Course Title: Chemistry Theory 2B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry Theory 2B

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Professor Karen Wilson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2122

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.02.10C

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

CHEM1040 Chemistry Theory 2B builds on your background in basic University-level theoretical and practical chemistry. It is assumed that you have completed at least 24 credit points of year 1 level study.

Recommended prerequisite courses are

CHEM1030 Chemistry of Materials 1,

CHEM1031 Chemistry of Materials 2, and

CHEM1039 Chemistry Theory 2A. 

You may be able to demonstrate that you already have the skills and knowledge gained in CHEM1040 Chemistry Theory 2B. Contact the course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to Recognition of prior learning (RPL) in Higher Education

Course Description

This course builds on your basic knowledge of chemistry gained in first and early second year University-level Chemistry.

The course extends and deepens fundamental principles and chemical language, as well introduce many important new concepts in Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry.

The course Chemistry Theory 2B aims to enable you to develop an advanced level of critical thinking and problem solving in Inorganic, Organic and Physical chemistry. These skills are required of professional scientists in solving structural, energetic and kinetic problems associated with chemical, biological and physical processes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes: 

BP247 Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)/Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences)

PLO 1 Understanding Science

1.3 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of evidence in the continuous evolution of scientific knowledge.

PLO 2 Scientific knowledge

2.1 You will have broad knowledge in your chosen discipline, with deep knowledge in its core concepts.

PLO 3 Inquiry and Problem Solving

3.3 You will be able to choose appropriate tools and methods to solve scientific problems within your area of specialization.

3.4 You will demonstrate well-developed problem solving skills, applying your knowledge and using your ability to think analytically and creatively.

PLO 5 Personal and professional responsibility

5.1 You will develop a capacity for independent and self-directed work. 

and BP229 Bachelor of Science (Applied Chemistry)

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry principles;
  2. Gather, synthesize and critically evaluate information from a range of sources;
  3. Collect, record, interpret and draw conclusions from scientific data;
  4. Communicate results, information or arguments in fundamental chemistry theory effectively in writing;
  5. Demonstrate that you are independent and self-directed learner

Overview of Learning Activities

This course offers you the following learning opportunities:

  • Pre-recorded lectures and on-line lectorials, where syllabus material will be presented, explained and illustrated with examples and exercises;
  • private study, including working through the coursework, additional learning materials and practicing solving conceptual and numerical problems.

These activities will help enhance your employability by further developing your chemistry knowledge and skills, as well as develop skills of teamwork, oral and written communication and independent learning skills.

Overview of Learning Resources

The course Canvas site gives you easy access to learning materials such as theory notes, assessment task details and electronic submission folders.

The library has subject guides for Chemistry.

There is no prescribed textbook for this course. However, suggested textbook reading references will be provided on Canvas.

Overview of Assessment

Note: This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Each of the three topic areas (Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry) contributes to the total mark for the course.

The assessment is based on:

Assessment task 1: Inorganic Chemistry Assignments
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 5

Assessment task 2: Organic Chemistry Assessment
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1 and 4

Assessment task 3: Physical Chemistry Assignment and online assessment
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 4 and 5