Chemistry of Materials 1 - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Supplemented
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam (60%) , Report - Laboratory Reports (16%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,931.00
International 2,181.00

This unit introduces the fundamental principles of university-level chemistry, and is designed for students who have completed Year 12 chemistry or the OUA unit SCI18 Introduction to Chemistry. Students will study chemical bonding and learn how it influences the structure, shape and properties of molecules. The chemistry of alkanes, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers and amines will be studied. Finally, chemical equilibria, electrochemistry and energy changes in chemical systems will be covered in theory.

Please note the dates below for the compulsory requirements for this unit to attend laboratory classes at RMIT University's City Campus in central Melbourne:

 Study Period 2:

  • July 10th - 11th 2017 - 9:30am - 4:30pm

Study Period 3:

  • Oct 16th - 17th 2017 - 9:30am - 4:30pm

Please Note: In order to pass, students must achieve a mark of at least 40% in the final written exam.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the bonding within inorganic and organic compounds, and explain how the nature of the bonding determines the shape and the properties of the molecule
  2. apply Molecular Orbital Theory to simple molecules
  3. understand the relationship between the structure of a molecule and its reactivity
  4. describe the reactions of organic functional groups including alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers and amines
  5. describe the three-dimensional nature of organic molecules, and show how their stereochemistry influences their binding to receptors and enzymes
  6. articulate the fundamental principles of chemical equilibria
  7. describe the thermodynamic relationships in simple systems
  8. demonstrate an understanding of electrochemistry
  9. undertake university-level chemistry experiments in a scientific and safe fashion.
  • Invigilated Exam (60%)
  • Report — Laboratory Reports (16%)
  • Test — Online tests (24%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

If you have not completed Year 12 chemistry then SCI18 is recommended.

  • Broadband access
  • Some on campus attendance — Includes two days of mandatory laboratory exercises at RMIT Melbourne.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Atomic structure and bonding
2Periodicity of atomic properties
3Molecular orbital theory and valence bond theory
5Organic functional group chemistry
6Isomerism and stereochemistry
7Chemical equilibria
11Chemistry laboratory

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This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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