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Undergraduate Courses

YEAR ONE: SEMESTER ONE                                                   

CHEM                        151      Basic Inorganic Chemistry                             

CHEM                        153      Basic Organic Chemistry                               

CHEM                        155      Basic Physical Chemistry I                            

CHEM                        169      Practical Chemistry I                                                 

MATH                        161      Introductory Pure Mathematics

PHY                           153      Electricity and Magnetism                             

CSM                           183      Introduction to Computers I                          

ENGL                          157      Communication Skills I                                                         

YEAR ONE: SEMESTER TWO                                                  

CHEM                        152      Coordination Chemistry                                            

CHEM                        154      Functional Group Chemistry I                       

CHEM                        156      Basic Physical Chemistry II                           

CHEM                        170      Practical Chemistry II                                                

MATH                        156      Mathematics for Chemists                             

CSM                           184      Introduction to Computers II                        

ENGL                          158      Communication Skills II                                            

YEAR TWO: SEMESTER ONE                                                  

CHEM                        251      Main Group Chemistry and Transition Metals

CHEM                        253      Functional Group Chemistry II                     

CHEM                        255      States of Matter and Chemical Kinetics        

CHEM                        261      Titrimetric Methods of Analysis                    

CHEM                        269      Practical Chemistry III                                              

MATH                        265      Mathematical Methods I                                

CSM                          287      Programming with Basic                                

FC                             181      French for Communication I                         

ENGL                        263      Literature in English I                                    

YEAR TWO: SEMESTER TWO                                                 

CHEM                        252      Transition Metals II, Lanthanides & Actinides

CHEM                        254      Organic Reaction Mechanism                       

CHEM                        256      Electrochemistry                                            

CHEM                        262      Gravimetric and Electro-analytical Methods             

CHEM                        270      Practical Chemistry IV                                              

MATH                        266      Mathematical Methods II                                          

FC                               182      French for Communication II                                    

ENGL                         264      Literature in English II                                                                                  

YEAR THREE: SEMESTER ONE                                                          

CHEM                       351      Inorganic Polymers & Electron Deficient Compounds         

CHEM                        353      Organic Synthesis and Spectroscopy                         

CHEM                        355      Surface Chemistry and Phase Equilibria                    

CHEM                        361      Separation Methods of Analysis                                

CHEM                        369      Practical Chemistry V                                    

CHEM                        357      Nuclear Chemistry                                         


ELECTIVES (Opt for one (1))

CHEM                        375      Chemistry and Society                       

BCHEM                      459      Food Processing and Preservation                 

ECON                        151      Elements of Economics I                                           

FLAW                          151      Law of Contract I                                                                                                                                                                

YEAR THREE: SEMESTER TWO                                             

CHEM                        352      Organometallic Chemistry                             

CHEM                        354      Natural Products                                                        

CHEM                        356      Quantum Chemistry                                       

CHEM                        362      Instrumental Methods of Analysis I              

CHEM                        370      Practical Chemistry VI and Mini Project       


ELECTIVES (Opt for one (1))

BCHEM          460      Food Processing and Preservation                 

ECON             152      Elements of Economics II                             

FLAW             152      Law of Contract II                                                    

ME                  492      Entrepreneurship Development                                                                                                                     

YEAR FOUR: SEMESTER ONE                                                             

CHEM                        451      Group Theory and Inorganic Spectroscopy   

CHEM                        453      Physiologically Active Compounds                           

CHEM                        455      Molecular Spectroscopy and Photochemistry            

CHEM                        461      Instrumental Methods of Analysis II                        

CHEM                        469      Project I                                                         


ELECTIVES (Opt for one (1))

CHEM                        457    Introduction to  Medicinal Chemistry

CHEM                        475     Introduction to Computational Chemistry

CHEM                        475      Modern Trends in Chemistry                         

BCHEM                     487      Microbial Enzymes Biotechnology                

MGT                           471      Principles of Management I                           



CHEM                        452      Ions in Solution                                              

CHEM                        454      Applied Organic Spectroscopy                      

CHEM                        456      Macromolecules                                                         

CHEM                        462      Environmental Chemistry                              

CHEM                        470      Project II                                                                    


ELECTIVES (Opt for one (1))

CHEM                        486      Bioinorganic Chemistry                                

MGT                           472      Principles of Management II








CHEM 151     Basic Inorganic Chemistry                                       (2, 1, 2)

  1. Atomic structure, Qualitative wave mechanics.
  2. Periodic Table and Periodicity, Reactivity Parameters.
  3. Chemical bonding I - Ionic bond, Covalent bond, Dative (coordinate) bond, Valence bond theory, Resonance, Multiple bond, Shapes of Molecules, Hybridization of non-transition elements.
  4. Forces within molecules, Bond strength, Bond energy, Polarity, Continuity of bonds.
  5. Crystal structure, X-ray diffraction

CHEM 153     Basic Organic Chemistry                                          (2, 1, 2)

  1. Molecular composition and structure of organic compounds.

(a)    Determination and calculation of empirical and molecular formulae.

