CHM1051 - Chemistry 1 advanced - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Chemistry

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Sara Kyne


Dr Cheow Yuen Lin (Clayton)
Dr Sara Kyne (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • October intake 2019 (On-campus)


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


CHM1011, CHM1031


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 atomic structure, 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;
  2. Interpret the relationships between electronic structure and bonding exploring a wide range of molecular structures;
  3. Investigate aspects of stereochemistry such as isomerism and chirality;
  4. Distinguish differences between ideal gases and real gases;
  5. Recognise factors which give rise to polarity and studying how this affects intermolecular bonding;
  6. Define the first and second laws of thermodynamics and apply enthalpy and entropy;
  7. Discuss factors which give rise to chemical kinetics;
  8. Apply acid-base chemistry in the understanding of dynamic equilibria;
  9. Discuss the basic principles of redox reactions and electrochemistry;
  10. Foster the acquisition of practical skills by exploiting an inquiry-based approach to the chemistry laboratory experience;
  11. Formulate hypotheses and design chemical experiments to synthesise and collect unique data using a range of sophisticated apparatus and technologies;
  12. Apply recognised methods for interpreting chemical data;
  13. 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: 35% (Hurdle)

Online assessment: 10%

Hurdle requirements: 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 and one 4-hour laboratory class per week

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