CHM1022 - Chemistry 2 - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Chemistry

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Sara Kyne


Dr Sara Kyne

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


CHM1042, CHM1052


Within CHM1022, students will 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;
  2. Describe the classification, bonding, structure, properties and reactions of a wide range of organic compounds according to the functional groups they contain;
  3. Describe the nature of biological and synthetic macromolecules such as proteins, carbohydrates, and polymers;
  4. Discuss the properties of transition elements;
  5. Describe a wide range of coordination compounds and their structures, reactions and applications in both synthetic materials and biological systems;
  6. Describe how spectroscopy can be used to investigate molecular structure;
  7. Foster practical skills by exploiting an inquiry-based approach to the chemistry laboratory experience;
  8. Communicate chemistry, and discuss the social and environmental responsibility of chemists in the global community.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Examination (2 hours): 55% (Hurdle)

Laboratory work: 30% (Hurdle)

Online assessment: 10%

Tutorials: 5%

Hurdle requirement: To pass this unit a student must achieve a minimum score of 50% in the laboratory practical component and a minimum of 30% for the end-of-semester exam.

Supplementary assessment is not available for the lab practical component.

Workload requirements

  • Two 1-hour workshops
  • One hour of directed independent study
  • One 1-hour tutorial
  • One 3-hour laboratory per week

See also Unit timetable information

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



Materials science