Course Title: Chemistry Principles

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry Principles

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020


Bundoora Campus


135H Applied Sciences


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Joel van Embden

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2839

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.07

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have a background in secondary school science, with study of at least one VCE level Chemistry subject, other equivalent study, or you should be able to provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to university level chemistry, with an emphasis on the topics and areas necessary for an understanding of Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Food Chemistry relevant to the chemistry of living systems. Areas covered include: introductory organic chemistry; bioinorganic chemistry; biophysical chemistry; and a laboratory program designed to extend aspects of theory and chemical laboratory techniques.

You will gain a deep understanding of chemical principles including: atoms and chemical bonding; solids, liquids and gases; chemical reactions; energetics and equilibria; electrochemistry; water and aqueous solutions; introduction to the practice of chemistry; introduction to organic chemistry; introduction to reaction kinetics; and a laboratory program designed to illustrate aspects of theory and teach appropriate chemical laboratory skills.


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


The course will develop your scientific, critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills, and their application to the study and understanding of fundamental chemistry processes.


On completion of this course you will be able to:

CLO-1: describe the constitution of substances, together with their chemical and physico-chemical properties;

CLO-2: relate the chemical properties and physico-chemical behaviour of substances to their structure and composition;

CLO-3: use theoretical models and concepts to explain and interpret observed facts about chemical behaviour;

CLO-4: perform chemical calculations involving measurement of amount, methods of expressing concentration of solutions and stoichiometry of reactions.


The laboratory component will further develop your practical capabilities. You will:

CLO-5: be able to safely and efficiently perform simple chemical laboratory processes;

CLO-6: be able to conduct, record, analyse and interpret chemical observations and measurements;

CLO-7 be able to effectively communicate the results, at a consolidating level; and

CLO-8: develop scientific problem-solving skills.



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 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;
  • completing the recommended reading from the textbook, and completion of the recommended textbook problems
  • completion of written assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter;
  • completion of a laboratory program, which will enable you to develop your skills in practical chemistry, and
  • 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

You should attend 36 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials, 12 hours in the laboratory, and spend 60 hours in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will also be able to access course information and all learning materials through myRMIT Studies.

Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible internet sites will be provided.

The recommended textbooks for this course are provided below in Part B of the course guide.



Overview of Assessment

The assessment will be based on a combination of a formal examination, a test and your performance in the laboratory, and will assess your ability to solve higher level problems in chemistry. Specifically:

Early Assessment Task

A mid-semester test, which will enable you to demonstrate your understanding of the material and your ability to apply it to solving university-level problems in Chemistry; as well this will give you feedback on your progress to date;

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 – 4


Assessment Task 2

A laboratory program, which will enable you to develop and demonstrate your skills in practical chemistry •

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 5-8


Assessment Task 3

an end-of-semester exam, which will enable you to further demonstrate your understanding of the material and your ability to apply it to solving university-level problems in Chemistry.

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 – 4


During this course you will have a number of forms of feedback which will allow you to assess the progress of your learning:

  • there are recommended problems from the recommended textbook;
  • the early assessment task, which will give you feedback on your progress to date;
  • there are problems sets in the lecture notes for all topics, with answers on Canvas allowing you to monitor your own progress.