Master of Science Degree in Chemistry

1.0 Programme Objectives

The objectives of the Graduate and Postgraduate Degree programmes in Chemistry are the following:

(a) To train students to acquire advanced skills and knowledge in the chemical sciences required by government, parastatals and the private sector

(b) To develop in students the creative flair and patience necessary to independ-ently

undertake and execute research work

(c) To kindle in students the desire to investigate indigenous natural resources derived from plants, animals, and minerals for development

(d) To enhance the training capacity of the Chemistry Department by developing economically and socially relevant curricula in the chemical sciences.

2.0 Departmental Regulations for the Master of Science Degree

2.1 Entrance Requirements

To enter into any of the Master of Science degree programmes, a student must satisfy one of the following requirements:

(a) A Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from a recognized university or equivalent institution of higher learning with a minimum achievement of 3.0 GPA on a 5- point scale;

(b) A Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry with a pass (GPA of 2.00-2.99 on a 5-point scale) from a recognised university or equivalent institution of higher learning. In addition, applicants must also have at least two years of relevant experience in Chemistry.

2.2 Programme Structure

2.2.1 The Master of Science

Degree programmes in chemistry are by coursework and dissertation, extending over two years, including the intervening long vacation period. The coursework is normally conducted during the first academic year and is followed by a supervised original research project extending over the second year of study.

2.2.2 Students enrolled in the Master of Science programmes must take and normally pass 24 credits in the core and specialization courses before proceeding to the dissertation. The duration of the Master of Science programmes shall be as stipulated in General Regulation 40.32.

2.3 Course Listing

Semester 1

Common Core Courses:

CHE651 Separation Science and Spectrometry (3 credits)

CHE621 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 credits)

CHE631 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3 credits)

CHE641 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3 credits)

Semester 2

2.3.1 Analytical Chemistry Core Courses

CHE653 Electro analytical Chemistry (3 credits)

CHE655 Process Instrumentation and Sample Handling (3 credits) Pre –req CHE 651

CHE657 Chemometrics (3 credit) Pre-req CHE 651

Optional Courses

CHE652 Analytical Spectrometry (3 credits) Pre-req CHE 651)

CHE656 Applications of Analytical Chemistry (3 credits) Pre req CHE 651

CHE654 Hyphenated Techniques (3 credits) Pre req (CHE 651)

CHE658 Special Techniques in Analytical (3credits ) (Pre req CHE 651)

2.3.2 Inorganic Chemistry Core Courses

CHE622 Physical Methods in Inorganic Chem -

(Pre-req CHE621) (3)

CHE623 Kinetics and Mechanism of Reactions in Inorganic Chemistry(2)

CHE624 Structure and Reactivity in Inorganic Chemistry (3)

Optional Courses

CHE625 Chemistry of the Solid State, Metals and Semiconductors (2)

CHE626 Main Group Chemistry (2)

CHE627 Organometallic Chem in Homogeneous Catalysis and Synthesis (2)

2.3.3 Organic Chemistry Core Courses:

CHE632 Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry - Pre-req CHE631 (3 credits)

CHE634 Methods and Design of Organic Synthesis (2 credits)

CHE636 Advanced Laboratory Synthesis (2 credits)

CHE638 Introduction to Chem and Biosynthesis of Natural Products (3 credits)

Optional Courses

CHE630 Organic Chemistry of Primary Metabolites (2 credits)

CHE633 Organic Free Radical Chemistry and Photochemistry (2 credits)

CHE635 Polycyclic and Heterocyclic Aromatic Chemistry (2 credits)

CHE637 Advanced Organic Synthesis (2)

2.3.4 Physical Chemistry Core Courses:

CHE642 Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy (3)

CHE644 Interfacial Phenomena - Pre-req CHE641 (3)

Optional Courses

CHE646 Polymer Chemistry - Pre-req CHE 641(3)

CHE648 Advanced Chem. Kinetics - Pre-req CHE641 (3)

CHE649 Diffraction Methods (3)

Students may take optional courses from any of the four sections of Chemistry. Optional courses may also be taken from other Faculty Departments at the appropriate level, by permission of the Chemistry Board and by the department offering the course.

Semester 3

CHE751 Dissertation (Analytical Chemistry) (12 credits)

Semester 4

CHE751 Dissertation (Analytical Chemistry) (12 credits)

2.4 Assessment and Examination

2.4.1 The coursework shall be continuously assessed. Continuous assessment shall consist of written tests, assignments, seminar-type presentations on assigned materials, laboratory exercises, etc. There shall be a formal examination of all courses taken in each semester. The ratio between continuous assessment and formal examination marks shall be 1:1.

2.4.2 The examination of dissertations and theses shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of General Regulations 50.50 through 50.61.4.