BSc(Ed) Chemistry Courses

AS 1 Chemistry Structure for BA/BSc (Ed) (Primary 2 CS Track)
AS 1 Chemistry Structure for BA/BSc (Ed) (Secondary)
Year Course Code Title Course Category No of AUs Pre-requisites
1 AAY10A Inorganic Chemistry I Core 3 -
AAY10B Physical Chemistry I Core 3 -
AAY10C Physical Chemistry II Core 3 AAY10B
AAY10D Organic Chemistry I Core 3 -
2 AAY20A Organic Spectroscopy: Techniques and Applications Core 3 AAY20D
AAY20B Analytical Chemistry I Core 3 AAY10C
AAY20C Inorganic Chemistry II Core 3 AAY10C
AAY20D Organic Chemistry II Core 3 AAY10D
AAY20E Experimental Techniques in Chemistry Core 3 All Yr 1 Chemistry courses
AAY20G Organometallic Chemistry Core 3 AAY20D & AAY20C
3 AAY30A Analytical Chemistry II Core 3 AAY20B
AAY30B Medicinal Chemistry Core 3 AAY20D & AAY20C
Select any 1 elective
AAY33A Polymer Chemistry and Technology Pres 3 AAY20D & AAY10C
AAY33B Asymmetric Synthesis Pres 3 AAY20D & AAY20C
AAY33C Green Chemistry Pres 3 AAY20D, AAY20C & AAY10C
AAY33D Food Chemistry Pres 3 AAY20D
4 AAY40A Bio-inorganic Chemistry Core 3 AAY20C
AAY40B Academic Exercise: Chemistry Core 3 -
AAY40C Materials Chemistry Core 3 AAY10C & AAY20C
AAY40D Environmental Chemistry Core 3 AAY10C, AAY30A & AAY20C
Total AUs for Degree 51 -

Please refer to the NIE Portal for the list of courses offered by semesters.

AS 1 Chemistry Structure for BA/BSc (Ed) (Primary 3 CS Track)
Year Course Code Title Course Category No of AUs Pre-requisites
1 AAY10A Inorganic Chemistry I Core 3 -
AAY10B Physical Chemistry I Core 3 -
AAY10C Physical Chemistry II Core 3 AAY10B
AAY10D Organic Chemistry I Core 3 -
2 AAY20A Organic Spectroscopy: Techniques and Applications Core 3 AAY20D
AAY20B Analytical Chemistry I Core 3 AAY10C
AAY20C Inorganic Chemistry II Core 3 AAY10C
AAY20D Organic Chemistry II Core 3 AAY10D
AAY20E Experimental Techniques in Chemistry Core 3 All Yr 1 Chemistry courses
AAY20G Organometallic Chemistry Core 3 AAY20D & AAY20C
3 AAY30A Analytical Chemistry II Core 3 AAY20B
Select any 1 elective
AAY33A Polymer Chemistry and Technology Pres 3 AAY20D & AAY10C
AAY33B Asymmetric Synthesis Pres 3 AAY20D & AAY20C
AAY33C Green Chemistry Pres 3 AAY20D, AAY20C & AAY10C
AAY33D Food Chemistry Pres 3 AAY20D
4 AAY40B Academic Exercise: Chemistry Core 3 -
AAY40D Environmental Chemistry Core 3 AAY10C, AAY30A & AAY20C
Total AUs for Degree 42 -

Please refer to the NIE Portal for the list of courses offered by semesters.

AS 2 Chemistry Structure for BA/BSc (Ed) (Secondary)
Year Course Code Title Course Category No of AUs Pre-requisites
1 AAY10A Inorganic Chemistry I Core 3 -
AAY10B Physical Chemistry I Core 3 -
AAY10C Physical Chemistry II Core 3 AAY10B
AAY10D Organic Chemistry I Core 3 -
Total AUs for Degree 12 -

Please refer to the NIE Portal for the list of courses offered by semesters.


Course Synopses

AAY10A Inorganic Chemistry I

This course covers the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry which includes atomic structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, concepts of acids and bases and the chemistry of main group elements. These topics are taught with special emphases on linkages to the current school curricula to enable students to have a deeper understanding of inorganic chemistry taught in school.

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AAY10B Physical Chemistry I

This is a fundamental course on physical chemistry. It aims to equip students with the knowledge to understand the behavior of gases and interpret chemical phenomena in terms of energy changes and equilibria. These topics are taught with special emphasis on linkages to the current school curricula.

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AAY10C Physical Chemistry II

This course covers the fundamental concepts of chemical kinetics, electrochemistry and redox chemistry. These topics are taught with special emphases on linkages to the current school curricula to enable students to have a deeper understanding of physical chemistry taught in school.
Pre-requisite: Physical Chemistry I

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AAY10D Organic Chemistry I

This course covers the fundamental concepts, mechanisms and practice of organic chemistry. Topics being covered include types of organic reaction mechanisms, properties, synthesis and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, benzene, aromatic compounds, alcohols, phenols, ethers, epoxides, aldehydes, ketones, amines, carboxylic acids and their derivatives. These topics are taught with special emphases on linkages to the current school curricula.

