Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Chris Thompson


CHM1042 continues directly from CHM1031. Topics include: nuclear fission and nuclear power, radioactivity and its biological effects, nuclear power stations and their waste, electrochemistry, batteries and fuel cells, water splitting and the hydrogen economy, polymers and plastics, an introduction to organic chemistry, organic functional groups, chirality, manipulating molecules and designing drugs, food chemistry, an introduction to DNA and genetic engineering, cloning and the human genome project. Practical work will include such experiments as measuring energy changes, modelling and testing organic compounds, forming emulsions and analysis for vitamin C.


As for CHM1031


Examinations (3 hours): 60%
Laboratory work: 20%
Regular testing: 20%
Students must achieve a pass mark in their laboratory work to achieve an overall pass grade.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Chris Thompson

Contact hours

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


CHM1022, CHM1742