Each admitted student is expected to successfully complete many compulsory and elective practical courses in chemistry. These courses aims at enabling student to acquire theory and practical training on equipment needed in his/her future study and career. The courses involve experiments in analytical, inorganic, physical and organic chemistry domains.
The chemistry department includes facilities, laboratories and equipment that can be used by the student through his/her study.
A- Available laboratories:
- Computer Lab
- Physical Chemistry Lab.
- Instrumental Analysis Lab.
- General chemistry Lab.
- Research and Graduate Studies Lab.
- Research Lab - B4190
- Research Lab - B4180
- Research Lab - B4170
- Research Lab - B5170
- Research Lab - B5180
- Chemical Operation Lab.
- In Organic and Analytical chemistry Lab.
- Analytical Chemistry Lab.
- Organic Chemistry Lab - B6080
- Organic Chemistry Lab - B6070
B- Other additional services available include:
- Purchase department
- Dispensing rooms
- Lab technician rooms
- B5200 Glass blowing room
- B5200 Electronic workshop room
- Chemical Central store
- GF Computer services
C- A comprehensive set of available equipment
- Visible-Near IR spectra
- Gas chromatography
- PC-Controlled spectrophotometers (3 equipment)
- Photoluminescence Spectrometer
- Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (Flame + Graphite furnace)
- Advanced Polarographs (3 equipments)
- Potentiostats/Galvanostats with lock-in amplifier + frequency generator
- High quality Tube furnaces
- Muffle furnaces
- Advanced FT-IR (2 equipment)
- Separation systems
- Surface area measurements (BET) Home made
- HPLC (2 equipment)
- Special UV and Visible lamps
- Thermostated bath systems
- Other research equipment
Based on the stated University mission, the Program undertakes teaching activities directly focused at Palestinian society demands. Courses involve subjects in many fields in chemistry that are directly related to education and industry. Upon graduation the student will be able to be engaged in jobs from private and public sectors that are related to chemistry such as food industry, pharmaceutical industry, recycling industry and various government agencies such as National and International agencies that are interested in food safety, drug, environmental protection and diseases control.
Teaching and Learning
The chemistry department provides an appropriate learning and educational environment for students. Where it offers courses depending on the study plan for the student.
Halls and laboratories suitable for teaching and learning are available. Other educational assistance such LCDs and computer laboratories and the chemistry laboratories that are equipped with modern instruments required for practical courses in addition to library facilities.
Students must develop the component skills and knowledge necessary to perform complex tasks. Finally, students must learn when and how to apply the skills and knowledge they learn. As instructors, it is important that we develop conscious awareness of these elements of skills so as to help our students learn more effectively.
Upon completing the B.Sc. study plan in pure chemistry the learner will be able to:
- Use scientific method to explain different natural phenomena critically and creatively
- Expand own knowledge independently
- Interact and communicate with people from same and other disciplines in a cooperative and benevolent manner.
- Implement and preserve professional ethics in different sectors, academic or professional.
- Successfully pursue graduate study in different areas of chemistry at different university systems with no need for prerequisites
- Undertake teaching duties in chemistry at all school system levels, including laboratory classes.
- Undertake teaching duties in other relevant disciplines (math, physics and biology) at preparatory school levels
- Undertake chemical research activities under direct supervision of other senior scientists
- Undertake university teaching assistance duties at university freshman level under supervision from other senior people.
- Undertake instrumental analytical duties in hospitals, environment and chemical industry laboratories after suitable extra orientation and training to meet specific activities
Use library and online resources in chemical literature
Coursework and Assessment
Pure chemistry studies consist of lectures, reports, as well as seminar presentations and examinations. The student follows the study plan to finish compulsory and elective courses.
The assessment is mainly based on the grades of final or mid-term exams. Also other assessment methods are used including seminar presentations, reports on special topics and laboratory reports, etc. Exam questions and homework are appropriate to the level and content of the course, and focusing on training the students on creativity, perfection and dedication, and giving them the spirit of scientific research and thinking.
In assessment of a completed course, a numerical scale 0-4 in whole numbers is used.
In collaboration with Practical Training Center at the University. Each pure chemistry student is required to spend the sum of 45 working hours of practical training in schools, or 90 working hours of practical training in chemical industry and/or public sectors that involve chemical activities in Palestine and abroad. The student should submit a detailed report to the Department after concluding the training. Moreover, the student should be prepared to give oral presentation about the training activities once asked. Practical training can go in tandem with other semester study or in summer.