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. This unit represents the culmination of physical and structural chemistry study within the Chemistry major as part of the Bachelor of Science.

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), IR, Raman, UV-Vis spectroscopy, the stereochemistry of inorganic and organic compounds and various aspects of the computational chemistry of materials.

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
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry
Coordinator Associate Professor Stuart Thickett
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Predict spectroscopic activity of molecules based on relevant selection rules and symmetry elements.
  • Describe and explain methods of probing molecular structure to understand their properties.
  • Resolve complex structure determination problems by analysing, interpreting and predicting spectral data.
  • Perform safe laboratory practice by following correct reporting and physical processes.
  • Communicate in scientific writing using discipline-specific terminology and molecular structure representation.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010500 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,836.00

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KRA241 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry OR KRA224 Chemistry 2A Organic and Bioinorganic OR KRA242 Physical and Analytical Chemistry

Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

Approximately 140 total contact hours for the unit across the entire semester. These include specific face-to-face activities –  3 hours of lecture content and tutorial sessions per week,  and 10 x 4-hour laboratory sessions across the semester.

AssessmentAssignments (20%)|End-of-semester examination (20%)|Mid-semester Examination (20%)|Lab reports (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Physical Chemistry, 11th edition, Peter Atkins, Juilo de Paula and James Keeler, ISBN: 9780198769866, Oxford University Press

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