1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 3-hour workshop fortnightly
1 x 3-hour laboratory fortnightly
1 x 75-hour independent study per semester
Enrolment not permitted
CHEM1101 has been successfully completed
Case studies, Examination, Interview, Practicals, Quizzes
Topic description

This topic examines the fundamentals of chemical structure and bonding including atomic and molecular structures, the nuclear and electronic structure of atoms, periodic table trends, chemical bonding, intermolecular forces, states of matter, the properties of gases, liquids and solids and the use of spectroscopy to determine structures.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Reinforce and expand upon a student’s existing knowledge of chemistry whilst introducing students to new areas of chemistry
  • Provide students with the full complement of theoretical 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
  • Meet the conditions for accreditation with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Show a detailed understanding of atomic and molecular structures
  2. Conduct, analyse and interpret experiments relevant to the topic content
  3. Explain different states of matter
  4. Demonstrate effective teamwork and independent study
  5. Proficiently handle chemical and various chemical apparatus and instrumentation
  6. Develop and apply problem solving strategies and communicate results efficiently