Course Title: Investigate atomic structure and bonding

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

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:

1.1 Use appropriate terminology to discuss classification and properties of matter 1.2 Use the particle theory of matter to explain the states of matter and their common properties 1.3 Identify distinctions between physical and chemical changes 1.4 Describe the relationship between properties of materials and 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 to explain the structure of an atom

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify the principal sub-atomic particles together with their mass, relative mass and charge 2.2 Explain the way shell/energy level structure of an atom relates to its electron configuration in the ground state 2.3 Explain the structure of the modern periodic table 2.4 Explain the relationship between the electronic configuration of an atom and its position in the periodic table 2.5 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:

3.1 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 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 Describe the role polarity plays in intermolecular forces 3.5 Use electron dot diagrams to represent the transfer of electrons in ionic bonding 3.6 Use electron dot and dash diagrams to represent the bonding in and structure of simple molecules 3.7 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:

4.1 Determine the correct chemical formulae for binary compounds using basic valency concept 4.2 Identify binary, ionic and molecular compounds 4.3 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


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
● Sssessment Tasks- 3 hours



Date week starting


(*Prac dates subject to change)

M-Monday 11-1pm

T- Tuesday 8.30-10.30am



M Orientation

T Safety in the lab/ States of Matter /Mixtures 




M  Prac Experiment 1

T Assessment Task 1:Particle theory questions







M The structure of an atom :

T Electron configuration and Prac Experiment 2 





M Periodic Table/Trends

T Metallic bonding/ions





M Labour day holiday

TAssessment Task 2: Structure of the atom questions 





M Ionic bonding /chemical formulae

T Prac Experiment  3





M Covalent bonding

T Valencies/Naming covalent  molecules





M Polar compounds/Covalent networks

T Assessment Task 3: Bonding questions

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

  Assessment Task 1-Particle theory questions

  Assessment Task 2-Structure of the atom questions

  Assessment Task 3-Bonding questions


To pass the course you need achieve a satisfactory result for every assessment.
You will be given only two attempts for each assessment to demonstrate you have the required skills.

A third attempt can only be offered after discussions between the teacher and the Program Coordinator and is not automatic.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information


This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment

CA Competency Achieved  
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

Submission of Assessment Tasks

It is expected that any work presented for assessment in this course will be your own. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

Extensions of time for submission of assessable work

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment on time by circumstances outside your control you may apply for an extension of up to seven (7) calendar days by filling in the application form at least one working day BEFORE the due date. The application form should be emailed to your Program Coordinator, Namrita Kaul,
Eligibility criteria for application and the form is available from the link:

If you require an extension of time longer than 7 days, you must apply for Special Consideration.

Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.

Special consideration

If you are unable to sit a test, exam or lab-based assessments due to unexpected circumstances (e.g., illness), you should apply for Special Consideration for the missed assessment. Information on applying for Special Consideration can be found from the link: Applications for Special Consideration should NOT be submitted to the course or program coordinator.


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