Grad Students


Course Information

The courses below are graduate-level courses offered by the division. For undergraduate courses, click here. To check the availability and schedule of each course, and instructions about how to register for courses, see the Graduate Course Registration page.

Course Type AU Information
CBC 721 - Graduate Analytical Chemistry  4 AU
Latest analytical techniques in chemistry, with an emphasis on experimental techniques and the theory of electroanalytical chemistry.
Prerequisite: CM4011 or equivalent.
CBC 722 - Graduate Inorganic Chemistry  4 AU
Essential topics in inorganic chemistry, suitable for entry-level graduate students and forming background knowledge for more specialized inorganic chemistry courses. Topics covered include:
  • Physical inorganic chemistry.
  • Synthetic methodologies and characterisation techniques.
Prerequisite: CM3021 or equivalent.
CBC 723 - Graduate Organic Chemistry  4 AU
Advanced topics in organic synthesis, including:
  • Major synthetically useful reactions.
  • Asymmetric processes.
  • Metal-mediated organic transformations.
  • Protecting groups in organic synthesis.
  • Selected mechanisms in organic synthesis.
Prerequisite: CM3031 or equivalent.
CBC 724 - Graduate Physical Chemistry  4 AU
The molecular approach to physical chemistry, and the core theories of physical chemistry:
  • Quantum theory and spectroscopy.
  • Statistical and equilibrium thermodynamics.
  • Chemical kinetics and dynamics.
  • Special advanced topics in modern physical chemistry.
Prerequisite: CM3041 or equivalent.
CBC 725 - Contemporary Organometallic Chemistry  4 AU
Principles and applications of organometallic compounds: synthesis, reactivity and structural aspects.
Prerequisite: CM3021 or equivalent.
CBC 726 - Advanced Organic Chemistry  4 AU
  • Biomimetic reactions.
  • Application of organometallics to organic synthesis.
  • Synthesis of complex molecules, and other emerging areas in organic synthesis.
  • Students will be required to write a proposal and a review of a topic related to organic synthesis.
Prerequisite: CM3031 or equivalent.
CBC 727 - Molecular Electronic Structure and Spectroscopy  4 AU
  • Molecular mechanics; symmetry.
  • Quantum mechanics.
  • Electronic structure of atoms; electronic structure of diatomic molecules.
  • Self-consistent-field method; empirical and semiempirical methods; electron correlation methods; qualitative molecular orbital theory.
  • Comparisons of computational methods; calculation of molecular properties; molecular modeling software.
  • Rotational spectroscopy; vibrational spectroscopy; atomic spectroscopy; electronic spectroscopy of diatomic molecules; electronic spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules; photoelectron and related spectroscopy; Auger electron and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy; lasers and laser spectroscopy; magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
  • Excitons: theory and applications.
Prerequisite: CM3041 or equivalent.
CBC 728 - Computer Aided Drug Design  4 AU
Principles of computational methods used for drug design. Topics covered include:
  • Molecular modeling.
  • Computational structural chemistry.
  • Computational quantum chemistry.
  • Protein/DNA structure.
  • Ligand-based drug design.
  • Quantitative structure-activity relationship.
CBC 729 - Graduate Seminar  4 AU
Seminar course on the latest scientific literature. Students are required to attend at least 14 seminars (given by visiting scientists or division faculty, as well as students); deliver a 30-40 minute talk in the Graduate Student Symposium; and participate in a question-and-answer session on a chosen research topic.
CBC 731 - Quantum Mechanics - A time-dependent perspective  4 AU
  • Time-dependent Schrödinger equation.
  • Free particle wave packet; Gaussian wave packets.
  • Ehrenfest Theorem.
  • Wigner representation.
  • Time-dependent perturbation theory.
  • Correlation functions and spectra.
  • Approximation methods and numerical methods.
  • Molecular dynamics.
  • Wave packet approach to one- and two-photon electronic spectroscopy.
  • Femtosecond spectroscopy.
  • Wave packet approach to reactive scattering.
Prerequisite: CM3041 or equivalent.
CBC732 - Graduate Chemical Biology
4 AU
Modern advances at the interface between chemistry and biology. Topics covered include:
  • Proteins; nucleic acids; carbohydrate structure.
  • Enzyme catalysis and inhibition.
  • Metabolism.
  • Signal transduction.
  • Cancer and virus biology.
  • Molecular biology.
  • Transcription and translation.
  • Protein folding.

CBC 733 - Advanced Computational Chemistry 4 AU
Computational methods for studying reaction mechanisms, catalysis, transport phenomena, organic and bioorganic binding, device simulations and molecular conformation. Students are required to complete a computational project, in discussion with the lecturer and their research advisor.

Prerequisite: Research advisor approval
MPS 780 and MPS 781 - Supervised Research I/II 4 AU each
Independent research courses, intended for students who are planning and executing the first stage of their graduate thesis.
Not offered for students admitted in AY17/18 and after.
CBC734- Advanced Chemical Instrumentation I 2 AU each
  • Basic concepts in X-ray crystallography.
  • Interpretation of crystal structures for various materials.
  • Lattices, symmetries, and space groups; relationship between crystal symmetry and physical properties.
  • Identification and rectification of simple problems associated with twinning and disorder.
  • Crystal growth methods.
CBC735 - Advanced Chemical Instrumentation II 2 AU each
  • Basic concepts and applications of important instruments, including optical microscopes, SEM, TEM, NMR, MALDI & DRAT & ESI MS, UV, IR, HPLC, GPC, and GC.
  • Theories of optics, electrons and nuclear spins, ionization, separation.
  • Actual instrumental components, and information obtainable from these instruments.
  • Interpretation of acquired images, spectra, and chromatograms.
  • Includes 6 hours of lab work to familiarize students with the instruments.