The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. demonstrate familiarity with the basic concepts in Chemistry relevant to the professional practice in the fields of environmental science, biotechnology, biomedical science and engineering;

2. appreciate the central role of Chemistry in science and technology, the breadth of established knowledge and applicability of Chemistry;

3. appreciate the scientific methods employed in Chemistry;

4. understand the key Chemistry concepts and their applicability to their chosen field or programs;

5. understand of the basic elements of chemical language, representations, structures and symbolism;

6. display elementary skills in Chemistry laboratory methods in analytical and experimental tasks;

7. display basic skills in the scientific method of conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments;

8. display knowledge of safe practice, appropriate responsibilities and conduct in a chemical laboratory setting.


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

 2. Concepts in Physical Chemistry II: 

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


3. Concepts in Organic Chemistry II: 

  1. introduction to functional group chemistry
  2. spectroscopy
  3. haloalkanes
  4. alcohols
  5. amines;
  6. aldehydes and ketones (alkanals and alkanones)
  7. carboxylic acids and their derivatives


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 or Online Quizzes for each exercise *

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: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend and submit assessment items for seven (7) out of the eight (8) laboratory sessions
  • 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. - Minimum of 7 experiments
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must achieve a pass mark of 50% or higher in this assessment item to pass the course

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks


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