Overview

To expand the fundamentals of modern chemistry introduced in Chemistry 1/Introduction to Chemistry, developing further competence in the laboratory along with proficiency in the areas of physical, analytical and organic chemistry.

Requisites

Prerequisites
CHE10001 Chemistry 1

OR

CHE10004 Introduction to Chemistry

Teaching periods
Location
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
26-February-2024
26-May-2024
Last self-enrolment date
10-March-2024
Census date
31-March-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
12-April-2024
Results released date
02-July-2024
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
29-July-2024
27-October-2024
Last self-enrolment date
11-August-2024
Census date
31-August-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
13-September-2024
Results released date
03-December-2024

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Conduct precise, accurate and safe experiments in the areas of analytical, physical and organic chemistry and interpret results in accordance with chemical theory
  • Describe and apply problem solving in the areas of solubility equilibria and redox reactions
  • Define key concepts in analytical chemistry and conduct problem solving activities based on the concepts of gravimetry and titrimetry
  • Apply knowledge of thermodynamics including calorimetry, enthalpy, entropy and Gibb’s energy to problem solving activities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of chemical bonding in terms of atomic orbitals, valence bond theory and hybridisation
  • Apply knowledge of organic chemistry to name and draw organic molecules and predict their physical and chemical properties

Teaching methods

Hawthorn

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
On Campus
Lecture
3.00  12 weeks  36
On Campus
Lab
4.00  6 weeks  24
Unspecified Activities
Independent Learning
7.50  12 weeks  90
TOTAL     150

Assessment

Type Task Weighting ULO's
ExaminationIndividual 30 - 40% 3,6 
Practical AssignmentIndividual/Group 30 - 40% 
TestIndividual 10 - 15% 
Test 1Individual 10 - 15% 
Test 2Individual 10 - 15% 

Hurdle

As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

(i)   An aggregate mark of 50% or more, and(ii)  At least 40% in the final exam, and(iii) Completion of a specific fraction of non-reportable laboratory work based on the criteria for successful completion as explained in the lab handout(s).Students who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirements (ii) and (iii) will receive a maximum of 45% as the total mark for the unit.

Content

  • A basic introduction to organic chemistry - the classes and structure of organic chemicals including the importance of functional groups
  • Nomenclature (naming of simple and complex organic molecules)
  • An introduction to reaction mechanisms involving organic chemicals and including ways to categorise those reactions
  • Quantitative analysis of chemicals using acid-base titrations, potentiometric titrations, complexometric titrations, and gravimetric analysis
  • How to obtain good precision in chemical analysis
  • The basic laws of thermodynamics, chemical spontaneity and the extent of chemical reactions
  • Bonding, electronic configuration and Lewis structures
  • Selected practical work with an emphasis on techniques and investigative skills

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.