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CHEX1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective
Content
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.
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.

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)
Assoc Professor Matthew Piggott (Semester 1); Assoc Professor Keith Stubbs (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
ATAR Chemistry or WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or TEE Chemistry or equivalent or CHEM1105 Introductory Chemistry or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
CHEM1102 Organic Chemistry, CHEM1103 Biological Organic 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)
Note
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

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