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DPST1032 deals with a range of fundamental concepts that can be used to explain various phenomena in chemistry, biology and material science. It enables students to further develop their knowledge of Chemistry and examines a diverse range of molecules and their reactions, focusing on applications such as drug development, functional materials, environmental chemistry, and renewable energies.

A key part of chemistry is to study the speed of chemical reactions providing a strong foundation for material covered later in the course.  The course introduces modern structure determination methods and the concepts of stereochemistry, which are important in understanding the shape and structure of chemicals.  The next section of the course provides an introduction to modern inorganic chemistry and use of the Periodic Table as a powerful predictive tool.  Important foci are the chemistries of main-group and transition metals.  Transition metal compounds, d-element electron configuration and the reaction mechanisms exhibited by transition metal chemistry are discussed.  The final section of the course introduces the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds and provides an introduction to the field by emphasising the reaction mechanisms that provide insight into how reactions of these molecules proceed.  Students are introduced to a range of chemical reactions that enable the preparation of new molecules starting from readily available materials. The course concludes with a summary of how these concepts are applicable to the chemistry of amino acids, peptides and proteins.

Faculty UNSW Global
Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 1, Term 2, Term 3



Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

UNSW Global Diplomas only (7001, 7002, 7003, 7004)

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