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List of Subject-Specific Competences

1. Ability to apply chemistry knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems of an unfamiliar nature.
2. Ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems of a familiar nature.
3. Ability to conduct risk assessments concerning the use of chemical substances and laboratory procedures.
4. Ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the subject areas identified above.
5. Ability to interpret data derived from laboratory observations and measurements in terms of their significance and relate them to appropriate theory.
6. Ability to recognise and analyse novel problems and plans strategies for their solution.
7. Ability to recognise and implement good measurement science and practice.
8. An in-depth knowledge and understanding of a specific area of chemistry.
9. Awareness of major issues at the frontiers of chemical research and development.
10. Communication skills, covering both written and oral communication, in at least two of the official European languages.
11. Competence in the planning, design and execution of practical investigations, from the problem recognition stage through to the evaluation and appraisal of results and findings; this to include the ability to select appropriate techniques and procedures.
12. Computational and data-processing skills, relating to chemical information and data.
13. Information-retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, including information retrieval through on-line computer searches.
14. Information-technology skills such as word-processing and spreadsheet use, data-logging and storage.
15. Internet communication, etc.
16. Interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in team-working.
17. Major aspects of chemical terminology, nomenclature, conventions and units.
18. Major synthetic pathways in organic chemistry, involving functional group interconversions and carboncarbon and carbon-heteroatom bond information.
19. Numeracy and calculation skills, including such aspects as error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations, and correct use of units.
20. Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information.
21. Skills in presenting scientific material and arguments in writing and orally, to an informed audience.
22. Skills in the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of chemical information and data.
23. Skills in the monitoring, by observation and measurement, of chemical properties, events or changes, and the systematic and reliable recording and documentation thereof.
24. Skills in the safe handling of chemical materials, taking into account their physical and chemical properties, including any specific hazards associated with their use.
25. Skills required for the conduct of standard laboratory procedures involved and use of instrumentation in synthetic and analytical work, in relation to both organic and inorganic systems.
26. Study skills needed for continuing professional development.
27. The characteristics properties of elements and their compounds, including group relationships and trends within the Periodic Table.
28. The characteristics of the different states of matter and the theories used to describe them.
29. The kinetics of chemical change, including catalysis; the mechanistic interpretation of chemical reactions.
30. The major types of chemical reaction and the main characteristics associated with them.
31. The nature and behaviour of functional groups in organic molecules.
32. The principal techniques of structural investigations, including spectroscopy.
33. The principles and procedures used in chemical analysis and the characterisation of chemical compounds.
34. The principles of quantum mechanics and their application to the description of the structure and properties of atoms and molecules.
35. The principles of thermodynamics and their applications to chemistry.
36. The properties of aliphatic, aromatic, heterocyclic and organometallic compounds.
37. The relation between bulk properties and the properties of individual atoms and molecules, including macromolecules.
38. The structural features of chemical elements and their compounds, including stereochemistry.