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CH1001 - Chemistry: A Central Science

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

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. A selective overview of major classes of organic compounds (structure, properties, synthesis and reactions). Purification and characterization of organic compounds. Chirality and its importance in biology and medicinal chemistry. Organic compounds of biological importance: Amino acids, peptides, proteins and carbohydrates. 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

  • relate basic chemical principles and reactions to a range of scientific disciplines, including the biological, biomedical, earth and environmental sciences;
  • apply simple laboratory techniques in chemistry;
  • describe basic chemical principles and characteristic chemical reactions.
It is assumed that students undertaking this subject will have successfully completed MathsB, or will have completed MA1020 prior to enrolment.
Prerequisites: CH1020 or EG1010 or High School Senior Chemistry


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Professor Peter Junk
Lecturers: Dr Murray Davies, Dr Mark Barnes, Dr Mark Robertson, Professor Peter Junk.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 29 hours practicals
  • 12 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 24 hours - Guided Learning Session
  • assessment and self-directed study
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.