Course Title: Atomic structure and bonding

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: CHEM5021

Course Title: Atomic structure and bonding

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3209 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Judith McCann

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8366

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Christine Andrews

T. 99254287

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

The purpose of this module is to provide learners with basic understanding of the atom, it’s structure and bonding and the Periodic Table. This would provide the learner with an introduction that could lead to further studies in chemistry.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAM082 Atomic structure and bonding


1 Apply the particle theory of matter

2 Use the Bohr-Rutherford model of the atom to explain the structure of an atom

3 Use knowledge of periodicity and bonding to explain the chemical and physical properties of common elements and compounds

4 Derive systematic names and formulae for simple inorganic compounds


Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use appropriate terminology to discuss classification and properties of matter
1.2 Account for the states of matter and their common properties in terms of the particle theory of matter
1.3 Distinguish between physical and chemical changes
1.4 Relate the properties of materials to their uses
1.5 Classify pure substances into elements and compounds on the basis of their properties and the particle theory of matter

2.1 Identify the principal sub-atomic particles together with mass, relative mass and charge
2.2 Relate the shell/energy level structure of an atom to its electron configuration in the ground state
2.3 Explain the structure of the modern periodic table
2.5 Identify the relationship between the electronic configuration of an atom and its position in the periodic table
2.6 Identify atomic property trends in the periodic table

3.1 Identify stable electron configurations with reference to atoms of the noble gases and use this model to predict likely gain or loss of electrons for main group metallic and non-metallic atoms
3.2 Explain ionic, covalent and metallic bonding using common examples and predict the likely nature of bonding in elements and binary compounds
3.3 Use the concept of electronegativity to identify polar covalent bond
3.4 Use electron dot diagrams to represent the transfer of electrons in ionic bonding
3.5 Use electron dot and dash diagrams to represent the bonding in and structure of simple molecules
3.6 Use the nature of bonding in an element or compound to predict or account for some of their physical properties

4.1 Determine correct chemical formulae for binary compounds using basic valency concept
4.2 Identify binary, ionic and molecular compounds
4.3 Determine correct chemical formulae and names for acids, bases and salts

Learning Outcomes

Competency based

Details of Learning Activities

Lectures, group work, practical activities

Teaching Schedule

Week   Date      Topic
1        20/7/09    Matter/Changes of state/Mixture
2        27/7/09    Atomic Theory (Prac Assessment)
3        3/8/09      Periodic Table/ Electron configuration (Prac Assessment)
4        10/8/09    Metallic bonding
5        17/8/09    Ionic bonding (Prac Assessment)
6        24/8/09    Covalent bonding
7        31/8/09    Chemical formulae/Valencies/Naming molecules
8        7/9/09      Revision/Exam

*schedule subject to change

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Nelson Chemistry VCE Units 1&2

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment


Practical assessment

Assessment Tasks

Mid-term Quiz- 25%
Practical Reports- 25%
Exam- 50%

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

• Lab coats, safety glasses and gloves supplied. Closed toe footwear to be worn for all practical classes. Long hair to be tied back

Special Consideration –Special Consideration may be applied for and granted when circumstances beyond your control prevent you from attending RMIT on the day of an assessment, or when your academic performance in an assessment has been severely affected. There are strict requirements for applying for special consideration. Contact  your Program Mangager immediately.

Submission of work and late work: - Students are required to submit work on the due date at the School Office using the cover sheets provided. Late submission of work will incur a 10% penalty per day to a pass mark (unless Special Consideration is applied for in writing using the required form).
Work will not be accepted more than 1 week after the due date (unless you have applied for Special Consideration).

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