Course Title: Chemistry Theory and Laboratory 1B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry Theory and Laboratory 1B

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010

Course Coordinator: Dr John Farrell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2123

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students should have a pass in year 12 VCE Chemistry an equivalent course or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic facts and principles of organic and physical chemistry, fundamental laboratory skills for the practice of organic and physical chemistry, and to develop students’ problem-solving skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course students should be able to:
• Appreciate the configurational and conformational features of simple organic molecules.
• Use systematic and trivial nomenclature for the simpler organic compounds.
• Recognise the major functional groups of organic compounds, and recall many of their chemical and physical properties.
• Describe methods for the interconversion of common functional groups.
• Use mechanistic concepts to explain common functional group reactions.
• Discuss electrochemical cells, standard electrode potentials, and the Nernst equation,
• Understand the concept of chemical equilibrium and be able to apply Le Chatelier’s principle.
• Discuss the first and second laws of thermodynamics and apply them to calculations of enthalpy change and the determination of the spontaneity of chemical processes.
• work as part of a team in tutorial and laboratory sessions;
• present worked solutions to problems and write laboratory reports in a systematic and professional manner;
• use the concepts, terminology, conventions and calculations important in organic and physical chemistry.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lecture/tutorials, practical laboratories, assignments, private study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Textbooks, lecture notes, online materials, and practical manual

Overview of Assessment

Exams, tests, and laboratory reports.