|Degree Code:||Degree Name:||MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY|
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|Admission Requirements||View Details|
(a) The common regulations for the Masters degrees in the School of Physical Sciences shall apply.
(b) In addition to meeting (a) above, candidates wishing to register for Master of Science in Inorganic Chemistry must have any of the following:
(i) A degree of the University of Nairobi of at least an Upper Second Class Honours in Chemistry or equivalent from any other institution recognized by the Senate.
(ii) A lower Second Class honours degree of the University of Nairobi in Chemistry or equivalent from any other institution recognized by the Senate plus at least two years relevant research/work experience.
(iii) A pass degree of the University of Nairobi in Chemistry or equivalent from any other institution recognized by the Senate plus at least five years relevant research/work experience
In the first year all students are required to take ten units. Eight of these are the Core Units and the remaining two chosen from the elective units. On successful completion of the first year, students devote the second year to research in a given area and writing up of an MSc Thesis.
|Duration and Mode of Study||View Details|
(i) The course shall be evaluated in terms of units; a course unit being defined as 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.
(ii) The course consists of coursework, continuous assessment, written examination and a research project.
(iii) The continuous assessment shall comprise tests, assignments, practical in certain units and term papers.
(iv) The candidate shall be required to take 10 course units; 9 of which shall be core and 1 elective.
(v) In second year the candidate shall undertake a mandatory research and thesis equivalent to eight course units.
(vi) The course shall be covered in a minimum of four (4) and maximum of eight (8) semesters of 15 weeks each.
Mode of study
Day programme: MONDAY- FRIDAY 8 AM -5 PM
Evening programme: This is tailored for those working during normal working hours. MONDAY- FRIDAY 5.30 PM - 8.30 PM; SATURDAY 8 AM - 5 PM
|Examinations Regulations||View Details|
1 Written examinations
1.1 A candidate shall not be allowed to sit any examination unless he or she has attended at least two thirds of the total lecture hours.
1.2 Each unit shall be examined by a two hour written examination at the end of the semester during which the course is offered.
1.3 The end of semester examination shall constitute 70% of the total marks in each course while the continuous assessment shall constitute 30%. Continuous assessment shall comprise of assignments, tests, term papers and practical where applicable.
1.4 Pass mark for each course unit shall be 50%
1.5 In order to proceed to the second year, a candidate must pass in all ten course units.
1.6 A candidate who fails in not more than two course units (score of 40—49 %) shall be allowed to take supplementary examinations in the failed units in accordance with The School of Physical Sciences’ Regulations and Senate's approval
1.7 A candidate who scores less than 40 % in a unit shall be discontinued
1.8 The maximum score for a supplementary examination shall be 50%.
1.9 A candidate who fails in more than three courses or does not pass in the supplementary examinations shall be discontinued from the programme.
2 Thesis examination
2.1 The Second year of study shall be by thesis (equivalent to eight units) based on a research proposal submitted and approved by the end of first year. The thesis shall be examined in accordance with the common Regulations of the University of Nairobi for the Masters Degrees in all Schools and Faculties.
2.2 Each candidate will submit, with approval of supervisors, a duly completed thesis for examination. The candidate shall defend the research findings at a Board of Examiners meeting recommended by the School.
C. OTHER CHARGES:
D. All fees due should be paid before registration can be effected.
E. Appropriate field work fee shall be charged separately.
F. These are the minimum recommended research funds in each category.
Fees will be payable by Money Order or Bankers Cheques only drawn in favour of University of Nairobi Enterprises and Services (UNES) Limited.
The Fees indicated below do not include accommodation, personal maintenance costs, books and stationery.
A book allowance of about 40,000/= will be required.
|objectives of the course||View Details|
Inorganic Chemistry is concerned with the study of the synthesis, structure and behaviour of chemical compounds. It is the only chemistry discipline that examines specifically the differences among all the different kinds of atoms.
