Bachelor of Science Honours In Applied Chemistry

Bachelor of Science Honours In Applied Chemistry

Offered in Conventional
  • 4 YearsCourse Duration
  • UndergraduateSkill level
  • $5050.00


To produce graduates capable of providing chemistry knowledge based solutions to scientific, technological, economic and social challenges.

Normal Entry

The applicant must have passed 'A' level Chemistry plus EITHER Mathematics or Physics.

Special Entry

The applicant who has successfully completed a National Diploma in Chemical Technology or its recognized equivalent may apply for entry into Part 1.


Areas of Study
Classical chemistry, Polymer science and Chemical engineering Modules

Specialist Focus 
Applied Chemistry

Research and innovation oriented. Teaching and learning are professionally oriented and focused on practical aspects

Teaching and Learning Methods
Lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, seminars, group work, industrial visits, industrial attachment, research project, individual independent study.

Assessment Methods
Written and oral examinations, tests, laboratory reports, seminar presentations, industrial attachment report, final year research project report, continuous assessments

The Programme shall consist of thirty one modules plus industrial attachment and a research project. Part III consists of Industrial Attachment which will culminate in the submission of an Industrial Attachment report.

Semester I
SCH 1101 Inorganic Chemistry I(Structure And Bonding) 10 Credits
The module explores atomic and molecular orbitals; molecular shape and electronic structure; bonding in covalent and ionic compounds; principles of stoichiometry and mass and composition changes in chemical reactions.

SCS1101 Introduction To Computer Science And Programming 12 Credits
The module examines information society and the history of computers. The topics to be covered include data and Information, Number systems and arithmetic; data representation, Basic Computer Component:- CPU I\O units, Storage; Brief Concepts of Computer Languages and Programming Techniques: High\low level languages, compiler, interpreter, grammar, recursion, simple data structures (arrays, lists, trees, hash tables, queues and stacks), problem solving; Algorithms: Sorting, compression, numerical and encryption; Operating systems and its functions:- process and memory management, I\O, Data Communication, Job Control; processing:- File structures, organization and access, Databases; Fundamentals of Networks as well as a simple program, initialisation, printing, comments, keywords, constants, assignments and expressions.

SPH 1101 Mechanics And Relativity 10 Credits
This module looks at the following topics: Kinematics and Kinetics. Inertial frames of reference; motion in two and three dimensions.; dynamics of system of particles; interactions between bodies, relative of motion; conservation of momentum and energy; motion of systems of particles with variable mass; collisions of particles; rotational DynamicsRotation of rigid bodies; moment of Inertia and its calculations for bodies of various shapes and about different axes; work and energy in rotational motion; angular momentum; and principles of conservation of angular momentum. It also looks at gravitation: Kepler's laws of planetary motion; gravitational potential; gravitation and gravity; effect of earth's rotation on "g"; gyroscope; motion of a satellite; coriolis force; the fundamental forces and their unification; inertial forces in linearly accelerating frame, oscillatory motionSimple harmonic motion; mechanical oscillators; superposition of S.H.M's. Damped and forced S.H.M. together with lissajous and resonance. The properties of Matter ElasticityHooke's law. Modulli of elasticity and their inter –relationship; applications of elasticity; fluid mechanicsFluid at rest; surface tension and capillarity the continuity equation, various types of flows; boundary layers and turbulence; steady state flow of fluids; bernoulli's equation; viscous flow and viscosity; friction: Nature of frictional forces; motion in frictional medium; rolling and sliding friction; relativity: Space-time frames of reference; Galileo's principle of relativity; simultaneity of events; Einstein’s Special theory of relativity; Lorenttz transformations as well as momentum and energy systems.

SCH 1102 Organic Chemistry I 10 Credits
This module introduces students to the structure and bonding in organic molecules, stereochemistry, organic reaction mechanisms, the chemistry of aliphatic hydrocarbons and the basics of organic spectroscopic analysis.

SCH 1103 Professional Studies 10 Credits
This module covers business Law; Modern Business; Management; Work Study Methods; Marketing; Zimbabwean Political Economy; Effective Communication and Industrial Safety.

