UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Chemistry major sequence
  • Level 1 core unit in the Chemical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 1 option in the Pharmacology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major sequences
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 1 elective
Content This unit introduces essential knowledge and principles in the areas of atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular geometry and stereochemistry. It discusses the properties and elementary reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, aromatic compounds, alcohols, ethers, haloalkanes, aldehydes, ketones, amines and carboxylic acids and derivatives. The coverage includes important biological molecules, such as carbohydrates, proteins and nucleic acids as well as transition metal compounds.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand principles and concepts related to the structure of matter, organic chemistry, bonding geometry and stereochemistry, nomenclature, structure, properties and elementary reactions of common classes of organic molecules, the chemistry of biomolecules and transition metals; (2) acquire basic practical skills in (a) basic experimental techniques in chemical synthesis; (b) manipulation and use of basic chemicals and standard laboratory apparatus; (c) predicting the outcome of simple chemical reactions; facilitated by the understanding of mechanism; (d) devising simple syntheses of compounds; and (e) recording and analysis of experimental measurements and procedures; and (3) gain skills in scientific writing, problem solving, critical analysis and teamwork, as well as basic research skills, through a combination of practical class experimentation and self-paced learning in online quizzes.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) practical component—six laboratory sessions (25 per cent) and (2) theoretical component—multiple-choice online quizzes throughout the semester (25 per cent) and a two-hour final examination (50 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Keith Stubbs (Semester 1), Dr Scott Stewart (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Prerequisites: ATAR Chemistry or WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or TEE Chemistry or equivalent or CHEM1105 Introductory Chemistry or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility: CHEM1102 Organic Chemistry, CHEM1103 Biological Organic Chemistry
Contact hours lectures: 3 hours per week; labs: 3 hours per week (for 6 weeks) (unsatisfactory attendance and/or performance at the laboratory sessions leads to a laboratory mark of zero)
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/CHEM1002/SEM-1/2017
Semester 2 : http://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/CHEM1002/SEM-2/2017
Note CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics and CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity can be taken in any order and are both offered in Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Mahaffy, P. et al. Chemistry: Human Activity, Chemical Reactivity: Nelson Education Ltd 2011

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