KJM9631 – Multi-Scale Molecular modeling

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course is designed to give students in chemistry and related subjects an introduction to the theory for molecular modeling, and use of modeling as a tool in chemical research. Considerable emphasis will be placed on practical use of modeling and an understanding of the methods which extends beyond purely operational skills. The aim is to give the students the sufficient background to independently evaluate choice of methods and reliability of results in molecular modeling.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course, you can

  • understand how quantum mechanical models can be used to describe chemical reactions and properties.
  • explain strengths and weaknesses of different models (molecular mechanics, semi-empirical, wavefunction based and density functional theory)
  • explain how quantum mechanics can contribute to the understanding of reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry and catalysis
  • evaluate the accuracy of performed calculations
  • present results from computational studies in both oral and written form
  • familiarize yourself with scientific literature in the field and communicate your knowledge to scientific peers

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

KJM2600 – Physical chemistry II - quantum chemistry and spectroscopy (continued), KJM3300 – Physical Chemistry II (discontinued), MAT1050 – Mathematics for Applications 1, MAT1060 – Mathematics for applications 2, IN-KJM1900 – Introduksjon i programmering for kjemikere, or equivalent courses.

Teaching

The course consists of 30 hours of lectures and 32 hours of computer lab (eight sessions). To take the exam, all eight reports must be approved. You also have to give an oral presentation of one of the eight practical exercises. The presentation has to be approved.

Approved exercises and presentations are only valid the semester they are written.

The first lecture/group exercise is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, you must inform the Department of Chemistry before the first lecture/group exercise starts. If you fail to register as an active student, you will lose your place in the course for the given semester.

Examination

Three reports from the practical exercises count 50 % in all of the final evalutation. You will be informed at the beginning of the semester which reports influence your final grade. Final oral exam counts 50 % of the final grade. To take the exam, all eight reports must be approved. You also have to give an oral presentation of one of the eight practical exercises. The presentation has to be approved.

You will also compile and give presentations on one or more given topics. You will be informed about the number of topics at the beginning of the course. The presentations have to be approved before you can sit for the exam.

Approved exercises and presentations are only valid the semester they are written.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you must submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

There is no offer of a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam, or did not pass. 

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 25, 2020 2:16:53 PM

Facts about this course

Credits
10
Level
PhD
Teaching
Autumn
Teaching language
English