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CHEMISTRY

Major combinations:
NQF Level: 5: CHE1501 (or XHE1501), CHE1502 (or XHE1502), CHE1503, MAT1512 (or XAT1512)
NQF Level: 6: CHE2611, CHE2612, CHE2613, CHE2614, CHE2621, CHE2622, CHE2623, CHE2624
NQF Level: 7: CHE3701, CHE3702, CHE3703, CHE3704, CHE3721, CHE3722, CHE3723, CHE3724

Inorganic Chemistry II (Theory) - CHE2611
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 8
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE1501 (or XHE1501), CHE1502 (or XHE1502) & CHE1503
Purpose: This module is aimed at introducing learners to the fundamental concepts of inorganic chemistry, valence bond and molecular orbital theory, theory of acids and bases, properties of metallic and ionic solids and a limited introduction to coordination chemistry and transition metal complexes
Physical Chemistry III - CHE3702
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE2612, CHE2622 & MAT1512 (or XAT1512)
Purpose: To enable students to gain insight into changes of state, equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetic theory of gases, transport and diffusion and molecular reaction dynamics.
Physical Chemistry II (Theory) - CHE2612
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 8
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE1501 (or XHE1501), CHE1502 (or XHE1502), CHE1503, MAT1512 (or XAT1512) Co-requisite: MAT1512 (or XAT1512)
Purpose: To enable students to explain and apply concepts of physical chemistry and demonstrate their understanding of the laws of thermodynamics and changes of state. These concepts include properties of gases, the first law of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, state functions and exact differentials, adiabatic changes, the second and third laws of thermodynamics, energies of a system, the physical transformations of pure substances and simple mixtures.
Organic Chemistry III - CHE3703
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE2613 & CHE2623
Purpose: To enable students to gain insight into and demonstrate an understanding of stereochemistry and conformational analysis, reaction mechanisms, applications of spectroscopic methods, carbanions, polyfunctional compounds, orbital symmetry and synthesis.
Organic Chemistry II (Theory) - CHE2613
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 8
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE1501 (or XHE1501), CHE1502 (or XHE1502), CHE1503
Purpose: To enable students to apply fundamental organic chemistry principles and basic mechanistic theory as well as stereochemistry to predict the outcome of addition, elimination and substitution reactions; aromaticity and electrophilic and nucleophilic aromatic substitution reactions of benzene derivatives; reactions of carbonyl, carboxylic acids and carboxylic acid derivatives.
Analytical Chemistry III - CHE3704
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE2614 & CHE2624
Purpose: To enable students to demonstrate their understanding of electroanalytical methods, molecular and atomic absorption spectrophotometry, atomic emission and absorption spectrophotometry, chromatography and extraction methods.
Analytical Chemistry II (Theory) - CHE2614
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 8
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE1501 (or XHE1501), CHE1502 (or XHE1502) & CHE1503
Purpose: To provide students with knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts of analytical chemistry, which include analytical measurement, statistical evaluation of data and quantitative analysis.
Inorganic Chemistry III (Practical) Semester 2 only - CHE3721
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 3
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CHE3701
Purpose: The purpose of this course is to motivate student to understand the fundamental concepts of electronic structure and spectra in the metal complexes and coordination compounds and organometallic Chemistry.
Inorganic Chemistry II (Practical) Semester 1 only - CHE2621
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 4
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CHE2611
Purpose: The acquisition and demonstration of laboratory skills and techniques associated with the theoretical concepts covered in module CHE2611.
Physical Chemistry III (Practical) Semester 1 only - CHE3722
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 3
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CHE3702
Purpose: The purpose of the Physical Chemistry practical course is to facilitate and improve the understanding of the theory covered in Module CHE3702, and to direct you, the student, towards the awareness that the theory which you are studying is based on reality and is applicable to experimentation and measurements:
Physical Chemistry II (Practical) Semester 2 only - CHE2622
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 4
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CHE2612
Purpose: The acquisition and demonstration of laboratory skills and techniques associated with the theoretical concepts covered in module CHE2612.
