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CH1001 - Chemistry: A Central Science

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
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Available to all students who have satisfied the pre-requisite requirements.

Atomic structure, Bonding and Periodicity Chemistry as a central scientific discipline. Atomic and electronic structure. The Periodic Table and periodicity of the elements. Chemical bonding and molecular shape. Hydrogen and hydrogen bonding. Introduction to spectroscopic methods. Classification of chemical reactions. Chemical equations and stoichiometry. Organic Chemistry The diversity of carbon compounds. Functional groups and nomenclature. Purification and characterisation of pure organic compounds; chromatography. A selective overview of major classes of organic compounds emphasising the relationship between structure and function - topics addressed will include: chirality and its importance in biology; issues surrounding the use of non-renewable hydrocarbon resources; molecular recognition and its role in sensors and drug-receptor interactions. Physical Chemistry Elementary dimensional analysis and manipulation of chemical quantities. Introductory concepts in quantitative analysis. Spectroscopy. Fundamentals of chemical thermodynamics, including a general introduction to chemical equilibria. Acid-based equilibria, pH, buffers, carbonate equilibria and the importance of acid base equilibria in industrial, environmental and biological/physiological systems

Learning Outcomes

  • appreciate the application and relevance of these principles and reactions to a range of scientific disciplines, including the biological, biomedical, earth and environmental sciences;
  • be familiar with, and competent in the application of, simple laboratory techniques in chemistry;
  • have been introduced to basic chemical principles and characteristic chemical reactions.
It is assumed that students undertaking this subject will have successfully completed senior Chemistry and MathsB, or will have completed MA1020 and CH1020 or equivalent, prior to enrollment.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Michael Oelgemoeller
Lecturers: Dr Chris Glasson, Assoc. Professor Michael Oelgemoeller, Dr Rosalie Hocking, Dr George Vamvounis, Dr Ioana Bowden, Professor Peter Junk.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 30 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); laboratory work and reports (30%); assignments (10%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.