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CH1002 - Chemistry: Principles and Applications

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences

This subject builds on the content of CH1001 to provide broad exposure of students to the major principles and reactions of relevance to inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. A major emphasis will continue to be the applicability of chemistry in the wider scientific context, particularly in the biological biomedical, earth and environmental sciences. Physical Chemistry What controls reaction rates? - Reactions, kinetics and mechanism. Electrochemistry - fundamentals and applications in industry and nature. Phase equilibria, colligative properties and chemical partitioning applied to environmental, industrial, physiological and biological process. Organic Chemistry General features of organic reactions, reactive intermediates, energetics. Mechanisms and applications of major reaction types including relevant biological examples: radical substitution, electrophilic addition, nucleophilic substitution at saturated carbon, nucleophilic addition and substitution at carbonyl groups. Conjugation, resonance and aromaticity. Electrophilic aromatic substitution. Spectroscopy and structure determination. Inorganic Chemistry Chemistry in nature and industry including metallurgy, chemical manufacturing and cycling of elements through the environment. Systematic chemistry of selected groups of the Periodic Table. Aspects of chemistry of the transition metals including their role in biological systems.

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;
  • have had broad exposure to, and gained an understanding of, the major principles and reactions of relevance to inorganic, organic and physical 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.
Prerequisites: CH1001 OR CH1011 AND ALLOW CONCURRENT FOR CH1011 AND CH1001


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Michael Oelgemoeller
Lecturers: Mrs Shiyoh Nobile, Assoc. Professor Michael Oelgemoeller, <Person not found>, Dr Winnie Lee, <Person not found>, Empro Richard Keene, Professor Peter Junk.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 30 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); assignments (10%); laboratory work and reports (30%).

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