Organic Chemistry III (Practical) Semester 1 only - CHE3723
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 3
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CHE3703
Purpose: The purpose of the module is to enable learners to gain and demonstrate Organic Chemistry laboratory skills and techniques, process and present data in a scientific way and make meaningful conclusions based on theory and practical knowledge.
Organic Chemistry II (Practical) Semester 2 only - CHE2623
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 4
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CHE2613
Purpose: The acquisition and demonstration of laboratory skills and techniques associated with the theoretical concepts covered in module CHE2613.
Analytical Chemistry III (Practical) Semester 2 only - CHE3724
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 3
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CHE3704
Purpose: This module is to equip learners with a sound understanding of further concepts on the sample pre-treatment and instrumental analysis techniques and how they could be applied in solving real life problems. Students accredited with this module should be able to prepare real samples for analysis, select suitable sample pre-treatment and instrumental methods of analysis to generate quality creditable data to address the fundamental question of how much and what is it.
Analytical Chemistry II (Practical) Semester 1 only - CHE2624
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 4
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CHE2614
Purpose: The acquisition and demonstration of laboratory skills and techniques associated with the theoretical concepts covered in module CHE2614.
Inorganic Chemistry IV - CHE4801
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Coordination Complexes, Electronic structures and bonding in transition metal complexes, Electronic Spectra, colors, Redox and magnetic properties of transition metal complexes, Reaction mechanisms, Introduction to organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis,Introduction to Bioinorganic Chemistry, Synthetic methods in Coordination Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry II (Theory) - INC251U
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 4
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE181T & CHE1PRA
Purpose: Chemical bonding; a more advanced study of ionic bonding; introduction to chemical reactions and factors that determine their possibility and rate; acids and bases; precipitate and complex formation in aqueous solutions; redox chemistry and derivation of oxidation state diagrams; hydrogen; group I (Na, Li, K); group II (Mg, Ca); group III (B, Al); group IV (C, Si, Ge, Sn, Pb); group V (N, P); group VI (O, S); group VII (F, Cl, Br, I). Appropriate laboratory work.
Physical Chemistry IV - CHE4802
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Molecular and thermodynamic basis for chemical phenomena.
Inorganic Chemistry II (Practical) - INC2PRA
Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 4
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: INC251U
Purpose: Appropriate laboratory work.
Organic Chemistry IV - CHE4803
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: The structure of organic compounds and its relationship to chemical bonding, stereochemistry and reactivity.
Introductory Chemistry - CHE1500
Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Chemical symbols, formulas and equations; properties of matter; structure of the atom and arrangements of electrons; chemical bonding and molecular structure; chemistry of certain main group elements, thermochemistry.
Organic Chemistry II (Theory) - ORC221F
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 4
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE181T & CHE1PRA
Purpose: Introduction - structure and properties; organic nomenclature; alkanes; alkylhalides; alkenes; alkynes; benzene; alcohols; ethers; phenols; aldehydes and ketones; carboxylic acids; derivatives of carboxylic acids; amines. Appropriate laboratory work.
Analytical Chemistry IV - CHE4804
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Theory and practice of instrumental methods of analysis: absorption spectroscopy, magnetic resonance, mass spectroscopy, electrometric methods and fundamental electronics.
General Chemistry IA - CHE1501
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable the student to demonstrate a basic understanding of classification and properties of matter and atomic theories, atomic structure and quantum numbers, the periodic table and periodicity, chemical bonding, the structure and nomenclature of inorganic compounds and ions, the mole concept and stoichiometry, solutions and concentrations, acids and bases, types of chemical reactions and introduction to rates of reactions and chemical equilibrium.
Organic Chemistry (Offered from 2021) - ORC2601
Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 8
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE181T, CHE1PRA Co-requisite: ORC2PRA
Purpose: To introduce the basic principles of organic chemistry; notation and schematic diagrams of organic chemistry; the chemistry of the common functional groups, and to describe the important reactions of these groups; to introduce basic concepts of reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry; to introduce some essential techniques of experimental organic chemistry.
Molecular Symmetry - CHE4805
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Quantum chemistry, molecular symmetry and group theory.
