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CH1011 - Chemistry for the Natural Sciences

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences

Atomic and Molecular Structure. Electronic structure of atoms, molecules and solids. Bonding theories. Hydrogen bonding in natural systems. Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. IUPAC nomenclature. Organic isomers. Structure and function: proteins, DNA and soaps. Carbohydrates. Physical Chemistry. Stoichiometry, gas laws, chemical kinetics, catalysis (enzymatic applications), thermochemistry, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry (Nernst equation, cell membrane applications, corrosion, batteries). Colligative properties (osmosis). Environmental Chemistry. Atmospheric chemistry, ozone formation and depletion, water chemistry, acid rain, stable isotopes, radiochemistry, the carbon cycle.

Learning Outcomes

  • appreciate the application and relevance of these principles and reactions to a range of scientific disciplines, including the biological, earth and environmental sciences;
  • be familiar with, and competent in the application of, simple laboratory techniques in chemistry;
  • be introduced to basic chemical principles and characteristic chemical reactions.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to calculate, produce, interpret and communicate numerical information;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.
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 enrolment.


Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Michael Liddell.
Workload expectations:
  • 33 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
  • 33 hours practicals
  • 13 hours
Assessment: end of semester exam (35% - 55%); quizzes or tests (30% - 50%); marks for practical exercises (15% - 25%).

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.