Course Title: Chemistry Theory 3A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry Theory 3A

Credit Points: 12.00

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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,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Daniel Gomez

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9015

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.17 (City campus; Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri); 201.6.24 (Bundoora campus; Thu)

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have a background in intermediate-level theoretical and practical chemistry and have completed at least 24 credit points of year 2 level study.  Recommended prerequisite courses are CHEM1039 Chemistry Theory 2A and CHEM1040 Chemistry Theory 2B.  Alternatively, you should completed equivalent courses or be able to provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This course focuses on developing your understanding of several selected chemical topics relevant to the chemical sciences; it utilises a problem-based approach as applied to real life examples.

The course will develop your advanced level critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry – the skills that professional scientists will require during their career in solving structural, energetic and kinetic problems associated with chemical, physical, metallurgical or biological processes. It builds on your basic chemistry knowledge developed in prior years.

Lectorials in Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry will be presented. A detailed understanding of Transition Metal Spectra and Reaction Mechanisms, Organic Synthesis, Kinetics and Molecular Spectroscopy is developed so as to provide you with the necessary skills to analyse complex chemical systems encountered in the professional practice of chemistry.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to School of Applied Science Program Learning Outcomes at AQF Level 7:

  • PLO-2   Scientific Knowledge
  • PLO-3   Inquiry and Problem Solving

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On the successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1.  Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of advanced concepts in chemistry, including physical, inorganic, and organic chemistry 
  2. Analyse and interpret molecular spectroscopic data  
  3. Analyse and interpret the physical and chemical properties of transition metal complexes 
  4. Design the synthesis of complex molecules using the “synthon” method 
  5. Interpret and apply concepts of molecular quantum mechanics 
  6. Identify and explain which factors affect the rate of chemical reactions 

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • Online lectorials where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
  • completion of tutorial questions designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
  • completion of written assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
  • private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

On the basis of classroom revision and problem solving sessions, you will have the opportunity to articulate your understanding and be guided by examples of clear thinking, logical argument and communication as a means to developing such capabilities.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and all learning materials (lecture notes, revision sheets, etc.) through myRMIT Studies (Canvas).

The library Chemistry guide ( will introduce you to the chemistry information resources available to staff and students at RMIT University.

Overview of Assessment

Note that: This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment tasks 

The assessment in this course is comprised of 3 tasks totalling 100% of the final mark. 

Assessment Task 1: Assessment on Molecular Spectroscopy & Transition Metal Spectra 

Weighting 40% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Organic Chemistry Assignments 

Weighting 30% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Chemical Kinetics and Computational Chemistry assessment

Weighting 30% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 5 and 6