Graduate students will in addition to the traditional areas of chemistry take courses in descriptive inorganic and physical inorganic chemistry. They will also be introduced to bioinorganic chemistry, inorganic polymers, research methods, reaction kinetics and synthetic chemistry.
|Level : 1|
|Semester: Non Specified|
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|SCH504||Kinetics And Mechanisms Of Inorganic Reactions||45||View Description|
Kinetics And Mechanisms Of Inorganic Reactions Description
Reaction mechanisms of transition metal compounds: Structures, conformations and oxidation states; Ligand substitution reactions in square planar, octahedral and other geometries; Factors affecting the rate of substitution, nature of the ligands and metal in the complex; Oxidation/reduction reactions: Classification, outer spheres electron transfer theory, differentiation of inner and outer sphere mechanisms, bridging ligand effect in inner sphere reactions, intervalence electron transfer; The kinetics of trans and cis effect, trans effect of entering and leaving ligands, metal complexation, stereochemistry of the products; Mechanisms of selected inorganic reactions in the atmosphere; Drug synthesis and other industrial products.
|SCH503||Bioinorganic Chemistry||45||View Description|
Bioinorganic Chemistry Description
The role of coordination chemistry in biological compounds; Metallobiomolecules: Role of small molecule models in investigation of structure and function of metals found therein; Metal management: Uptake, transport, storage and detoxification; Oxygen carrier and electron-transfer proteins; Vitamin B12 coenzymes; Nitrogenises; Substrate binding and activation; Atom and group transfer chemistry; Metal homeostasis, ion channels; Chemistry of bioinorganic drugs: Chelating agents, anticancer drugs based on platinum and gold; Anti-arthritic agents and metal ion complexes used as imaging agents in medicine.
|SCH502||Physical Methods In Inorganic Chemistry||45||View Description|
Physical Methods In Inorganic Chemistry Description
Development of the theory of spectroscopy as applied to ultra violet-visible, infrared and rotational spectroscopy; Rate of transition and comparison with experimental quantities; Integrated absorption coefficient of known molecules and oscillator strength; Derivation of Boltzmann distribution and its application to atomic absorption spectroscopy; Mossbauer effect theory and chemical shifts in X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy; Inorganic NMR, Electronic Spectroscopy; X-ray absorption, X-ray crystallography; Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS); Mass spectroscopy and electrochemistry; Electron spin resonance and inductive coupled plasma-mass spectrophotometer.
|SCH505||Inorganic Polymers And Photochemistry||45||View Description|
Inorganic Polymers And Photochemistry Description
Inorganic polymers: Definition and special characteristics of inorganic polymers, preparation and structures of two, three, four and greater than four network polymers; Hydrocarbon compounds of group IV and V other than carbon;Polyphosphates, ultra phosphates, borophosphate; Boron nitride, polymeric sulphur nitride; Silicate glasses, borosilicate glasses, silanes, glass ceramics; Applications of inorganic polymers; Nano technology; Photochemistry of coordination compounds: excited state population, properties, electronic structure and thermodynamics; Modes of excited states deactivation; Photochemical reactions and mechanism of inorganic compounds and classification; Photochemistry of inorganic polymers; Environmental photochemistry and photo catalysis.
|SCH501||Advanced Organometallic Chemistry||45||View Description|
Advanced Organometallic Chemistry Description
Review of Crystal Field Theory; Ligand Field Theory and Molecular Orbital Theory;
Structure, bonding and properties of organometallic compounds with б-donor, p- donor and p-acceptor ligands; Structural elucidation methods; Types of organometallic reactions; Ligand substitution; Oxidative addition/reductive elimination; Migratory insertion; Attack of coordinated ligand and the reactivity of metallocycles; Carbenes and carbines; Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis; Metal clusters; Applications of organometallic compounds. Practicals
|SCE502||Advanced Water Chemistry (elective)||45||View Description|
Advanced Water Chemistry (elective) Description
Review of water structure, sources and uses; Properties, effects and significance; characteristics of water; Solublities of nitrogen, oxygen, sulphur, and phosphorus in water; Their sources, behaviour and significance of their aqueous solutions; Carbon dioxide and carbonate species, alkalinity and carbonate equilibria; Redox equilibria in natural waters: Significance, electron activity expressed as pE, pE-pH diagrams; Water analysis and water purification techniques; Pollution in the context of ecological cycle, water quality requirements; Classes of water pollution: Chemical, physical and biological pollution; Transport of chemical constituents in surface and groundwater; Application of fluid mechanics to problems of pollutant transport and mixing in the water environment; Behaviour of hazardous waste contaminants, organic pollution and the role of microorganisms; Pollution of large water masses and its effects on the food chain; Eutrophication; Application of the principles of chemistry, rate processes, fluid dynamics, and process engineering to define and solve water treatment problems by flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, oxidation, aeration, and adsorption; Natural purification systems; Freshwater resources: Marine extinctions, introduced species and changing patterns of marine diversity, impact of chemical flows, corrosion.
