CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
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.

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 Dino Spagnoli
Unit rules
This unit is not available to students who have a satisfactory performance (scaled score of 50 per cent or more) in Chemistry ATAR or WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or TEE 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 complementary unit for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major and Genetics major and option unit for the Chemistry major is only required if the student has not completed WACE Chemistry. Students must achieve a mark of 70 per cent or greater for this unit to be a valid option in the Chemistry major.

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

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  • 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.