Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview

Description

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.

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Geochemistry; Human Sciences (Anatomy and Physiology); Chemical Engineering; Chemistry major sequences
  • Level 1 option in the Pharmacology major sequence
  • Level 1 elective
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) demonstration, 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

Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quizzes; (2) practical component; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.



Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Assoc Prof Keith Stubbs (Semester 1) and Dr Penny Comino (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry (ID 1063)
or CHEX1003 Introductory Chemistry
or ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or ATAR Subject(s) WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or equivalent
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
workshops: 1 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)
Note
CHEM1002 has a compulsory face to face laboratory component, which will need to be completed (at a later date) before a final grade can be awarded for the unit, if the unit is completed in an online mode.

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.
Text

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

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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 one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.