General Chemistry IB - CHE1502
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE1501
Purpose: To enable learners to explain and apply chemical bonding and introductory organic chemistry principles such as chemical bonding, physical properties, introduction to stereochemistry and the nature and behaviour of hydrocarbons, hydrocarbon derivatives (alkyl halides, alcohols and ethers), amines and carbonyl compounds (aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, acid halides, esters and amides).
Organic Chemistry II (Practical) - ORC2PRA
Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 4
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: ORC221F or ORC2601
Purpose: The purpose of the ORC2PRA module is to explain the general principles in Organic Chemistry and help the students demonstrate an understanding of the different laboratory techniques in practical organic chemistry. The ORC2PRA module highlights semi-micro techniques in organic chemistry and their applications in preparations, separations, purifications, analyses and physical determinations of different organic compounds.
Organic Polymer Chemistry - CHE4806
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Co-requisite: CHE4803
Purpose: Polymer Concepts: Basic Principles; Conventional Free Radical Polymerization; Copolymerization; Controlled/Living Free Radical Polymerization; Anionic and Cationic Polymerization Methods; Polymerization with Complex Coordination Catalysts; Step Growth Polymerization, Polymer Characterization.
General Chemistry I (Practical) - CHE1503
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE1501 Co-requisite: CHE1502
Purpose: Students accredited with this module can demonstrate basic-hands-on laboratory skills and techniques associated with some of the theoretical concepts covered in General Chemistry, which include types of chemical reactions, titrimetric methods of analysis, basic principles of physical chemistry and elementary organic reactions and techniques. Students will also be able to show theoretical concepts of general chemistry in a virtual chemistry laboratory (computer based). They will appreciate critical issues related to health, safety and the environment as work in the laboratory. The learners will be trained to solve problems individually and critical thinking will be initiated.
Physical Chemistry II (Theory) - PCH241P
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 7
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE181T, CHE1PRA
Purpose: Gases; chemical kinetics; chemical equilibrium; ionic equilibrium; activity coefficients; electrochemistry; colligative properties of solutions; colloids. Appropriate laboratory work.
Environmental Chemistry - CHE4807
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Chemical and allied industries in South Africa: Chemicals; Processes; Sources of chemicals; Environmental aspects. Environmental issues and the chemistry behind them: atmosphere; hydrosphere; biosphere; energy.
Chemistry I (Theory) - CHE181T
Diploma Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 8
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CHE1PRA
Purpose: This module is aimed at introducing learners to basic atomic theories, the electronic structure of atoms, the periodic table and periodicity, chemical bonding, behaviour of matter, stoichiometry, acids and bases, electrochemistry, chemical equilibrium and the chemistry of carbon. Student credited with this module will have an understanding of the basic concepts and applications of general chemistry which are critical for the fields of chemical engineering.
Physical Chemistry II (Practical) - PCH2PRA
Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 7
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: PCH241P
Purpose: The purpose of laboratory experiments in Physical Chemistry is to perform measurements, usually under controlled conditions, in order to illustrate, prove or disprove a theory or a scientific law.
Honours Project (Practical) - CHE4808
Honours Year module NQF level: 8 Credits: 36
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CHE4801, CHE4802, CHE4803 & CHE4804
Purpose: Students who complete this module will be able to compile a research proposal on a chemistry problem, conduct experimental work to investigate the problem, compile a scientific report on the findings, and disseminate the findings. Students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in this module in the chemistry industry and in teaching and research environments, and will be equipped to undertake further studies in Chemistry and related fields.
Chemistry I (Practical) - CHE1PRA
Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 4
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CHE181T
Purpose: This composite practical module is aimed at equipping students with basic-hands-on laboratory skills and techniques associated with some of the theoretical concepts covered in General Chemistry. Students accredited with this module will be able to demonstrate the theoretical concepts of general chemistry practically. They will learn to think critically and apply basic chemical techniques when solving problems.
Inorganic Chemistry III - CHE3701
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CHE2611 & CHE2621
Purpose: To enable students to gain insight into spectroscopy, advanced coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry and bioinorganic chemistry.