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CH2210 - Syntheses and Mechanism in Inorganic Chemistry

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
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 will also explore the kinetics and mechanism of inorganic reactions, the magnetic properties of metal compounds and spectroscopic techniques used in the characterisation of these compounds.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the chemistry of main block and lanthanoid elements;
  • explain the physical and chemical behaviour of transition metal complexes;
  • apply knowledge of chemical kinetics and thermodynamics to the stability of transition metal complexes;
  • discuss the important mechanistic pathways for inorganic reactions;
  • employ basic synthetic methodology to produce and characterise typical inorganic compounds.
First year chemistry
Prerequisites: CH1001, CH1002
CH2101, CH3101


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
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.

  • 34 hours lectures
  • 11 hours tutorials
  • 20 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); practicals (30%); assignments (10%).

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.