Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Chemistry
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia October intake 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Chris Thompson (Clayton); Dr. Cheow Yuen Lin (Malaysia)


CHM1051 has been designed for students who have demonstrated a strong aptitude for chemistry during secondary studies, eg. a VCE Chemistry Study Score >=37. On completion of this unit, students will have gained an understanding of how atoms and molecules interact with each other and how this affects their bonding, reactivity, 3D structure and physical properties. A number of important topics such as stoichiometry, intermolecular forces, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibria, and electrochemistry will be developed in order to prepare students for a deeper exploration of chemistry. The concepts developed within the lectures and workshops are complemented through an extended 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. Employ quantum mechanics to describe features of atomic structure and the construction of the periodic table of elements;

  1. Interpret the relationships between electronic structure and bonding exploring a wide range of molecular structures;

  1. Investigate aspects of stereochemistry such as isomerism and chirality;

  1. Distinguish differences between ideal gases and real gases;

  1. Recognise factors which give rise to polarity and studying how this effects intermolecular bonding;

  1. Define the first and second laws of thermodynamics and apply enthalpy and entropy;

  1. Discuss factors which give rise to chemical kinetics;

  1. Apply acid-base chemistry in the understanding of dynamic equilibria;

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

  1. Formulate hypotheses and design chemical experiments to synthesise and collect unique data using a range of sophisticated apparatus and technologies;

  1. Apply recognised methods for interpreting chemical data;

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


Continuous assessments: 40%
Final examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures and one 4-hour laboratory class per week

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


VCE Units 3 and 4 Chemistry (Study Score >=37), or an ATAR >=90


CHM1011, CHM1031