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UCT Chemistry Requirements

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The Department of Chemistry offers first (CEM1000W), second (CEM2005W) and third year (CEM3005W) courses leading to a major in Chemistry as well as service courses for Engineers and Medical students as listed below. Courses may be a full-course taught over the whole year (W) or a first (F) or second (S) semester course. An H course is a half course but with full contact time over the whole year, whereas X courses constitute a special allocation.

First-Year Courses


36 HEQF credits at level 5

Course Coordinator: Prof G S Smith

Entrance requirements: Students wishing to register for CEM1000W will normally be expected to have passed Physical Science at least at NSC level 5.

Course outline:
Microscopic and macroscopic concepts, atomic structure, chemical bonding and molecular structure, chemistry of the elements and inorganic chemistry, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility products, chemical analysis, phases of matter, thermodynamics and thermochemistry, colligative properties, oxidation and reduction, electrochemistry, chemical  kinetics and radiochemistry. Introduction to structure and reactivity in organic chemistry and the language of organic chemistry; describing and predicting organic reactivity; introduction to the structure, properties and reactivity of biologically important molecules.

Lectures: Four lectures per week, Monday to Wednesday and Friday, 2nd or 4th period.

Tutorials: One tutorial per week, Thursday, 2nd or 4th period.

Practicals: One practical per week, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, 14h00-17h00.

DP requirements: Attendance and completion of practicals, tests and tutorial exercises and at least 35% for the class record.

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Assessment: Class record (comprising tests and practicals) counts 50%; one 3-hour paper written in November counts 50%. It is necessary to pass the theory examination and the whole course in order to secure an overall pass.



Second-Year Courses

CEM2005W is required courses for students proceeding to a major in Chemistry.


Third-Year Courses

CEM3005W is the required course for students proceeding to a major in Chemistry.


Your next move

UCT offers many programmes. If you do not meet up to the requirements of this programme you can consider another programme on the list. Go to >> University of Cape Town Faculties/Programmes.

However, if you meet the requirements and wish to apply to study this course. You can simply check the application processes.

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