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CH2210 - Syntheses and Mechanism in Inorganic Chemistry

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
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.

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 25-Mar-2021
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 (didactic or interactive)
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 27 hours 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.