Message from the Chairman of the Department 3
How to use this Handbook 3
Aims and Objectives, Teaching and Examinations 6
Examination Conventions in Chemistry 9
Examination Conventions in Chemistry 13
First Year 2009 - 2010 17
Second Year 2009 - 2010 21
Third Year 2009 - 2010 23
Fourth Year 2009 - 2010 24
Recommended Core Textbooks 26
Calculators for Written Examinations in Chemistry 26
Important Dates 27
DATES OF FULL TERM 2009-10
DATES OF EXTENDED TERM for Part II Candidates in Chemistry 2009-10 27
DATES OF EXTENDED TERM for Part II Candidates in Chemistry 2010-11 27
Important dates for the Diary
Syllabus for Prelims 2009 29
Syllabus for Part IA 2009 32
Syllabus for Part IB 2009 36
Academic Staff 44
University Policies 46
This Handbook for the Academic Year 2009-10 has been produced in the Chemistry Faculty Office. Suggestions for future editions are always welcome: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oxford Chemistry offers world-class teaching and research. The Oxford Chemistry Department is one of the largest, if not the largest, in the world. Each year 195-200 chemists graduate from our unique four-year course, spending their final year working full-time on a project with internationally leading researchers, while 80 graduate researchers receive doctorates. The Department has ten active Fellows of the Royal Society and has produced four Nobel prizewinners.
World class chemistry research facilities are provided by our new Chemistry Research Laboratory and new, state of the art, teaching laboratories are under construction. All this activity however rests on the base of the undergraduates reading the subject and the quality of those who take the course. For this reason we see this provision of facilities and excellent highly interactive teaching for undergraduates as an absolutely core part of our enterprise. Chemistry is the essential enabling science and the Oxford chemistry course reflects the importance of this.
Professor Steve Davies
First Year students should read the whole Handbook. Those in subsequent years need only look at the relevant year sections.
Appendices give the lecture contents relevant for the various Examinations. Also given are some important e-mail addresses for contacting members of the Academic Staff, a short reading list for the First Years and information about the Chemist’s Joint Consultative Committee (CJCC).
Members of the Academic Staff will be happy to answer any questions you might have, but for particular information about College teaching, students should contact their Tutors.
Further information about the course can be obtained from the Department of Chemistry Website www.chem.ox.ac.uk and from the Faculty Office in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory.
Lecture timetables are subject to change. Full and up to date information on lecture timetables may be found on the Department's lecture timetable web page: http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/teaching/timetables.html or in diary form from the main Chemistry web page: http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/ by clicking on Lecture Timetable.
The Examination times given in this handbook are based on information available in August - September 2009. They are only a rough guide, and the definitive times are those published by the Examiners. For up to date information regarding the Examinations check on the web page: http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/teaching/examindex.html.
The Oxford Chemistry School has recently been admitting around 195 - 200 undergraduates per year, at least one third of these being women. There are approximately 65 full-time Professors and Lecturers with a large support staff.
For the locations of lecture theatres and practical laboratories see the map on the back cover.
Undergraduates will find most of their needs met by well-resourced College libraries. If your library is without a book you need, you should tell your Tutor or your College Librarian or inform the librarians in the Radcliffe Science Library . The Radcliffe Science Library (RSL) in Parks Road has a comprehensive collection of chemistry books and journals which you may borrow provided you have your university card with you. The RSL is now both a reference and a lending library and incorporates all the books that were formerly in the Hooke Lending Library. It is an invaluable resource for students. Access to the RSL is from Parks Road.
The RSL has a web page detailing both print and electronic chemistry resources available, http://www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/rsl/e-resources/chemistry_subject_guide.
There are a number of networked computers in the IT Centre in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory. All undergraduates can use this open access computing facility, and will be timetabled to undertake practicals in small groups using these computers. The Colleges all have computing facilities for their undergraduates and there is a University-wide network, which enables students to access departmental sites, the practical course and the Internet, without charge.
Undergraduates will also receive an e-mail account on the University computing system. All new users will be asked to sign an undertaking to abide by the University rules on the use of computers, http://www.ict.ox.ac.uk/oxford/rules/. The URL for the University Computing Service is http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/
The Chemistry Department follows the general guidelines laid down by the University in regard to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 (http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/councilsec/dp/index.shtml for details).
Academic Staff have pigeonholes in the buildings where they have offices and in their Colleges. There is a messenger service between Colleges and Departments. Staff may also be contacted by telephone or by e-mail. Most of them prefer e-mail, which is usually the most efficient way. A list of e-mail addresses and college affiliations is given in Appendix F.
Much administrative information about the course and the Examinations is sent to students by e-mail. It is very important therefore that students using e-mail accounts other than their college account (email@example.com), set the forwarding facility appropriately and check their e-mail regularly. The majority of information that is sent from the Faculty, for example regarding last minute lecture changes, examination information and deadlines that need to be met, is sent to individual students using e-mail. It is therefore necessary for mailboxes to be kept clear at all times.
The CJCC is a forum for the exchange of views concerning the undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The matters covered by this Committee include:
Meetings are held twice a term (except in Trinity Term when there is only one meeting). Colleges are paired, and each pair of Colleges provides a representative for one year. For further details see the web pages at: http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/ teaching/oxfordonly/CJCCfolder/CJCCindex.html.
The CJCC comprises fourteen undergraduate members, three postgraduate representatives and six senior members. It is chaired by the Director of Studies. While most of the discussion concerns undergraduate matters there is a standing item on the agenda for graduate matters so that points of concern to graduate students can be discussed.
The MPLS Division has a similar forum with a broader agenda, on which the chemistry department has student representation.