CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Chemistry major sequence
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Genetics major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Life and Health Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
This unit focuses on the chemical properties and description of matter at the macroscopic level. It comprises one half of the Level 1 units taken for a Chemistry major, but also acts as a service unit for students in a variety of other majors. The unit introduces essential knowledge and principles in the areas of thermodynamics, gases, intermolecular interactions and the nature of liquids, solids and solutions, chemical kinetics, aspects of chemical equilibrium including acids, bases and solubility, electrochemistry and the chemistry of non-metals. It provides an essential foundation for more advanced studies in these topics.
Students are able to (1) understand principles and concepts related to (a) thermochemistry and thermodynamics; (b) the nature of gases, liquids and solids, and the important intermolecular forces; (c) the description of the rates of chemical reactions; (d) chemical equilbrium; (e) properties of solutions and solution phenomena including acid–base chemistry and solubility; (f) oxidation and reduction reactions; and (g) the chemistry of the non-metals; (2) acquire basic practical skills in (a) basic experimental techniques in physical chemistry; (b) demonstration, manipulation and use of basic chemicals and standard laboratory apparatus; and (c) 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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final examination; (2) online quizzes; and (3) practical component—six laboratory sessions. 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 Duncan Wild (1st Semester) and Dr Dino Spagnoli (2nd Semester)
Unit rules
ATAR Chemistry or WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or TEE Chemistry or equivalent or CHEM1105 Introductory Chemistry or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
CHEM1101 Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, CHEM1104 Biological Inorganic and Physical 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)
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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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.