Course Title: Chemistry Theory 3B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry Theory 3B

Credit Points: 12.00

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 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Mr Trevor Rook

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3361

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have a background in intermediate-level theoretical and practical chemistry and have completed at least 24 credit points of year 2 level study. Recommended prerequisite courses are CHEM 1039 Chemistry Theory 2A and CHEM 1040 Chemistry Theory 2B.   Alternatively, you should have completed equivalent courses or be able to provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This course focuses on developing your understanding of several selected chemical topics relevant to the chemical sciences; it is content rich, but incorporates a problem-based approach as applied to real life examples.

The course will develop your advanced level critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills in industrial, organic and physical chemistry – the skills that professional scientists will require during their career in solving structural, energetic and kinetic problems associated with chemical, physical, metallurgical or biological processes. It builds on your basic chemistry knowledge developed in prior years.

Lectures in Industrial Chemistry, Heterocyclic Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry will be presented.  A detailed understanding of industrial scale chemistry, the organic chemistry of organosulphur, organophosphorus and heterocyclic componds, electrochemistry, bioenergetics and surface chemistry is developed so as to provide you with the necessary skills to analyse complex chemical systems encountered in the professional practice of chemistry, either in industry or in a research environment. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the end of this course you will be able to exhibit depth and breadth of chemistry knowledge by demonstrating a knowledge of, and applying, the principles and concepts of chemistry.

You will be able to investigate and solve qualitative and quantitative problems in the chemical sciences, both individually and in teams, by synthesising and evaluating information from a range of sources, including traditional and emerging information technologies and methods.


  • you will have increased responsibility for your own learning and resource acquisition and have improved oral and written skills in scientific communication;
  • you will be able to draw on a sound knowledge base in order to develop a systematic approach to solving industrial chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry problems;
  • you will be able to present problem solving strategies and worked solutions using conventional chemical and mathematical notation.  

This course contributes to the School of Applied Sciences Program Learning Outcomes at AQF Level 7:

  • PLO-2   Scientific Knowledge
  • PLO-3   Inquiry and Problem Solving

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are: 

  • attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
  • industrial visits, where large scale chemistry will be observed and the environmental issues around large-scale chemistry will be discussed;  
  •  completion of tutorial questions designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding; 
  •  completion of written assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and 
  •  private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems. 

 On the basis of classroom revision and problem solving sessions, you will have the opportunity to articulate your understanding and be guided by examples of clear thinking, logical argument and communication as a means to developing such capabilities.

Overview of Learning Resources

Printed notes for all the sections will be available for purchase at the RMIT bookshop. Students will be able to access course information and additional learning materials through myStudies, via myRMIT (also known as Blackboard or the Learning Hub).  Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible internet sites will be provided.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment will be a combination of formal examination, tests and assignments, and will assess your ability to solve higher level problems in chemistry.


  • assignments and tests during semester, which will enable you to demonstrate your understanding of the material; as well these will give you feedback on your progress to date;
  • and end-of-semester exam, which will enable you to further demonstrate your understanding of the material and your ability to apply it to solving university-level problems in Chemistry.