Chemistry of Materials 2 - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • 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 is designed for students who have completed Year 12 chemistry or the OUA unit SCI18 Introduction to Chemistry; as well, students should have also completed Chemistry of Materials 1, or be taking it concurrently. Students will study: acid-base equilibria; periodic trends of the elements; transition metals; alkenes and alkynes; aromatics; chemistry of carbonyl compounds: aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and acid derivatives; addition and condensation polymerisation; phase equilibria and solution chemistry; conductance and kinetics.

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 12- 13, 2017 - 9:30am - 4:30pm

Study Period 3:

  • Oct 18 - 19 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 chemical equilibria and its application to acid-base properties
  2. describe the solid-state structures of metals and ionic compounds
  3. describe periodic trends in chemical properties in the elements
  4. understand the chemistry of the transition metals
  5. describe the reactions of organic functional groups including aromatics, alkenes and alkynes, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids, and carboxylic acid derivatives
  6. apply an understanding of phase equilibria to ideal and real solutions
  7. describe the use of conductance in the study of chemical systems
  8. describe chemical kinetics and apply the integrated rate law
  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:

Students should have completed the OUA unit SCC100 or be taking it concurrently.

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

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Chemical equilibria
2Acid-base equilibria
3Periodic trends of the elements
4Transition metal chemistry
5Functional group chemistry of unsaturated hydrocarbons and carbonyl compounds; addition and condensation polymerisation
6Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
7Phase equilibria
8Solution chemistry
10Chemical kinetics
11Chemistry laboratory

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  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.
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