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CHM1031 - The world of chemistry I

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Susan Thurland


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


An introduction to chemistry and its role in society for students with little background in chemistry, physics and mathematics. Topics include: living in a world of chemistry, the chemical view of matter, atoms, the periodic table, nuclear reactions, primary and secondary chemical bonding in molecules and materials, gases, water and other liquids, solids, metals and solutions, chemical reactions, rates and equilibria, acids and bases, oxidants and reductants, air, sea and land as sources for gases, inorganic chemicals, fuels and oxidants, metals, ceramics and cement. See Joesten and Wood, World of Chemistry, Second Edition, Saunders College Publishing,1996, Chapters 1 to 11.


To provide an interesting and stimulating introduction to a vitally important unit for students with a non-standard preparation. The unit attracts intelligent candidates with demonstrated skills in other areas, but who lack extensive training in chemistry and probably physics and mathematics. The level of the unit is such that, as well as providing an optional unit at first year for students in any faculty of the university, it will also be an appropriate introduction to further studies in chemistry at second and third-year levels. The general aim of the unit is to provide an introduction and grounding in chemistry which will enable students to gain an understanding of the role of chemistry in modern society; be able to sensibly interpret popular representations and misrepresentations of chemistry and its impact; appreciate the logical approach required in a scientific discipline; understand the atomic and molecular basis of chemistry; obtain a basic knowledge of some key chemical concepts and achieve competency in some key laboratory techniques used in chemistry.


Examinations (3 hours): 60%
Practical work: 20%
Regular testing: 20%

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour laboratory or tutorial per week


CHM1011, CHM1731