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CHM1731 - Foundations of chemistry

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Robert Lyall


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This is an introductory chemistry unit suitable for students with little or no background in chemistry. It is designed to enable the intending scientist to understand the basic principles of chemistry as they apply to the physiological, biological and biochemical processes important to their chosen field of study. It also provides a suitable background for students who intend to continue their studies in chemistry. Students with a strong background in chemistry have the option to study selected topics in more depth. The teaching approach uses flexible delivery methods and places strong emphasis on relating theoretical concepts to practical applications.


On completion of this unit students will have a basic understanding of the nature of forces between atoms, elements and compounds; understand the physical laws relating to gases and liquids and their application to physiological processes; achieve a very basic understanding of inorganic compounds; appreciate simple bio-chemical activities of inorganic compounds; achieve a basic understanding of the nature of organic compounds; be able to describe the chemical structure of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids; appreciate the activity of these compounds in physiological processes and be able to demonstrate skill and confidence in chemical measurements and calculations associated with the above areas.


Twelve computer tests: 30%
Practical work: 20%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and two hours of tutorial/laboratory sessions per week


CHM1011, CHM1031, CHM1616