Course Title: Atomic structure and bonding

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: CHEM5029

Course Title: Atomic structure and bonding

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3305 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Christine Andrews

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

The purpose of this module is to provide learners with basic knowledge of atomic structure, bonding and the periodic table.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20935 Atomic structure and bonding


1 Apply the particle theory of matter

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


2 Use the Bohr-Rutherford model of the atom to explain the structure of an atom

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


3 Use knowledge of periodicity and bonding to explain the chemical and physical properties of common elements and compounds

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


4 Derive systematic names and formulae for simple inorganic compounds

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

Details of Learning Activities

Group discussions/activities
Practical experiments

Teaching Schedule

Week No.Date week starting 


18/02/16Orientation/ Matter/Changes in state/Mixtures  
The structure of an atom / History of the atom/ Prac Experiment 1  
322/02/16Electron configuration/ Periodic Table/Periodic Table/Trends 
429/02/16Mid-term assessment (25%)/Prac Experiment 2 (25%)

Mid-term assessment 29/02/16 


Metallic bonding/ Ionic bonding
 Prac Report due 8/03/16
Chemical formulae/Prac Experiment 3 
721/03 /16Covalent bonding Valencies/Naming molecules /Revision 
 9 4/04/16
 Polar compound/Covalent networks /Exam (50%) Exam 5/04/15

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 Tests- 3 hours

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course may include tests, worksheets, reports and assignments

Assessment Tasks

• Mid-term Quiz- 25%
• Practical Report- 25%
• Exam- 50%

A pass is required for Practical and Theory components 


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilises graded assessment
CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (70 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (60 – 69%)
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded (50 – 59%)
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment
•All assessment types must be passed (theory and prac). For example, if there are two tests you need to have an average of 50% to pass. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the tests but fail the prac component).
•APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK- A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51, or emailed to the Coordinator (
•Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.
•Students requiring extensions longer than 7 days must apply for Special Consideration (see the ‘Help me’ link in blackboard, via myRMIT studies or For missed assessments such as exams - you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence (e.g. medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.
•If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.


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