(b)    Pictorial treatment of hybridization.

  1. Organic Reactions:

(a)    Bond formation and fission

(b)    Classification of reagents and reactions.

(c)    Reaction Intermediates: Carbocations, Free radicals, Carbanions

  1. Hydrocarbons (Aliphatic, alicyclic and aromatic compounds including polycyclic systems)

(a)    Structure and nomenclature : Isomerism, alkane and cycloalkanes

(b)    Homologous series, and gradation of properties.

(c)    Preparation

(d)   Reactions.

  1. Petroleum: Fractionation products and uses

CHEM 155     Basic Physical Chemistry                                         (2, 1, 2)

1.      Introduction to Physical chemistry: Definition, Structure of Science, Classifications; Laws, Hypotheses, Theories and Models.

2.      States of Matter I: Classification; Structure and Properties of matter; Types of systems; State variables and Equations of state.

3.      Thermodynamics I: The First law, Heat Capacity, Enthalpy and Thermo-chemistry.

4.      Chemical Kinetics I: Elementary Chemical Kinetics, Basic Laws, Effect of Temperature and the Arrhenius equation.

MATH 161     Introductory Pure Mathematics I                (3, 1, 3)

The notations ~,  Ù, Ú, Þ, Ü, Û applied to not more than two statements at a time: equivalence statements. The notation º. Set theory - Basic Operations on Sets; Venn diagrams. The set R of real numbers. Relation of order in R. Irrational numbers (surds). Binary Operations on sets. Indices and logarithms. Relations and mapping; Defining a function, Linear, Quadratic and other Polynomial functions, Graphical representation of functions. Partial fractions, Inequalities in one/two variables. Sequence and Series (intuitive treatment of limits). Permutation and Combinations. The Binomial Theorem; the Binomial series. Circular measure. Trigonometric functions. Addition and double-angle formulae. Matrices and Determinants. Principles of Mathematical Induction, Complex numbers.

PHY 153 Electricity and Magnetism                                   (2, 0, 2)

  1. Electric field and potential.
  2. Magnetic field and induction.
  3. Magnetic materials.
  4. AC and DC Circuits,
  5. Devices.


CSM 183 Introduction to Computers I                               (2, 2, 3)

  1. A general introduction to computers and computing, dealing with structure and classification of computers and computer systems.
  2. Introduction to DOS as an operating system for the PC.
  3. Word Processing, Detailed study and use of a word processing package.

CHEM 169     Practical Chemistry I                                                (0, 6, 2)

Selected integrated practical chemistry.


CHEM 152     Coordination Chemistry                                           (2, 1, 2)

  1. Coordination Chemistry: - Development of coordination chemistry, Nomenclature, Stereochemistry, Isomerism in complexes. Stability of complexes, chelate effect.
  2. Theories of Bonding in Complex Compounds: VBT, MOT, CFT/LFT, Crystal Field Stabilization energies, Distortions from regular geometry-symmetry. Magnetic Properties of Transition Metal complexes.
  3. Introductory Bioinorganic chemistry.

CHEM 154     Functional Group Chemistry I                                (2, 1, 2)

  1. Alcohols, phenols, carbonyls and amines.
  2. Nomenclature, properties, preparations and reactions
  3. Properties and uses of common compounds, e.g. methanol, acetone, etc
  4. Simple application of spectroscopic methods

CHEM 156     Basic Physical Chemistry II                                     (2, 1, 2)

  1. Equilibrium: Description of Chemical equilibria, Equilibrium Constant calculations, Predicting direction of equilibria, Heterogeneous equilibria. Response of equilibria to conditions: Pressure, Temperature and added reagents.
  2. Acids, bases and salts: Definitions of strong and weak acids and bases, pH, Salts as acids and bases, Titration curves, Solubility equilibria, Ksp.
  3. Thermodynamics II: Second and Third Laws. Entropy and Free Energy of Chemical Reactions. Heat engines, Carnot Cycle.

