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.


CHE10001 Chemistry 1


CHE10004 Introduction to Chemistry

Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

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


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


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% 


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.


  • 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.