Courses & Units

Structure and Materials KRA343



This unit is intended for all students majoring in chemistry along with those with interests in the physical sciences, industrial chemistry, biotechnology, medical and biomedical research, Antarctic science, life science, earth science, pharmaceutical science, and marine science areas. The content of this unit has also been structured so that it serves many other courses within the BSc. Students who would like to do this unit but have a timetable problem with either lectures or laboratory work should consult the Head of School or Unit Coordinator.


This unit builds on a range of chemical concepts and techniques introduced in 200 level units that are widely used by modern scientists that are not restricted to the chemical sciences; including earth sciences, environmental studies, industrial chemistry, and physical, health and life sciences. It also introduces topics in materials chemistry as they apply to the development of a range of advanced components used in everyday and technological products.

The material presented concentrates on giving a sound foundation to the theory and application of modern characterisation techniques with an emphasis on the elucidation of chemical structure, with major topics including advanced emission and molecular spectroscopic techniques such as NMR spectroscopic applications (including variable temperature, solid state and 2D experiments), EPR, IR, Raman, photoelectron, UV-Vis spectroscopy, the stereochemistry of inorganic and organic compounds and various aspects of the physical chemistry of surfaces.

In addition, both laboratory-source and synchrotron-based X-ray techniques are introduced, including diffraction and XAS methods. The laboratory program reinforces concepts introduced in lectures and gives students experience in good laboratory practice and hands-on usage of modern research level spectroscopic, physical chemistry and diffraction instrumentation.


Unit name Structure and Materials
Unit code KRA343
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry

Dr Stuart Thickett

Teaching staff

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010500 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,701.00

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Admission into a Masters course
KRA241 - Organic and Inorganic Chemistry OR KRA224 - Chemistry 2A Organic and Bioinorganic

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

  • KRA332, KRA334


Teaching Pattern

3x1-hr sessions weekly (including lectures and problem solving sessions), 4-hr laboratory weekly (10 weeks)


3-hr examination (60%), laboratory (35%), assignments (5%)

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