SPH 1106 Modern Physics For Chemists 10 Credits
The module covers the yearicle nature of radiation - The photon; the Wave nature of yearicles - The matter wave; the Nuclear Models and an introduction to Elementary Yearicles.

SMA 1111 Mathematics For Science I 10 Credits
The module examines linear Algebra: Matrices, Operations, Inverses, Determinants, Eigen values, Eigenvectors, Solution of Linear Equations; Functions: Exponential, Logarithmic, Circular functions and their inverses; Calculus: Idea of limit and continuity. Differentiation; Leibnitz theorem; L 'Hospital's rule; Maxima and Minima; Asymptotes; Concavity; Curve sketching; Taylor's theorem; Power series. Integration - substitution, by years, reduction formulae and Applications.

Semester II
SCS 1200 Data Concepts And Data Processing 10 Credits
This module explores database management systems (DBMS), Database Models: Entity-relationship model; the relational model; the SQL language; database design: ER ro relational mapping; normalisation Aspects of physical database access: Database Transactions: Embedded SQL (PL/SQL); cursors. Distributed databases: Client-server database systems; higher-level and extended data models: Object-oriented data models are introduced. SQL3 and the requirements of multimedia databases.

SCH 1201 Inorganic Chemistry II 10 Credits
This module examines the nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry. Periodic system; main-groups elements, Noble gases. . d- and f- Transition elements; redox reactions and co-ordination compounds.

SCH 1202 Organic Chemistry II 10 Credits
Module introduces students to aromatic compounds, and the reactions, preparations, and spectroscopic identification of the common organic functional groups. An overview of the organic chemistry of carbohydrates and several other important biomolecules is included.

SCH 1206 Analytical Chemistry I 10 Credits
The module introduces students to Analytical Chemistry. Topics as Evaluation of Analytical Data, Chemical Equilibria (acid-base, redox, complex-formation, precipitation) and their application are dealt with.

SCH 1209 Engineering Materials 10 Credits
The module outline covers topics on Atomic Structures and Bonding, Chemical Reactions and Reactivity, Phases Crystal Classification, Elastic and Plastic Behaviour. Shaping, testing and behaviour of materials in service. It hives an outline of the different types of engineering materials i.e. non-ferrous materials, ceramics thermoplastics, thermosetting and composite materials as well as fabrication of materials.

SMA 1211 Mathematics For Science II 10 Credits
This module explores yearial Differentiation and Applications; multiple Integrals - definition, change of variables, Jacobian, applications; ordinary Differential Equations - separable, homogeneous, exact, linear, integrating factors; linear Differential Equations with Constant Coefficients.

CTL 1101 Conflict, Transformation And Leadership 10 Credits
The thrust of the module is understanding peace and conflict; theories of conflict; conflict analysis and tools; economic roots of conflict; gender and conflict; leadership; leadership and conflict handling mechanisms; leadership and conflict handling mechanisms; women in leadership; leadership ethics; interplay: leadership, conflict and development.

Semester I
SCH 1116 Organic Chemistry for SBB, ESH, EFW, TXT 10 Credits
The module outlines the structures and bonding in organic molecules; alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes. It is an introduction to organic chemical reactions and mechanisms; isomerism and Stereochemistry; benzene and its Derivatives; cyclohexane and carbohydrates; amino acids and the functions of various spectroscopes.

SCH 1120 Physical Chemistry For Engineers (TCE) 10 Credits
The module examines the fundamental Concepts of Thermodynamics; the 1st Law of Thermodynamics; the 2nd and 3rd Laws of Thermodynamics; chemical Equilibrium; phase Equilibria; ideal and Real Solutions; electrolyte Solutions; ions in solution; electrode Process; Chemical Kinetics; interfaces and colloidal Dispersions.