CSM 184 Introduction to Computers II                             (2, 2, 3)

Computer applications and implications. Data and codes. Data processing - basic concepts and functions. File organization with emphasis on the origin, course and destination of data. Recording and coding of data.

CHEM 170 Practical Chemistry II                          (0, 6, 2)

Selected integrated practical chemistry.

MATH 156 Mathematics for Chemists                   (3, 1, 3)

Functions. Limits of functions and continuity, Differentiation: - first and second derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions. Composite and implicit differentiation. Exponential and logarithmic  functions. Maxima and Minima, rate of change. Integration and the definite integral, application to areas and volumes, approximate integration, integration of simple continuous and rational functions; methods of substitution, partial fractions and  integration by parts. Reduction formula. Vector functions of a single scalar variable. Use of simple transformations to sketch a curve from parent curve. Odd, Even and Periodic functions. Ordinary differential equations of the second order with constant coefficients. Systems of first order equations. Reduction of nth order equation to a system of first order equations. Solution in series.


ENGL 158 Communication Skills II                                   (2, 0, 2)

ENGL 158 is the second phase of the Communication skills. This part of the course is designed to sharpen the writing skills of the participants. The course contents include the communication process, skills in communication, channels of communication in an organization, preparation of official documents such as letters, memos, reports, minutes and proposals. Some oral communication skills will also be taught at this level. This will include oral presentation, formal speech making, conducting interviews and meetings.


CHEM 261     Titrimetric Methods of Analysis                              (2, 1, 2)

  1. Basic concepts of analytical chemistry: Introduction and treatment of analytical data, Statistical treatment of analytical data.
  2. Titrimetric analyses: Acid-Base titration; Complexometric titration; Precipitation titration and  Redox titration.

CHEM 251     Main Group Chemistry and Transition Metal I     (2,1,2)

  1. General characteristics of the main group elements.

I           Na, K

II         Be, Mg, Ca, Ba

III        B, Al

IV        C, Si, Sn, Pb

V         N, P, As

VI        O, S, Se

VII      Halogens

VIII     Noble gases.


  1. Nomenclature, properties, preparations and reactions of Transition metals I: General characteristic properties of transition metals (The 1st Row Transition metals).

CHEM 253     Functional Group Chemistry II                                           (2, 1, 2)

Nomenclature, Preparation, Reactions and Uses of

  1. Alkyl and Aryl halides.
  2. Carboxylic acids and derivatives.
  3. Heterocyclic compounds.

CHEM 255     States of Matter II and Chemical Kinetics II                      (2, 1, 2)

  1. State of Matter II: Electric and magnetic properties of matter. Gases, Liquids and Solids' magnetic properties.
  2. Chemical Kinetics II: Experimental methods in gas phase and fast reactions in solution. Relaxation method Catalysts. Enzyme catalyzed reactions. Theoretical interpretation of reaction rates. Rate theory and reaction mechanism

CHEM 269 Practical Chemistry III                                                            (0, 6, 2)

Selected integrated practical chemistry.

MATH 265     Mathematical Methods I                                                       (3, 1, 3)

Partial Differentiation of function of several variables. Differentiation of implicit functions. Jacobians. Differentiation of a vector function of several variables. The tangent vector. Curvilinear coordinates. Plane polar, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Line integrals, multiple, surface and volume integrals. Gradient, Divergence and Curl. The theories of Green, Gauss and Stokes. Applications to physical and geometrical problems.

FC 181 French for Communication I                                             (2, 0, 2)

Aspect Grammatical: La definition et genre d'un objet; l'identite d'une personne; les jours de la semaine; les mois de l'annee; les chiffres de zero a cent. La conjugasion; le present de l'indicatif des verbs reguliers et irreguliers. Interrogation avec les suivant; est-ce-que.

ENGL 263 Literature in English I                                                   (1, 0, 1)

Literature as poetry: What is a poem and its characteristics? Differences between a poem and a song. The figure of speech and the literary device. Pratical appreciation. Texts to be studied; African and English poems.

CSM 287 Programming with Basic                                                 (2, 0, 2)

The basics of the BASIC programming language with emphasis on program design and file processing.



