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CH1012 - Molecular Chemistry

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
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Inorganic Chemistry. Chemical periodicity: chemistry of representative elements from Groups 1A-4A: ionic and covalent molecular compounds. Organometallic and coordination chemistry of the transition elements: spectra, structure and reactivity of metal complexes. Crystal field theory. Organic Chemistry. Purification, characterisation and structural determination of organic compounds using chromatography, spectroscopy (IR, NMR, UV-Vis) and microanalysis. Mechanisms and applications of major reaction types: radical substitution, nucleophilic substitution, electrophilic addition, nucleophilic addition, electrophilic aromatic substitution. Conjugation, resonance and aromaticity. Valence bond theory. Polymers. Physical Chemistry. Phase equilibria. Real gases. Boltzman distribution. Redox and metathesis reactions. Atomic structure. Molecular orbital theory. Band structure theory and Semiconductors. New materials (alloys, ceramics). Colloids: preparation and general properties. Metallurgy, redox and metathesis reactions.

Learning Outcomes

  • be aware of the applicability of such chemical principles and reactions in the wider scientific context;
  • be familiar with, and competent in the application of, a range of common laboratory techniques in chemistry;
  • gain a sound understanding of the major principles and reactions involved in molecular organic and inorganic chemistry.
It is assumed that students undertaking this subject will have successfully completed senior Chemistry, or will have completed CH1020 or equivalent, prior to enrolment.


Cairns, Limited, Study Period 6
Census Date 26-Jun-2014
Face to face teaching 23-Jun-2014 to 24-Jul-2014 (12 tutorials throughout SP6 in block mode, plus 27 hours practicals in block mode)
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Michael Liddell.
Workload expectations:
  • 12 hours tutorials - Offered as block
  • 27 hours practicals - Offered as block
  • 40 hours - Flexible delivery LearnJCU modules
Assessment: other exams (35% - 55%); quizzes or tests (20% - 40%); 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.