Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kei Saito


Atomic theory of matter; chemical periodicity; ionic, covalent and metallic bonding; role of intermolecular forces in the behaviour of liquids and solids in relation the structure and properties of materials like liquid crystals, amorphous solids and polymers; Equilibria involving precipitation, acid-base, redox and electrochemical reactions and their role in acid rain and corrosion; Coordination chemistry and the nature and properties of the transition metals and their complexes. Practical exercises are illustrative of the theory component and provide experience in laboratory techniques and laboratory OHSE practices.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the nature of matter in terms of atomic theory and to describe ionic, covalent and metallic bonding

  1. Solve numerical problems involving stoichiometric relationships, and acid-base, redox, and solubility equilibria

  1. Identify different types of intermolecular forces and to describe the influence of these on the nature and behaviour of liquids and solids

  1. Describe the structure and properties of materials such as liquid crystals, metals, ceramics, amorphous solids and polymers

  1. Explain the process of coordination, and to predict the shapes, and name coordination complexes.

  1. Perform common manipulations and unit operations in the chemical laboratory;

  1. Identify potential risks in the laboratory environment and apply realistic measures to control these.


Examination (3 hours): 70%
Laboratory exercises: 20% Hurdle requirement: Laboratory course must be competed at PASS level)
Web based continuous assessment: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures/practice classes, two hours of laboratory activity and six hours of individual study per week


VCE Chemistry Units 3/4 (or equivalent) or ENG1070


CHM1022, ENG1702