CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Physical and Analytical specialisation in the Chemistry major sequence
  • Level 2 core unit in the Synthetic specialisation in the Chemistry major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit is compulsory for all students taking a major in Chemistry. It provides the foundation for more advanced study in all areas of chemistry. Emphasis is placed on core chemical principles and experimental techniques relevant to physical, analytical, inorganic and organic chemistry. Topics include—techniques for separation science such as chromatography, gas–liquid chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography; spectroscopic techniques such as mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and infrared and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy for the determination of molecular structure; methods for determining, interpreting and reporting the uncertainties in experimental measurement; how to write a lab report; general chemical literacy, chemistry societies, sources of reference data, and the publication process; and concepts of thermodynamics of chemical reactions (building on those introduced in CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics).
Students are able to (1) understand principles and concepts related to (a) techniques for separation science; (b) spectroscopic determination of molecular structure; (c) more advanced topics in chemical thermodynamics; and (d) chemical literacy and scientific writing; (2) acquire basic practical skills in (a) the operation of instrumentation; (b) techniques of data analysis; and (c) the interpretation of experimental measurements and the evaluation of their reliability; and (3) further their skills development in scientific writing, problem solving, critical analysis and teamwork, as well as more advanced research skills specific to the discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory sessions; (2) quizzes and/or assignments based on lecture content and literature research; and (3) examination. 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)
Professor Murray Baker
Unit rules
CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics (may be substituted with CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry provided a mark of at least 70 percent is achieved)
CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity
CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 6 hours per fortnight (for 12 weeks)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.