Course Title: Atomic structure and bonding

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

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

Nominal Hours: 50

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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:

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

Performance Criteria

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

Performance Criteria

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

Performance Criteria

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


Group discussions/activities

Practical experiments

Teaching Schedule

Week Starting
17/2/11 Matter/Changes of state/Mixtures
214/2/11 The structure of an atom /(Prac Assessment 1)
321/2/11 Periodic Table/ Electron configuration
428/2/11 (Prac Assessment 2) Metallic bonding/ Ionic bonding/Chemical formulae
57/3/11 Mid term assessment/ Covalent bonding
614/3/11 LABOUR DAY (PUBLIC HOLIDAY)/ (Prac Assessment 3)
721/3/11 Valencies/Naming molecules
828/3/11 Intermolecular bonding
94/4/11Giant covalent networks/ Revision
1011/4/11 Acids/bases salts (Prac) /Exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment


Practical assessment

Assessment Tasks

• Mid-term Quiz- 20%
• Practical Reports- 30%
• Exam- 50%

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

The 50 hours allowed for this unit are allocated as follows

● Class theory -27 hours
● Practical Activities - 8 hours
● Research work / report completion-12  hours
● Theory Test - 3 hour

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