Course Title: Chemistry Fundamentals 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry Fundamentals 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Charlotte Conn

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1787

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 03.02.10D

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge
This is an introductory course requiring no formal prerequisites, but you will find that basic knowledge of chemistry at VCE level will be an advantage. 

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, both on a theoretical and practical level. 

Organic chemistry studies compounds that are based on carbon. The course will introduce the fundamentals of modern organic chemistry of relevance to both industry and nature. The structure, properties and relevance of organic compounds will be presented, and an understanding will be developed of the most important organic chemical reactions. 

In the Inorganic component of the course, students will be introduced to the properties and behaviour of inorganic compounds, such as metallic, ionic and covalent solids, of relevance to industrial chemistry applications.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes
This course contributes to the program learning outcomes for the following programs:  

BP350  (Bachelor of Science) 

  • PLO 2: Analyse and critically examine scientific evidence using methods, technical skills, tools and emerging technologies in a range of scientific activities; 
  • PLO 3: Analyse and apply principles of scientific inquiry and critical evaluation to address real-world scientific challenges and inform evidence based decision making; 
  • PLO 4: Communicate, report and reflect on scientific findings, to diverse audiences utilising a variety of formats employing integrity and culturally safe practices;  
  • PLO 5: Work independently, with agility, safety, and accountability for own learning and professional future.  

This course may also contribute to additional programs. For more information on the program learning outcomes for your program, please see the program guide.

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 should be able to: 

  1. Describe and explain the fundamental concepts of organic and inorganic chemistry. 
  2. Apply the theoretical knowledge and problem-solving skills to practical problems.
  3. Demonstrate ability to perform simple chemical laboratory processes safely and efficiently.
  4. Conduct and record chemical observations and measurements in a practical setting individually or in teams. 
  5. Analyse and interpret observations or problems to draw conclusions and communicate results.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as pre-recorded lectures, lectorials, tutorials, and practical laboratory experiments, including both individual and group activities. 

The learning activities included in this course are lectorials where syllabus material will be discussed and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples. Completion of tutorial questions and laboratory reports are designed to give further practice in the application of theory into practice, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding. Completion of assignments consisting of numerical and other problems will promote deeper understanding of the subject matter. 

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course Site. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course Site, wher lecture notes, online resources, practice questions, laboratory manuals, and recorded content wil be available for you to access. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks 

This course contains a hurdle requirement. The hurdle requirement for this course is clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching & Quality).  

Assessment Task 1: On-line Quizzes 
Weighting (40%) 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2  

Assessment Task 2:Laboratory Reports (HURDLE REQUIREMENT)
Weighting (40%) 
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4 & 5 

Assessment Task 3: Applied Assessment  
Weighting (20%) 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 5