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
OfferedMalaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Chris Thompson (Clayton); Dr. Pushpamalar Janarthanan (Malaysia)


CHM1052 has been designed for students who have demonstrated a strong aptitude for chemistry during secondary studies, eg. a VCE Chemistry Study Score >=37. In this unit, students will exploit their understanding of general and physical chemistry discussed in CHM1051 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 lectures 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. 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. 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

Two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour workshop 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), an ATAR >= 90, or a high distinction grade in CHM1011


CHM1022, CHM1042