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CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline Restricted
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline Restricted
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective
This unit introduces knowledge essential to the understanding of matter, atomic structure and the bonding of elements to form compounds. Following this, topics covered include the mole concept, chemical reactions, chemical nomenclature and solvents. These topics lead to a description of chemical reactions including oxidation and reduction, acids and bases, energy changes in reactions, reaction rates and chemical equilibrium. Furthermore, key subject matter requisite for developing a broad knowledge in Chemistry, including organic chemistry, intermolecular forces and gases will be covered.
Students are able to (1) understand principles and concepts related to the structure of matter, chemical reactions, solvents and organic chemistry; (2) acquire basic practical skills in (a) demonstration, manipulation and use of chemicals and standard laboratory apparatus; (b) predicting the outcome of simple chemical reactions; (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) an end-of-semester examination; (2) online quizzes based on lecture material; and (3) laboratory work, which includes pre-laboratory work and worksheets completed in the laboratory. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Dino Spagnoli
Unit rules
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry or equivalent
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; labs: 18 hours per semester (unsatisfactory attendance and/or performance at the laboratory sessions leads to a laboratory mark of zero)
This bridging unit is only required if the student has not completed ATAR Chemistry or equivalent or higher. Students must achieve a mark of 70 per cent or greater for this unit to be a valid option in the Chemistry major..

CHEM1003 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.

Blackman, Southam, Lawrie, Williamson, Thompson, Bridgeman, Chemistry Core Concepts, 2nd Edition, Wiley ISBN: 9781742467078

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