Course Title: Chemistry Theory 2A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry Theory 2A

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,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Sylvia Urban

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3376

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.14

Course Coordinator Availability: By email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have a background in basic University-level theoretical and practical chemistry and have completed at least 24 credit points of year 1 level study. Recommended prerequisite courses are CHEM1030 Chemistry of Materials 1 and CHEM1031 Chemistry of Materials 2 [12 credit points each]. Alternatively, you should have completed equivalent courses or be able to provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This course builds on the basic knowledge of chemistry gained in first year University-level Chemistry.
The course will extend and deepen fundamental principles and chemical language, as well introduce many important new concepts in Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry.
The course will allow you to develop an advanced level of critical thinking and problem solving in Inorganic, Organic and Physical chemistry. These skills are required of professional scientists in solving structural, energetic and kinetic problems associated with chemical, biological and physical processes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to School of Science Program Learning Outcomes at AQF level:
• PLO-2 Scientific Knowledge (Specifically PLO-2.1)
• PLO-3 Inquiry, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking (Specifically PLO-3.1)


On completion of the course you should be able to: 

  1. Relate bonding principles introduced in first year to discriminate the structure, bonding and properties of simple transition metal complexes;
  2. Apply basic stereochemical and functional group principles to more complex organic molecules such as alicyclic compounds, carbohydrates, amino acids and proteins and examine reactions and reactivity of carbonyl compounds such as aldehydes, ketones and their derivatives;
  3. Understand how basic principles of thermodynamics and apply these to the operation of chemical systems;
  4. Identify how properties of real solutions are determined and show how they differ from ideality.

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 course will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
  • completion of tutorial questions and work tasks designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to provide feedback on student progress and understanding;
  • completion of quizzes requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter;
  • 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: 72 hrs/semester

Learner directed hours: 48 hrs/semester

This is a theory only course, with a combination of face-to-face lectures, in class problem-solving tutorials, supported by online material available through Canvas. In all units, 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

Lecture notes for all the sections will be available via Canvas. You will also be able to access course information and additional learning materials through the Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible internet sites are provided. 

Overview of Assessment

This is a theory based course and assessment will be a combination of formal examination, class tests and on-line quizzes. These will assess your ability to solve higher level problems in chemistry.

Note that:

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Each of the three topic areas (Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry) contributes to the total mark for the course.

The assessment is based on:

  1. Inorganic Chemistry: A class test (early assessment), and on-line quizzes (33%)
  2. Organic Chemistry: A mid-semester class test (early assessment), and a 1 hour allocation of the final 2 hour exam in the formal examination period (34%).
  3. Physical Chemistry: On-line quizzes and a 1 hour allocation of the final 2 hour exam in the formal examination period (33%).

Assessment task 1 supports CLO’s 1 and 2

Assessment task 2 supports CLO 3

Assessment task 3 supports CLOs 4