (=CHEM4148)
This course aims to introduce students to the newest concepts and technological breakthroughs in chemical sciences. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to how the interplay among molecules, materails, and interfaces leads to unprecedented functionalities that contribute to innovations in biology and medicine, smart materials, and sustainable energy schemes..
Assessment:One 3-hour written examination (40% weighting) and continuous assessment (60% weighting)
Grade:Pass/fail
Duration:Semester 2
Pre-requisite:Not for students who have previously taken CHEM4148
Coordinator:Dr. XD Li

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