2 x 50-minute lectures weekly
1 x 3-hour workshop fortnightly
1 x 3-hour laboratory fortnightly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of CHEM1010, CHEM8101 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Chemistry or equivalent.
Examination, Laboratory, Workshops, Project Work, Maths Competancy Test.
Topic description

Review of atomic and molecular structures.

Nuclear and electronic structure of atoms.

Periodic table trends.

Chemical bonds.

Intermolecular forces.

States of matter.

Properties of gases, liquids and solids.

Spectroscopy to determine structures.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Reinforce and expand upon Year 12 Chemistry in South Australia whilst introducing students to new areas of chemistry
  • Provide students with the full complement of theorectical and practical skills that are essential to a career as a professional chemist
  • Provide the necessary grounding in basic chemistry for students who will eventually major in other disciplines
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Explain atomic and molecular structures
  2. Analyse thermodynamic and kinetic properties of chemical reactions
  3. Explain different states of matter
  4. Study independently
  5. Handle chemical and various chemical apparatus and instrumentation
  6. Work in teams
  7. Develop problem solving strategies and communicate results efficiently

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.