Course Title: Investigate atomic structure and bonding

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: CHEM5031

Course Title: Investigate atomic structure and bonding

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3399 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

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

This unit describes the skills and knowledge to investigate the application of atomic structure, bonding and the periodic table.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU22076 Investigate atomic structure and bonding


1. Apply the particle theory of matter

Performance Criteria:


Use appropriate terminology  to discuss classification and properties of matter


Use the particle theory of matter to  explain the states of matter and their common properties


Identify distinctions between physical and chemical changes


Describe the relationship between properties of materials and their uses


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 to explain the structure of an atom

Performance Criteria:


Identify the principal sub-atomic particles together with their mass, relative mass and charge


Explain the way shell/energy level structure of an atom relates to its electron configuration in the ground state


Explain the structure of the modern periodic table


Explain the relationship between the electronic configuration of an atom and its position in the periodic table


Explain 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:


Identify stable electron configurations with reference to atoms of the noble gases and use  to predict likely gain or loss of electrons for main group metallic and non-metallic atoms


Explain ionic, covalent and metallic bonding using common examples  and predict the likely nature of bonding in elements and binary compounds


Use the concept of electronegativity to identify polar covalent bond


Describe the role polarity plays in intermolecular forces


Use electron dot diagrams to represent the transfer of electrons in ionic bonding


Use electron dot and dash diagrams to represent the bonding in and structure of simple molecules


Use the nature of bonding in an element or compound  to predict some of their physical properties


4. Derive systematic names and formulae for simple inorganic compounds

Performance Criteria:


Determine the correct chemical formulae for binary compounds using basic valency concept


Identify binary, ionic and molecular compounds


Determine the correct chemical formulae and names for acids, bases and salts

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Face to face theory classes 
Group discussions/activities
Practical experiments

Teaching Schedule



Date week starting


(*Prac dates subject to change)



Orientation/  Safety in the lab/ States of Matter /Prac writing



Mixtures /The structure of an atom / Prac Experiment 1




Electron configuration/ Periodic Table/Trends



Mid-term assessment  29/07/19 (25%) / Prac Experiment 2 (25%)

                                                                           Prac Report due via Turnitin 6/08/19



Ionic bonding / Metallic bonding




Chemical formulae/ Ionic and Covalent bonding /Prac Experiment  3




Valencies/Naming covalent  molecules/ Revision



Polar compounds/Covalent networks Exam (50%)  



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, practical reports and assignments

Assessment Tasks

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

A pass is required for both Practical and Theory components 


Assessment Matrix

Other Information


This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilise graded assessment
CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (70 - 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (60 - 69%)
CAG Competency Achieved (50 – 59%)
NYC Not Yet Competent (0 – 49%)
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

  • To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (exams, pracs, and assignments etc.) For example, if there are two exams you need to have an average of 50% to pass and you also need to have passed the other assessment types. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the exams but fail the prac component).

  • Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

  • 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 form should be emailed to the Program Coordinator ( Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

  • 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 prior to, or within, 5 working days of the scheduled time of examination

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