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AAY20A Organic Spectroscopy: Techniques and Applications

This course covers the fundamental principles of infrared, ultra violet-visible and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Principles of mass spectrometry will also be introduced. Students will acquire skills in the application of the above techniques for the structural elucidation of organic compounds. These topics are taught with special emphases on linkages to the current school curricula.
Pre-requisite: Organic Chemistry II

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AAY20B Analytical Chemistry I

This course covers the fundamental concepts and practice of analytical chemistry, which includes data handling and sample handling. Other basic techniques in analytical chemistry, including chromatography, UV-visible spectrometry, gravimetric analysis and electroanalysis are covered. Problem solving will be stressed in both the lecture and laboratory sessions.
Pre-requisite: Physical Chemistry II

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AAY20C Inorganic Chemistry II

This course aims to cover the fundamental concepts of coordination chemistry. Topics to be discussed include the structure, electronic properties, and reactivity of transition metal complexes. These topics are taught with special emphases on linkages to the current school curricula to enable students to have a deeper understanding of inorganic chemistry taught in school.
Pre-requisite: Inorganic Chemistry I

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AAY20D Organic Chemistry II

This course covers further concepts of organic chemistry which includes reactions of carbonyl compounds with alpha hydrogen atoms and pericyclic reactions. The disconnection approach to organic synthesis and factors controlling the stereochemical outcomes of the reactions will also be included. These topics are taught with special emphases on linkages to the current school curricula to enable students to have a deeper understanding of organic chemistry taught in school.
Pre-requisite: Organic Chemistry I

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AAY20E Experimental Techniques in Chemistry

This is a laboratory-based course. The course builds on the experimental skills acquired through the various chemistry courses offered in previous years. In this course, student teachers will learn experimental techniques and instrumental methods in advanced inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistry. It aims to bring student teachers to a high level of competence in synthesis, making careful chemical and physical measurements, making logical deductions and in communicating results accurately and precisely.
Pre-requisite: All Year 1 Chemistry Courses

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AAY20G Organometallic Chemistry

In this course, students will acquire knowledge on the structure, bonding, reactions and reaction mechanisms of important classes of organometallic compounds. They will also apply this knowledge to the understanding of homogeneous catalysis of organic reactions by transition metal complexes. The industrial importance of such catalysis will be emphasized.
Pre-requisite: Inorganic Chemistry II and Organic Chemistry II

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AAY30A Analytical Chemistry II

This course covers advanced analytical chemistry concepts and techniques, with a focus on atomic absorption and emission spectrometry, advanced separation techniques (including chromatography and capillary electrophoresis) and mass spectrometry. Relevant examples from interdisciplinary areas will be discussed to illustrate the applications of these techniques.
Pre-requisite: Analytical Chemistry I

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AAY30B Medicinal Chemistry

This course introduces the basic principles and practice of medicinal chemistry. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the drug discovery and development process and the mechanism of action of the main classes of drugs used for the treatment of human ailments. Chemical principles of herbal medicine will also be discussed.
Pre-requisite: Inorganic Chemistry II and Organic Chemistry II

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AAY33A Polymer Chemistry and Technology

This is a specialized course on the science and applications of polymers. It aims to equip students with the knowledge of fundamental concepts in polymer chemistry and how these relate to the macroscopic properties of polymers. The latest developments in polymer technology will also be taught in this course.
Pre-requisite: Physical Chemistry II and Organic Chemistry II

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AAY33B Asymmetric Synthesis

This course covers the various methodologies for the control of absolute stereochemistry in organic syntheses which includes asymmetric alkylation of enolates and aldol reactions using chiral auxiliaries. Chiral reagents/catalysts for asymmetric reductions, oxidations and Diels-Alder reactions will also be included. These topics are taught with special reference to the syntheses of biologically important drugs and of natural products based on asymmetric methods.
Pre-requisite: Inorganic Chemistry II and Organic Chemistry II

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AAY33C Green Chemistry

This course aims to familiarize students with the principles for the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. The ethics and practice of reducing the negative impact of chemical products and processes on human health and the environment will be emphasized.
Pre-requisite: Inorganic Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry II and Physical Chemistry II

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AAY33D Food Chemistry

This course covers the chemistry of carbohydrates, protein, lipids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. In addition, colours, flavor, and additives will be discussed. There will be an emphasis on the applied aspects of food chemistry with the help of real-world examples. Group work and laboratory experiments will be integrated into the course to help students to apply scientific principles in order to understand the chemical properties of foods.
Pre-requisite: Organic Chemistry II

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AAY40A Bio-inorganic Chemistry

This course aims to introduce students to the important roles played by metal ions in life processes. It emphasizes the structure and function of metal-binding sites found in metallobiomolecules, and how living organisms manage the uptake, transport and storage of metals. The mode of interaction of synthetic metal complexes with biomolecules will also be discussed, together with selected physical methods for structural elucidation in bio-inorganic chemistry.
Pre-requisite: Inorganic Chemistry II

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AAY40B Academic Exercise: Chemistry

This is a compulsory final year project that exposes students to all phases of the research process through inquiry-based learning strategies. These include the formulation of a research problem, setting of hypotheses, the design of experiments, data collection and analyses, and the discussion of results. The academic exercise provides opportunities for investigations in current research in the various disciplines of chemistry.

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AAY40C Materials Chemistry

This course aims to provide students with the fundamental knowledge for understanding the properties and applications of important classes of materials. Students will also be introduced to advanced techniques for the characterization of materials. Current trends in the field of materials chemistry will be discussed.
Pre-requisite: Inorganic Chemistry II and Physical Chemistry II

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AAY40D Environmental Chemistry

This course introduces students to the important aspects of environmental chemistry: sources, transport, reactions, sinks and effects of chemical species in air, water, land and living environments. The impact of human activity on the environment, and the management thereof, will also be addressed.
Pre-requisite: Inorganic Chemistry II, Analytical Chemistry II, and Physical Chemistry II

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