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CH1011 - Chemistry for the Natural Sciences

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

General Chemistry: 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 and soaps. Carbohydrates. Physical Chemistry. Stoichiometry, gas laws, chemical kinetics, catalysis (enzymatic applications), thermochemistry, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry (corrosion, batteries). Colligative properties (osmosis). Environmental Chemistry. Water chemistry / carbonate equilibria, stable isotopes, radiochemistry, carbon cycle.

Learning Outcomes

  • learned the fundaments of first year chemistry with an emphasis given to areas applicable to biological, earth and environmental sciences. The chemical topics that will have been covered and understood at this level include stoichiometry, structure and bonding, organic and inorganic naming, physical chemistry (gases, thermochemistry, equilibrium, electrochemistry, acid/base chemistry) and environmental chemistry;
  • developed practical experience in simple chemical laboratory techniques that will be applicable to subsequent studies;
  • become familiar with chemical principles such as redox chemistry, periodicity, electronic structure, isotopes and pH;
  • have been introduced to a number of characteristic reactions in atmospheric and organic chemistry.
Prerequisites: CH1020 or EG1010 or High School Senior Chemistry


Cairns, Study Period 2, Limited
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Face to face teaching (Every week of semester including lecture recess)
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Michael Liddell.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 2 hours lectures
  • 18 hours practicals - Offered as a mid-semester block
  • 12 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 12 hours - Guided learning sessions
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (55%); other exams (20%); assignments (5%); marks for practical exercises (20%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Practical component: students will fail the course if they miss 2 or more practicals without a valid reason (generally medical certificates will be required)

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.