• Offered by ANU Wide
  • ANU College ANU Wide
  • Course subject ANU College
  • Areas of interest Chemistry
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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ANUC1127 offers Diploma students similar learning outcomes to CHEM1101 in a highly supportive environment with extended hours for teaching and learning.

The following syllabus provides a general guide to the topics to be discussed:

Atomic structure and bonding: electronic structure of atoms, quantum numbers, orbitals and energy levels, filling sequence, periodicity of atomic properties, octet 'rule', chemical bonds - ionic, covalent - energetics, H-bonds, Lewis structures, shapes of molecules, VSEPR theory, valence bond theory, hybridisation, resonance, molecular orbital theory of simple homonuclear diatomic molecules.

Equilibrium: Haber process as example of the Law of mass action, equilibrium constants, Kc and Kp, Le Chatelier's principle, reaction quotient, endo- and exo-thermic reactions.

Acids/bases and aqueous equilibria: classical, Lowry-Brønsted, and Lewis definitions, pH of aqueous solutions, strengths of acids and bases - Ka and Kb, titration curves, buffers, extent of hydrolysis - weak acids/bases, solubility products.

Introductory thermodynamics: Energy - different forms, kinetic and potential, heat and work, the First Law of Thermodynamics, conservation of energy, internal energy and enthalpy, Hess' Law, state functions, standard states, calorimetry.

Electrochemistry: redox reactions, half-cell reactions and balancing equations, oxidation states, Voltaic cells, electrodes, electrode potentials, electromotive force and the free energy of cell reactions, Nernst equation.

Advanced thermodynamics: entropy, Second and Third Laws of Thermodynamics, free energy, equilibrium, spontaneous processes, equilibrium constants - calculations, extent of reaction.

Organic structure, isomerism & reactivity: carbon hybridization, functional groups, nomenclature, 3D chemistry, conformations, isomerism, biological and synthetic polymers - for example, polyamides and polysaccharides.

Laboratory: Exercises illustrating the simpler principles of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. The apparatus used in the course is supplied by the Research School of Chemistry. Attendance at laboratory classes is compulsory.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the electronic structure of an atom and the concept of chemical bonding and be able to interpret the relationships between them.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the laws of thermodynamics, heat changes in reactions and entropy.  Be able to explain whether a reaction is spontaneous. 
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of chemical equilibria, acids and bases and the processes occurring in solution.  Be able to perform quantitative calculations.
  4. Be able to interpret a developed thin layer chromatogram.
  5. Be able to demonstrate an insight and understanding into the bonding and structure of a variety of simple organic molecules, including isomerism and stereochemistry.
  6. Be able to demonstrate the use of chemical nomenclature and the knowledge of the classification, properties and reactions of a wide variety of organic compounds according to the functional groups they contain.
  7. Recognise the importance of chemistry in the biological sciences and society at large. Be able to apply chemical concepts to the understanding of biological structures and processes.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to perform safe laboratory manipulations and to manipulate glassware.  Be able to perform volumetric analysis and chemical synthesis following a prescribed procedure.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Laboratory work (25%) (LO1-8)
  • Online quizzes (20%) (LO1-7)
  • Final examination (55%) (LO1-7)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

160 hours of total student learning time made up from:
  • 75 hours of lectures and laboratory/tutorial-based activities
  • 85 hours of supported and independent student work.

Requisite and Incompatibility

An ACT major in Chemistry or NSW HSC Chemistry, or equivalent, or successful completion of a bridging course in Chemistry is required. To enrol in this course, you must be enrolled in the Diploma of Science. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed CHEM1101.

Prescribed Texts

Brown, Lemay, Bursten et al., Chemistry: The Central Science latest Ed., Pearson 2014

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3498
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5016
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3996 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 14 Jun 2019 In Person N/A

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