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CH1002 - Chemistry: Principles and Applications

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject builds on the content of CH1001 to provide broad exposure of students to the major principles and reactions of relevance to inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. A major emphasis will continue to be the applicability of chemistry in the wider scientific context, particularly in the biological biomedical, earth and environmental sciences. The organic chemistry section will introduce general features of organic reactions, will discuss selected reaction mechanisms, will provide experimental and instrumental techniques for structure determination and will cover the stereochemistry of hydrocarbons. The physical chemistry section will discuss principles of chemical kinetics, will introduce redox and electrochemistry, will describe intramolecular forces and will cover gas laws. The inorganic chemistry section will introduce atomic structure, will discuss bonding and periodicity, will cover chemistry in nature and industry including metallurgy, chemical manufacturing and cycling of elements through the environment. It will also present systematic chemistry of selected groups of the Periodic Table and aspects of the chemistry of the transition metals including their role in biological systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the major principles and reactions of relevance to inorganic, organic and physical chemistry;
  • explain such chemical principles and reactions in a wider scientific context;
  • apply a range of common laboratory techniques in chemistry.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (55%) - Individual
  • Mid-semester exams: 20% Online quiz participation: 5% - (25%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (20%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: CH1001 OR CH1011 AND ALLOW CONCURRENT FOR CH1011 AND CH1001
CH1012 AND PC1005 AND PC1103


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Dr Mark Barnes
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.

  • 36 hours lectures
  • 18 hours tutorials - 9 x 2 hour Guided Learning Sessions
  • 12 hours workshops - 4 x 3 hour sessions
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.