Saturday, 19 October 2019

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY


Course Description
Analytical chemistry is the science of measurement and identification of the chemical compounds that underlie most aspects of modern life and plays a central part within the chemical industry. It also involves the processing and communication of information about the composition and structure of matter.
The students will be expected to complete a total of 12 courses in each of the first two academic years. The first two years comprise Eight (8) core chemistry courses covering the traditional areas of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as a basic grounding in mathematics and computer skills (including use of the World Wide Web). In the final two years, in addition to the traditional core chemistry courses designed for chemistry majors, students will choose from specialist options in the field of analytical chemistry. They will  also undertake a small analytical chemistry-type research project and/or dissertation in your final fourth year.
Objectives of the Course

At the end of the course the graduate will:

  1. Have  gained    the    specialist    analytical    skills,    techniques    and methodologies
  2. Have gained hands-on experience of the major analytical techniques on analyzing samples from a wide range of sources
  3. Carry out projects that will avail the opportunity to carry out in-depth studies developing new methods and assays.
  4. Have gained a broad solid foundation in Chemistry.

Entry Requirements

A candidate who wishes to register must have the minimum University general admissions requirements.
In addition to meeting (a) above, candidates wishing to register for Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry must have any of the following:
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or equivalent qualifications, with passes in at least three subjects in either of the following two alternatives (A or B),

Alternative A

Alternative B

Chemistry   C+

Physical Sciences C+

Biology        C+

Biological Sciences         C+

Physics       C+

Geography            C+

Geography C+

Mathematics                  C+

Mathematics         C+

 

 

Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE), or equivalent qualification with at least two principal passes (of which one must be in chemistry)
Ordinary Diploma/Higher National Diploma or equivalent qualifications in the sciences with at least a pass
 
Science/Technical Diploma from Teachers Training Colleges or equivalent qualifications in the sciences
A science/technology based degree or a non science based degree with a minimum of C+ in chemistry or its equivalent from an institution recognized by the University
candidates who may not have fulfilled conditions in (b) above may be considered for admission provided they present evidence of having undertaken and passed relevant bridging courses from an institution recognized by the University and MUST have scored at least grade C in the subject(s) for which bridging has been undertaken.

Credit Transfer and Exemptions

A candidate may be exempted from some course units and credit transferred from approved institutions, subject to the following conditions.
Request for exemption should be made in writing, on admission, addressed to the Dean, School of Physical Sciences and must be accompanied by officially endorsed supporting documents including the institutions syllabuses for the relevant courses
No candidate shall be exempted from more than one third of the total number of units required for a course
A candidate may be required to sit and pass applicable University of Nairobi examinations in the relevant course units, provided they have paid the appropriate examination fees
Payment of appropriate exemption fees

Course Duration
 
The course shall be evaluated in terms of units; a course unit being defined as a series of 45 one- hour lecture equivalents. For this purpose one 1-hour lecture is equivalent to one 2-hour tutorial or one 3-hour practical or any combination of these that may be recommended by the School Board and approved by Senate.
Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree shall take a minimum of 44 units during the four years study.

Course Outline

First Year

 

All units COMPULSORY

Units

Hrs

SCH 101:    General and Inorganic Chemistry

1

45

SCH 102:     Chemistry of Alkanes and cycloalkanes

1

45

SCH 103:    General and Physical Chemistry

1

45

SCI 104:      Foundations of Computer Science

1

45

SCA 101:    Safety Methods in the Laboratory

1

45

SMA 101:    Basic Mathematics

1

45

SMA 103:    Calculus 1

1

45

SMA 104:    Calculus 2

1

45

SCI 101:      Elements of Physics I

1

45

Common Undergraduate Courses

 

 

CCS 001:    Communication Skills

1

45

CCS 009:    Elements of Economics

1

45

CCS 010:    HIV and AIDS

1

45

Second Year

 

All units COMPULSORY

SCH 201:    Chemistry of the Main Block Elements

1

45

SCH 202:    The Chemistry of Alkyl Halides, Alcohols, Ethers Alkenes, Alkynes and Aromatic Compounds

1

45

SCH 203:    Thermodynamics I and Thermochemistry

1

45

SCH 204:    Introduction to Reaction Kinetics and Electrochemistry

1

45

SCH 205:    Group Theory and its Chemical Applications

1

45

SCH 206:    Organic Acids, Amines, Esters and Phenols

1

45

SCE 201:    Introduction to Environmental Chemistry

1

45

SCI 202:      Introduction to unit operations

1

45

SCI 203:      Elements of Physics (II)

1

45

SCA 201     Quantitative Analysis

 

 

SMA 208:    Ordinary Differential Equations

1

45

SMA 209:    Elements of Algebra

1

45

Third Year

 

Core Units

SCH 301     Theory of Spectroscopy

1

45

SCH 302:    Stereochemistry and Synthesis of Organic Compounds

1

45

SCH 303

Thermodynamic II and Phase Equilibria

1

45

SCH 304

Coordination Chemistry

1

45

SCH 305

Amino acids, Peptides, Proteins Carbohydrates and Nucleic acids

1

45

SCA 301

Instrumental Methods of Analysis I

1

45

SCA 302

Instrumental Methods of Analysis II

1

45

SCA 305

Statistics for Chemists

1

45

Elective Units

 

 

SCA 303

Separation Techniques and Chromatography

1

45

SCA 304

Computer Applications in Chemistry

1

45

SCE 304

Chemical Toxicology

1

45

SCH 306:

Spectroscopy as Applied to Organic Chemistry

1

45

Fourth Year

 

Core Units

SCH 401

Chemistry of Transition Elements

1

45

SCH 402

Heterocyclic Chemistry

1

45

SCH 403

Surface and Colloid Chemistry

1

45

SCH 404

Organometallic Chemistry

1

45

SCH 405

Further Chemical Kinetics and Electrochemistry

1

45

SCA 401

Electroanalytical Chemistry

1

45

SCA 402

Quantitation and Analytical Chemistry of Pollutants

1

45

SCA 403

Nanochemistry: A Chemical Approach to Nanomaterials

1

45

Elective Units

 

 

SCA 404     Thermal Analysis and Polymer Characterization Methods

1

45

SCA 405     Research Project in Analytical Chemistry

1

45

SCH 406     Solid State Chemistry

1

45

SCH 407     Statistical Thermodynamics

1

45

SCE 406     Hazardous Waste Management

1

45