Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Chemistry
OfferedSunway First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Chris Thompson (Clayton); Dr Alison Green (Gippsland); Dr Pushpamalar Janarthanan (Sunway)


Within CHM1022, students will exploit their understanding of general and physical chemistry discussed in CHM1011 to explore the behaviour of chemicals in a number of interesting case studies incorporating a range of significant biological and synthetic molecules such as carbohydrates, proteins and polymers and pharmaceutically important drugs. Along the way, students will discuss the formation of inorganic coordination compounds and investigate their role in colour and magnetism, and metals in biological systems. The concepts developed within the workshops and tutorials are complemented through a laboratory program where students will have the opportunity to develop analytical techniques and design their own experiments to solve a range of chemical problems.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of chemical nomenclature;

  1. Describe the classification, bonding, structure, properties and reactions of a wide range of organic compounds according to the functional groups they contain;

  1. Describe the nature of biological and synthetic macromolecules such as proteins, carbohydrates, and polymers;

  1. Discuss the properties of transition elements;

  1. Describe a wide range of coordination compounds and their structures, reactions and applications in both synthetic materials and biological systems;

  1. Describe how spectroscopy can be used to investigate molecular structure;

  1. Foster practical skills by exploiting an inquiry-based approach to the chemistry laboratory experience;

  1. Communicate chemistry, and discuss the social and environmental responsibility of chemists in the global community.


Final examinations (3 hours): 50%
Laboratory work: 30%. Students must achieve a pass mark in their laboratory work to achieve an overall pass grade.
Online assessment: 10%
Tutorials: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour workhop, one 1-hour tutorial and one 3-hour laboratory per week


CHM1042, CHM1052