Course Title: Chemistry of Materials 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry of Materials 2

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


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr. Lathe Jones

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3362

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.02.04

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You will be expected to have successfully completed CHEM 1030 Chemistry of Materials 1, an equivalent course, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This course extends the basic concepts of CHEM1030 Materials Chemistry 1. Scientific topics include:

Inorganic Chemistry: chemical equilibria (of acids and bases); solid state chemistry; periodic properties of the elements; chemistry of the transition metals.

Organic Chemistry: overview of chemical reactions; alkenes, alkynes; aromatic compounds; aldehydes and ketones; carboxylic acids; derivatives of carboxylic acids; qualitative organic analysis; nomenclature of compounds with two or more functional groups.

Physical Chemistry: gases; phase equilibrium; ideal and real solutions; kinetics; catalysis


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:  

PLO-1 Understanding science

PLO-1.1   You will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and an ability to apply the scientific method in practice.

PLO-2 Scientific knowledge

PLO-2.1   You will have broad knowledge in your chosen discipline, with a good knowledge in its core concepts.

PLO-2.2   You will have knowledge in at least one discipline other than your primary discipline and some understanding of interdisciplinary linkages.

PLO-3 Inquiry and Problem Solving

PLO-3.1   You will be able to investigate and solve qualitative and quantitative problems by synthesizing and evaluating information from a range of sources, including traditional and emerging information technologies and methods.

PLO-3.5   You will possess an ability to accurately record, analyse, interpret and critically evaluate your research findings.

PLO-5   Personal and professional responsibility

PLO-5.2   You will work responsibly, safely, legally and ethically.  

PLO-5.3   You will develop an alibility to work collaboratively.



The course will develop your scientific, critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills, and their application to the study and understanding of fundamental chemistry processes. On completion of this course you should be able to:


  1. Appreciate the fundamental concepts of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry
  2. Use the theoretical knowledge and apply problem solving skills to practical problems.

The laboratory component will further develop your practical capabilities.

You will:

     3. Be able to safely and efficiently perform simple chemical laboratory processes;

     4. Be able to conduct, record, analyse and interpret chemical observations and measurements in a practical setting; and be able to effectively communicate the results, at a consolidating level.






Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  1. Attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
  2. Completion of laboratory exercises designed to give practice in the application of chemical theory and procedures;
  3. Completion of written assignments and tests consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;

Private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

Total Study Hours

Teacher guided hours: 60 hrs/semester

Learner directed hours: 60 hrs/semester

This is a theory and laboratory based course, with a combination of face-to-face lectures, work tasks, supported by printed and online material (available through myRMIT, also known as the Learning Hub). You will be expected to undertake tutorial problems and past examination papers to assist with the development of logical thinking and problem solving skills: this activity will guide you with the accumulation of a suitable body of knowledge in the topic area, and provide you with an indication of your understanding of the lecture material.



Overview of Learning Resources

The recommended textbook is:

Blackman, Bottle, Schmid, Mocerino and Wille, ‘Chemistry’, 3rd Edition, Wiley

Other material will be provided in class or can be purchased from the RMIT Bookshop. You will be able to access course information and learning material through myRMIT.

Laboratory Practical Manuals will be provided to all students.

Students are also expected to make their own notes in lectures and make use of the extra learning material provided during the course.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment will be based on a combination of a formal examination, assignments, tests and your performance in the laboratory, and will assess your ability to solve higher level problems in chemistry. Specifically:

  • Tests and assignments during the semester, which will enable you to demonstrate your understanding of the material and your ability to apply it to solving university-level problems in Chemistry; as well these will give you feedback on your progress to date;
  • An 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;
  • A laboratory program, which will enable you to develop and demonstrate your skills in practical chemistry.

 Note that:

☒All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).


Assessment tasks

1)     Test and assignments based on the Physical Chemistry topic (28%), held throughout the semester.

These assessment tasks support CLOs 1 & 2

2)     Tests/assignments for the Organic and Inorganic topics (16%), held throughout the semester.

These assessment tasks support CLOs 1 & 2

3)     An end of semester exam based on the Organic and Inorganic section of the course (40%).

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

4)     Laboratory Reports (16%). These are a hurdle requirement. If you do not pass the lab component, you do not pass the course.

 These assessment tasks support CLOs 3 & 4