CHEM 262     Gravimetric and Electroanalytical Methods                       (2, 1, 2)

  1. Gravimetric analyses.
  2. Electrogravimetry, coulometry, potentiometry.

CHEM 252     Transition Metal Chemistry II Lanthanides and Actinides          (2, 1, 2)

  1. Heavy Transition metals. Second and third row transition metals (sub-groups)
  2. General characteristics of lanthanides and actinides.

CHEM 254     Organic Reaction Mechanism                                             (2, 1, 2)

  1. Organic reactions
    1. Substitution: Nucleophilic substitution at saturated carbon atoms.

Electrophilic and Nucleophilic substitutions in aromatic systems.

    1. Addition: Electrophilic and Nucleophilic addition to C=C and C=O
    2. Elimination: E1 and E2 mechanisms
    3. Symmetry controlled reactions: electrocyclic, cycloaddition and sigmatropic rearrangements.
  2. Carbonyl substitution reactions including Aldol condensation and Michael Addition reactions.
  3. Stereochemistry.

CHEM 256     Electrochemistry                                                      (2, 1, 2)

  1. Electrochemistry I: Electrode systems, electrochemical cells and EMF Thermodynamic functions from cell potential measurements, Migration of ions in solution. Measurement of conductivities, Transport numbers: Hittorf and moving boundary methods.
  2. Electrochemistry II: Activities and Standard states, Activity coefficient from solubilities, The Debye-Huckel theory. Free energy and entropies and reversible EMF. Concentration cells. Electrolysis and over-voltage, Irreversible electrodes.

CHEM 270     Practical Chemistry IV                                            (0, 6, 2)

Selected Integrated Practical Chemistry.

MATH 266     Mathematical Methods II                                         (3, 1, 3)

Improper integrals. Integrals depending on a parameter. Differentiation and integration under the

integral sign. Gamma and Beta functions,, Stirling's formula. Basic properties and use of the Laplace transform. Fourier series. Orthogonal functions. Boundary-value problems. Standard form of the heat, wave and Laplace equations. Methods of separation of variables. Fourier transforms.

FC 182 French for Communication II                                 (2, 0, 2)

L'aspect grammatical; L'article partitif; la conjugasion; pronominalisation; l'expression figee avec le verbe avoir et etre. Degree de l'adjectif; l'expression de la duee; l'expression interrogative avec les adverbs suivants; l'aspect communicative; au restaurant, invitation; le voyage, remplir une fiche; chercher un appartement; correspondence, civilization; la culture francaise.

ENGL 264      Literature in English II                                 (1, 0, 1)

Literature as Narrative. Traditional (19th Century) Narrative. Contemporary Narrative. The African Novel. Texts to be studied: One African Novel and One English Novel.



CHEM 361     Separation Methods of Analysis                                          (3, 0, 3)

Separation methods: Solvent extraction, Chromatography (GLC, LSC, etc), Paper and Thin Layer Chromatography, Gas chromatography, High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Ion Exchange Chromatography and Electrophoresis.

CHEM 351     Inorganic Polymers and Electron Deficient Compounds  (3,0,3)

Electron-Deficient Compounds eg. Boron Compounds, Inorganic Polymers, Rings, Cages and Silicates.

CHEM 357     Nuclear Chemistry                                                                (2, 0, 2)

Conservation of Mass-Energy, Structure of the nucleus. Nuclear Binding Energies, Radioactivity. Band of Stability, Transmutation, Detection and measurement of Nuclear Radiation, Radiation Protection, Application of Radioactivity, Nuclear Fission, Nuclear Waste Management

CHEM 353     Organic Synthesis and Spectroscopy                                   (3, 0, 3)

  1. Selected organic reactions
  2. Methods in organic synthesis
  3. Organic Spectroscopy: NMR, IR, UV, Mass Spectroscopy - Principles and Application.

CHEM 355     Surface Chemistry and Phase Equilibria                           (3, 0, 3)

  1. Adsorption as surface phenomenon
  2. Interfacial phenomenon
  3. Colloidal systems
  4. Phase equilibria
  5. Surfactants
  6. Growth and Structure of Solid Surfaces.

CHEM 375     Chemistry and Society                                                          (2, 0, 2)

History of chemistry: Relationship of chemistry to other sciences and industry. Earth Resources, Renewable and non-renewable resources, Energy sources, Resource depletion. Environmental effects of chemicals, plastics, textiles, etc; Chemical and Radiochemical hazards.

BCHEM 459  Food Processing and Preservation                                      (2, 0, 2)

Water in food processing, sugar and sweetners. Salt, food additives. Methods of food preservation.