Semester II SCH 1217 General Chemistry for SBB, ESH 10 Credits
The module covers the fundamental Ideas Of Chemistry; stoichiometry; atoms And Sub Atomic Particles; electronic Structures Of Atoms; periodicity and Chemical Bonding; chemical Thermodynamics; chemical Kinetics; chemical Equilibrium; ionic equilibrium; electrochemistry and nuclear chemistry.

SCH 1221 Organic Chemistry for Engineers (TCE) 10 Credits
The module explores structures and bonding in organic molecules; alkanes, alkenes and alkynes. It is an introduction to organic chemical reactions and mechanisms; isomerism and Stereochemistry; benzene and its Derivatives; cyclohexane and carbohydrates; amino acids and the function of various Spectroscopes.

Semester I
SCH 2104 Physical Chemistry I 12 Credits
This module introduces students to interactions and distributions, chemical thermodynamics, phase equilibria, solutions and mixtures.

SCH 2106 Analytical Chemistry II 12 Credits
The module introduces students to Instrumental Analytical Chemistry; spectrometric and Electrochemical methods of analysis and the respective instrumentation are discussed.

SCH 2107 Polymer Science I 12 Credits
The module provides an introduction to polymer classification; polymerization (mechanisms);polymerisation techniques; natural and synthetic fibres; natural rubber, extraction, synthetic rubber and vulcanisation of rubber.

SCH 2108 Transport Phenomena 12 Credits
The module includes: Introduction to Chemical Engineering, Dimensional Analysis, Transport Phenomena, Momentum Transfer (Fluid Statistics, Fluid Dynamics, Flow and Pressure Measurements, Pumping of Fluids), Heat Transfer (Heat Transfer by Conduction, Convection and Radiation Calculation of Heat Transfer Coefficients, Heat Transfer Equipment) and mass Transfer.

SORS 2110 Introduction to Applied Statistics 10 Credits
The module looks at numerical methods: Errors , absolute and relative; the solution of nonlinear equations; the solution of linear systems; interpolation and polynomial approximations; curve fitting.; numerical differentiation and integration; approximate solution of ordinary differential equations; probability and Statistics: Probability, probability distributions, random variables, moments, principle of statistical inference, estimator and hypotheses testing.

SCH 2114 Industrial Inorganic Chemistry I 12 Credits
The module includes: Industrial Gases; Nitrogen industries; sulphur and sulphuric acid; phosphorus industries, ceramic industries. Introduction to nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Semester II
SCH 2117 Heterocyclic Chemistry I 12 Credits
The module introduces students to the structures, nomenclature, bonding, aromaticity, preparation, reactions and reaction mechanisms for monocyclic heterocyclic compounds. Synthesis of selected compounds which contain hetero atom(s) will be covered.

SCH 2204 Physical Chemistry II 12 Credits
Module deals with ions in solution, electrode processes, chemical kinetics, interfaces and colloidal dispersions.

SCH 2207 Polymer Science II 12 Credits
Module includes: Polymer solution and solubility properties, polymer structures and properties of polymers with details in crystallization, polymer morphology and the amorphous state of polymers. concept of molecular weight. Chemical analysis and thermal analysis.

SCH 2208 Unit Operations 12 Credits
Module includes: Material and Energy Balances, Unit Operations used in Chemical Industry, Binary and Multicomponent Distillation ; Evaporation; Liquid Extraction; Leaching and so on.

SCH 2211 Quality Assurance Management And Control 12 Credits
Module includes: Creativity and Creative thinking, Statistical Quality Control, TQM, ISO standards, Management of Quality in Chemical and Allied Industries.

SCH 2215 Industrial Organic Chemistry I 12 Credits
The module looks at coal and Wood Chemicals, Pulp and Paper Industry; destructive Distillation of Coal, Coking of Coal, Distillation of Coal Tar, Coal to Chemicals, Distillation of hard wood, Hydrolysis of wood cellulose derivatives Fire retardants. Manufacture of Pulp and Paper. It also looks at explosives: Raw materials, manufacture of Explosives as well as the types and use of Explosives

Industrial Attachment 120 Credits

Semester I
SCH 4108 Chemical Engineering Plant Design 12 Credits
The module looks at the fundamentals of materials and energy balances; flow sheeting, computer- aided design, equipment selection and specification; techniques for Economic Analysis and Evaluations as well as costs of Process Equipment.

