The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

There are some ninety-two naturally occurring elements as well as a handful of man-made radioactive elements. When in combination, these elements constitute all of our food, shelter, energy sources and everything we manufacture and use in our lives. This course provides a foundation for the understanding of the varying chemistries of the elements of the Periodic Table, with emphasis on inorganic materials. The course includes the descriptive chemistry of many of the most common elements and their compounds, integrating such topics as symmetry and structure, bonding models, reactions and the synthesis, characterisation and computational modelling of inorganic compounds. An understanding of the behaviour of elements and their compounds is central to chemistry and how chemistry relates to other disciplines across science and engineering.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the chemistry of main group and transition metal elements and their compounds;

2. Apply principles in molecular theory and bonding models to the study of inorganic compounds;

3. Use laboratory equipment and procedures to synthesise and characterise inorganic compounds;

4. Use computational chemistry software to model the structure, properties and reactivities of inorganic compounds;

5. Independently apply key concepts regarding the chemistry, properties and bonding in inorganic compounds;

6. Apply the scientific method in conducting and reporting experimental investigations;

7. Demonstrate an awareness of the safety responsibilities involved in working with chemicals and hazardous substances.


Content

The course involves study of:

1) Periodicity and the Chemistry of the Elements

2) Main Group Chemistry: non-metals, metalloids and metals.

3) Transition Metal Coordination Chemistry: structure, chemistry and physical properties of metal complexes

4) Molecular Symmetry and Structure: symmetry elements and operations, point groups and their applications.

5) Bonding in solid state and molecular compounds: ionic bonding models, molecular orbital theory, metal ligand bonding.


Assumed knowledge

CHEM1010 and CHEM1020


Assessment items

Formal Examination: Formal examination *

Written Assignment: Tutorial Quiz or Assignment

Report: Laboratory reports *

Report: Computer Lab reports *

* 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:

  • Computer Lab: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students may only miss 1 laboratory session. Students who missed a laboratory with a recognised adverse circumstance will have the opportunity to complete that laboratory at a later date
  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students may only miss 1 laboratory session. Students who missed a laboratory with a recognised adverse circumstance will have the opportunity to complete that laboratory at a later date
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Report: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must submit all reports and obtain an overall report mark of 50% or more to pass the course.
  • Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must submit all reports and obtain an overall report mark of 50% or more to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must obtain a mark of 40% or more

Contact hours

Callaghan

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

Laboratory

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

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 30 hour(s) per Term Full Term

2 hours per week for 12 weeks.

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks