Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kei Saito


This unit introduces the concepts of conservation of matter and energy, atomic theory and the principles of chemical bonding. Chemical reaction types, and the use of equations to describe these reactions, and their quantitative behaviour in both liquid and gaseous phases are introduced. The theories of acid/base and redox behaviour, and chemical equilibria are introduced. Key aspects of organic chemistry (organic compounds, nomenclature, functional groups and common reactions) will covered. The practical course introduces common techniques used in the chemical laboratory, and includes exercises that illustrate the theory component as well as laboratory OHSE issues.


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

  1. Identify different chemical reaction types, and describe these with balanced chemical equations;

  1. Solve numerical problems involving stoichiometry, the gas laws, acid-base and other chemical equilibria;

  1. Explain the nature of various forms of matter in terms of atomic and chemical bonding theory;

  1. Name organic chemical species and recognize different types of organic chemical reactions;

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

  1. Determine errors and uncertainties in experimental measurements;

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


Examination (3 hours): 60%
Laboratory exercises: 20% Hurdle requirement: Laboratory course must be competed at PASS level)
Web based continuous assessment: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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


VCE Chemistry Units 3/4 (or equivalent) CHM1031, CHM1731, ENG1701, CHM1011