SCH 4114 Industrial Inorganic Chemistry II 12 Credits
Module includes: selected topics on salts and its compounds and chlor-alkali industries. It also looks at salt and salt compounds: Common Salts; Sodium sulfate; Sodium Bisulfite; Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Silicates as well as chlor-Alkali Industries: Manufacture of Soda Ash, Sodium bicarbonate, Manufacture of Chlorine and Caustic Soda; Bleaching Powder; Sodium Hypochlorite and Sodium Chlorite.

SCH 4115 Industrial Organic Chemistry II 12 Credits
The module deals with agrochemicals such as pesticides, natural as well as synthetic pesticides which include pyrethroids, nicotine, rotenoids, avermectins, organochlorine, organophosphates, carbamate, herbicides and repellent. It also looks at soaps and detergents industries.

SCH 4010 Project 10 Credits
The project is run over two semesters (Part IV, Semester I and Semester II). Students are expected to undertake a Chemistry related research project in any area of their choice. This is expected to enhance their research, laboratory and problem solving skills.

Semester II SCH 4208 Reactor Technology 12 Credits
The module explore reaction rates, extents of reactions optimum yields; Generalised material and energy balances for batch, Single and multiple continuously stirred tanks, tubular and fixed bed reactor; Prediction of residence time distribution for continuously starred and tubular reactors as well as heterogeneous reaction. The catalyst reactors are discussed.

SCH 4206 Analytical Chemistry III 12 Credits
Module content includes the steps in an analytical investigation (selecting of a method of analysis, sampling, preliminary sample treatment, separation, measurement, assessment of results), organisation and management of a chemical laboratory in industry. It also covers the quality control in industrial chemistry and the automation of Analysis.

SCH 4210 Project Development And Management 12 Credits
This module is on project development: Initiating the Project; Objects, Processes and Projects; Project Descriptions and Control Organising the Project; Limits of the Project; Project Management; Project Control Process; Organising the Project; Organisational function and limits, Control Communication, Project groups, planning functions, meetings etc. Forms and Specifications for the contents of Documents for Project Control; Reports; Document Files and Practicals.

SCH 4214 Industrial Inorganic Chemistry III 12 Credits
Module deals with selected topics on Metals and Metallurgical Processes; gold, PGMs, Diamonds, Iron and Steel as well as Copper Alloys.

SCH 4215 Industrial Organic Chemistry III 12 Credits
Module deals with selected topics on pharmaceuticals industries-natural and synthetic drugs including synthesis; Vitamins, hormones; Virus such as swine flu, bird flu, Zika virus, synthesis of Tamiflu; fermentation industries- ethanol, citric acid and lactic acid; textile industries-intermediate compounds and their synthesis require for manufacture of various types of dyes; polymer industries- industrial process for manufacturing LDPE, HDPE and polystyrene.

SCH 4217 Heterocyclic Chemistry II 12 Credits
This module further discusses porphorins and porphobilinogen; properties and preparation of condensed five membered ring systems, six-membered ring systems, condensed six-membered heterocycles; selected drugs and their synthesis. Natural products which contain heteroatom(s) will be covered.

SCH 4292 Chromatographic Separations 12 Credits
This module shall introduce students to chromatographic theory and also develop their knowledge and understanding of various chromatographic techniques and their applications in various matrices. The topics covered include: Introduction to Chromatographic Theory (chromatographic retention, peak shape, band broadening and column efficiency, column resolution), gas chromatography (instrumentation, mobile phases, columns and stationary phases, detectors and applications), HPLC (instrumentation, separation modes, mobile phases, stationary phases and applications); Planar chromatography and supercritical fluid chromatography.

SCH 4010 Project 10 Credits
The project is run over two semesters (Part IV, Semester I and Semester II). Students are expected to undertake a Chemistry related research project in any area of their choice. This is expected to enhance their research, laboratory and problem solving skills.

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