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CH2210 - Inorganic Chemistry

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

The objective of this subject is to provide a foundation for the varying chemistry of the elements in the periodic table. Topics in this subject include: the chemistry of s- and p- block elements, coordination chemistry of the transition metals (d- block) and of the lanthanoids (f-block). The subject explores the thermodynamic stability of inorganic materials, the kinetics and mechanism of inorganic transformations and the magnetic properties of metal compounds. The spectroscopic methods used to characterise inorganic compounds are described along with the theoretical understanding of these techniques. Lastly aspects of chemical bonding in these compounds is described on the basis of different theoretical approaches.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the chemistry of main block and lanthanoid elements;
  • explain the physical and chemical behaviour of transition metal complexes;
  • employ basic synthetic methodology to produce and characterise typical inorganic compounds;
  • examine the reaction kinetics of substitution reactions of transition metal complexes, and use reaction mechanisms and underlying energies of reactants, intermediates and products to explain observed rates;
  • explain the thermodynamic stability of metal complexes and apply a variety of spectroscopic tools to reaffirm theoretical understanding.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (30%) - Individual.
First year chemistry
Prerequisites: CH1001, CH1002
CH2101, CH3101


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Murray Davies
Lecturers: Dr Murray Davies, Professor Peter Junk.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 30 hours lectures
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 27 hours was Practicals
  • 2 hours workshops
  • 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.