ECON 151     Elements of Economics I                                                      (2, 0, 2)

The purpose of this course is to introduce those without prior knowledge of Economics to fundamental concepts and the use of analytical techniques which will be helpful in the study of economic problems. It is also to provide those not intending to specialize in the subject with knowledge of principles which can be used in related disciplines. The course covers the nature and scope of economics; consumer choice, determination of prices in different market-conditions; production theory and theory of distribution.

CHEM 369     Practical Chemistry V                                                          (0, 6, 2)

Selected Integrated Practical Chemistry.

FLAW 151     Law of Contract I                                                                 (3, 0, 3)

  1. Nature of Contract: sources of law, concept of bargain, classification.
  2. Formation of Contract: offer and acceptance; consideration, intention to create legal relations.
  3. Contents of Contract: terms, representations, excluding and limiting terms and fundamental breach of terms.
  4. Capacity: infants, illiterates, co-operations, mental patients and drunken persons.


CHEM 362     Instrumental Methods of Analysis I                                    (3, 0, 3)

Molecular Absorption Spectroscopy, Optical Methods: Luminescence, Infrared Spectroscopy, Atomic Spectroscopy, Refractometry, Polarimetry.

CHEM 352     Organometallic Chemistry                                                   (3, 0, 3)

  1. Organometallic Chemistry of main group elements and transition metals in catalysis.
  2. Cluster and Sandwich Compounds.

CHEM 354     Natural Products                                                                   (3, 0, 3)

Biosynthesis, Nomenclature, Reactions and functions of secondary metabolites.

  1. Terpenoids and Steroids.
  2. Alkaloids
  3. Flavonoids and Natural Dyes
  4. Natural and synthetic polymers.
  5. Carbohydrates
  6. Lipids
  7. Amino acids, peptides, and proteins
  8. Nucleic acids.

CHEM 356     Quantum Chemistry                                                             (3,0,3)

Quantum Chemistry: Developments and qualitative treatment of Schrödinger's equation and solution to the hydrogen atom problem. Rigid rotor, harmonic oscillator. Variation and Perturbation theory. Molecular Orbital and Valence Bond Theory -  application to diatomic molecules.

BCHEM 460  Food Processing and Preservation                                      (2, 0, 2)

Methods of food packaging, Food processing, Plant Economics of Food Processing.

ECON 152     Elements of Economics II                                                     (2, 0, 2)

A survey of national income, its measurement and determinants; fluctuations in economic activity and trends in Ghana's national income; index numbers; money and national income; international trade and payments; role of government. (pre-requisite ECON 151).

CHEM 370     Practical VI and Mini Project                                              (0, 6, 3)

1. Practicals based on instrumentation

2. Mini Project as prelude to final year research project.

FLAW 152     Law of Contract II                                                                (3, 0, 3)

  1. Vitiating Elements of a Contract; Mistake, misrepresentation; duress, illegality and unenforceable contracts
  2. Privity of Contract; rules and exceptions
  3. Discharge of Contract: by performance, agreement, breach and frustration.
  4. Remedies/Damages: equitable remedies in outline only; quantum merit claims and quasi contract

ME 492 Entrepreneurship Development                                        (2, 0, 2)

Entrepreneurship and free enterprise; Business planning; Product and service concepts for new ventures; Marketing and new venture development; Organising and financing new ventures; Current trend (internet commerce, e-commerce); Business Law/Law of Contract.


CHEM 461     Instrumental Methods of Analysis II                                   (3, 0, 3)

  1. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  2. Mass Spectroscopy
  3. X-ray Spectroscopy
  4. Electroanalytical methods: Polarography, Amperometry, and Conductometry.

CHEM 451     Group Theory and Inorganic Spectroscopy                       (3, 0, 3)

  1. Symmetry and Group Theory . Chemical applications of Group Theory.
  2. Physical methods of Inorganic Chemistry including electronic spectroscopy of the coordination compounds.

CHEM 453     Physiologically Active Compounds                          (3, 0, 3)

  1. Physiologically active compounds: Drugs and their sources, Drugs nomenclature, Orthodox and Traditional medicine, Phytochemical screening.
  2. Chemotherapeutic agents: Classes, Characteristics and activities of antibiotics and anti-malaria
  3. Pharmacodynamic agents
  4. Vitamins
  5. Hormones
  6. Pheromones
  7. Other biologically active substances eg. Pesticides.