The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Often referred to as a 'Central Science', Chemistry is the study of chemicals and chemical processes that underpin physical and biological phenomena. Chemistry impacts and interacts with our lives on a daily basis, including the food we eat, the medicine we take, and the energy we use.

CHEM1010 is the first of two foundation subjects in the key central scientific discipline of chemistry, providing core knowledge and skills, useful in science, engineering and life sciences.

In CHEM1010, students will explore the primary concepts of chemistry, including basic atomic and molecular structure, the chemistry of carbon compounds, and principal physical concepts of the discipline.



  • Summer 2 - 2020
  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Winter - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. describe and apply basic atomic and molecular concepts;

2. recognise and use chemical language, representations, structures and symbolism;

3. describe and apply foundational physical chemistry concepts;

4. recognise, identify, name and be able to cite examples of isomers and organic functional groups and their reactions;

5. recognise basic chemistry concepts and apply them to their chosen fields of study or programs;

6. participate in and contribute to group problem solving.


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

1. Introduction to Atomic and Molecular Concepts:

  1. matter, atoms and elements
  2. molecules and compounds
  3. equations and stoichiometry
  4. reactions - energy and enthalpy

2. Foundation Physical Concepts in Chemistry:

  1. gases
  2. atomic structure
  3. electron configurations of elements
  4. bonding and structure
  5. chemical equilibria

3. Introduction to Organic Chemistry:

  1. orbitals and hybridisation
  2. saturated compounds - alkanes and cycloalkanes
  3. unsaturated compounds - alkenes and alkynes
  4. Chirality
  5. aromatic compounds - benzene


This course has similarities to CHEM1110. If you have successfully completed CHEM1110 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Students returning to study three or more years after HSC are advised to take the PREP7400 Introduction to Undergraduate Chemistry refresher course before commencing this course.

Students without HSC Chemistry are strongly advised to take both PREP7900 Foundation Chemistry and PREP7400 Introduction to Undergraduate Chemistry refresher course as a minimum.

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Written exam covering foundation concepts of chemistry

Written Assignment: In class assessment based on the three, three hour workshops *

Written Assignment: In class assessment based on the three, two hour integrated learning sessions

Quiz: Online quizzes based on lecture

* 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:

  • Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend all three workshops and complete the assessment items required for each workshop to pass the course

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks

Three, two hour integrated learning sessions for the term.


Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term

For a summer/winter term the lectures may be delivered as face to face compressed in to the shorter term.


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

Three, three hour workshops for the term if the course is delivered in a semester term. When the course is offered for a summer term the contact hours will be 9 hours of workshops for the full term.