Introductory Chemistry II


Introduces Chemistry, focusing on the foundation concepts. Chemistry is regarded in this course as the science that is central to much of our modern living. The course examines basic atomic and molecular structure, introduces the chemistry of carbon compounds and illustrates basic physical concepts that are essential to understand Chemistry. This is one of the two foundation subjects in the key central scientific discipline of Chemistry, and provides core knowledge in science, engineering and life sciences.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Basic concepts in chemistry relevant to the professional practice of chemistry, environmental science, biotechnology, biomedical science and engineering

2. Developed an understanding of the breadth, established knowledge base and applicability of chemistry

3. Established an appreciation of the central role of chemistry in science and technology

4. Developed an understanding and knowledge of basic key concepts central to chemical science

5. An understanding of the elements of chemical language, representations, structures and symbolism

6. Introductory experience of the scientific methods employed in chemistry

7. Developed elementary skills in laboratory methods applied in analytical and experimental tasks involving chemistry

8. Developed skills in the scientific method of conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments

9. Developed some understanding of the safe practice and responsibilities residing in scientific and chemically-based work


The course involves study of the following topics, illustrated where appropriate with relevant examples from applicable areas:

  1. Concepts in Inorganic Chemistry II:


  1. The Periodic Table and Inorganic Chemistry


  1. elements and the periodic table
  2. alkali, alkaline earth and main group chemistry
  3. structure of inorganic solids
  4. transition metals and coordination chemistry
  5. bonding and molecular structure in inorganic compounds


  1. Concepts in Physical Chemistry II:


  1. reaction kinetics
  2. acids and bases
  3. entropy and free energy
  4. electrochemistry


  1. Concepts in Organic Chemistry II:


  1. introduction to functional group chemistry -


  1. haloalkanes;
  2. alcohols;
  3. amines;
  4. aldehydes and ketones (alkanals and alkanones)


  1. stereoisomerism and optical activity
  2. introduction to polymer chemistry


This course has similarities to CHEM1120. If you have successfully completed CHEM1120 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

The completion of CHEM1010 (Introductory Chemistry I) (or equivalent) is considered highly desirable. Students without this level of knowledge are highly recommended to read the advice given under Assumed Knowledge for CHEM1010, Introductory Chemistry I.

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Written exam covering foundation concepts of chemistry *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Reports *

Quiz: Online quizzes

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Minimum of 8 experiments, pass grade of at least 50%
  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - A mark of 40 or more obtained

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term