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CH1012 - Molecular Chemistry

Credit points: 3
Year: 2010
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences

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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to calculate, produce, interpret and communicate numerical information;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.


Cairns, Study Period 1, Limited
Census Date 25-Mar-2010
Face to face teaching (13 tutorials throughout TP1, plus 27 hours practicals in block mode)
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Michael Liddell.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 27 hours practicals - Offered as block
  • 40 hours - Flexible delivery LearnJCU modules
Assessment: end of semester exam (42%); quizzes or tests (38%); marks for practical exercises (20%).

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.