|SCA509||Analytical Procedures In Environmental Chemical Analysis (elective)||45||View Description|
Analytical Procedures In Environmental Chemical Analysis (elective) Description
The chemistry of soil, water, and the atmosphere; Soil: Gross structure of soil, soil acidity and basicity, the organic and inorganic components of soils; Plant nutrients, pollution and wastes (including land filling); Water: Physical properties and structure of water, the water cycle, water quality measurements, sewage treatment, drinking water disinfection, industrial waste water, water analysis; Atmosphere: Structure and composition of the atmosphere, aerosols, ozone (including the ozone hole), sulphur, nitrogen oxides, carbon oxides; Atmospheric reactions (including smog formation); Indoor air pollution; Students are required to write an essay on an assigned topic in each section. Stages in analytical procedures: Problem formulation and planning, sampling strategies, sample manipulation, conservation, storage and work-up; Extraction, clean-up, preconcentration, derivatization; Instrumental analysis, Data evaluation and method validation; Methods for determination of ultra-trace concentrations of inorganic, organometallic and organic compounds in air, soil, water, sediment and biota. Practicals
|SCH507||Special Topics In Inorganic Chemistry (elective)||45||View Description|
Special Topics In Inorganic Chemistry (elective) Description
Topics of current research interest in inorganic chemistry including, but not limited to s- and p-Block chemistry, d- and f-Block chemistry, group theory, coordination chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, water chemistry, organometallic chemistry, inorganic polymers, soil chemistry, metallurgy, quantum chemistry, nanochemistry, inorganic synthesis, electronic spectroscopy, inorganic NMR, X-ray crystallography, atomic absorption spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, electron spin resonance and material science .
|SCH508||Chemical Applications Of Group Theory||45||View Description|
Chemical Applications Of Group Theory Description
Symmetry aspects of molecular orbital theory and molecular orbital energy level diagrams; Hybrid orbitals for ABn systems; Application of group theory to electronic spectra of complexes; Charge transfer and vibrational spectra; Ab initio calculations.
|SCH511||Advanced Organic Synthesis||45||View Description|
Advanced Organic Synthesis Description
Survey of synthetic methods; Cycloaddition and related reactions; Diels-Alder reactions; Photochemical cycloaddition; Allowed and non-allowed reactions; Alkylation; Claisen- Schmidt, Mannich, Michael and related condensations; Sulphur and phosphorus ylides: The Wittig reaction; Reduction and oxidation reactions; Group protective reagents; Introduction to concepts of Green Chemistry and synthetic design.
|SCH521||Advanced Chemical Thermodynamics||45||View Description|
Advanced Chemical Thermodynamics Description
Real gases: Equation of state and reduced equations, Hm, Cp and Sm for a real gas; Solutions: Fugacity of solutions, activity and standard states, dilute solutions and activity coefficients; Deby-Huckel theory and the derivation of activity coefficients; Phase equilibria: Two, three and more phases in equilibria, multicomponent systems using Gibbs-Duhem equation; Experimental methods: Different types of calorimetry.
|DMS502||Research Methods||45||View Description|
Research Methods Description
Overview of business research; Role of business research; the research process; Quantitative and qualitative research techniques; Critical approaches: Text and discourse analysis; Problem definition and research proposal; Research designs and samples; Data collection, measurement and scaling; Data analysis; Communicating research results; Ethical issues in business research
|Level : 2|
|Semester: Non Specified|
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A candidate identifies a research topic and develops a concept paper; the student is allocated at least two supervisors from among the academic members of staff to assist the student develop a research proposal; the student presents the proposal at a departmental seminar where the audience critiques the research proposal and makes appropriate recommendations for changes to improve it; the student submits the proposal to the Board of Postgraduate Studies through the Dean of School, for approval; the student conducts the research according to the proposal and under the supervision of the supervisors; the student analyses and presents the results at a departmental seminar for critique and review; the student finalizes the research in a form of thesis for examination.