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Unit Overview


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).

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Not available in 2024AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

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) demonstrate practical skills in the operation of instrumentation; (3) demonstrate practical skills in techniques of data analysis; (4) demonstrate practical skills in the interpretation of experimental measurements and the evaluation of their reliability; (5) demonstrate skills development in scientific writing, problem solving, critical analysis and teamwork; and (6) demonstrate skills in 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.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the laboratory sessions component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gavin Flematti
Unit rules
Successful completion of two Unit(s)
CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics
or CHEX1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics
CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity
or CHEX1002 Chemistry Structure and Reactivity
Unit(s) 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.
  • 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.