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Chemistry 1b (1517.8)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science


  • UC - Canberra, Bruce
    Year Teaching Period Convener Mode of Delivery
    2021 Semester 2     (Ph: ) ON-CAMPUS

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  • Semester 2, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (195675) - View
  • Semester 2, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (185440) - View
  • Semester 2, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (181483) - View
  • Semester 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (166411) - View
  • Semester 2, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (161008) - View
  • Semester 2, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (140846) - View

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This unit continues from Chemistry 1A (1516) with the development of basic chemical concepts that prepare students for various specialist subjects in second and third year. Physical Chemistry topics covered include thermodynamics, reaction kinetics and advanced redox. Organic Chemistry topics are also introduced including the chemistry of carbon, carbon bonds, hydrocarbons, organic functional groups, their nomenclature and general reactions, stereochemistry and chirality of organic compounds and biologically important organic molecules such as carbohydrates, amino acids and proteins. Lectures on these topics are closely integrated with the laboratory/tutorial program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate good laboratory practice when working with chemicals either individually or in cooperation with others;

2. Set up simple experiments that demonstrate their understanding of some of the important basic chemical principles; and

3. Identify and represent chemical structures, as well as predict chemical behaviour, based on the topics covered including thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, redox reactions, organic functional groups, reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

1 hour lecture, 1 hour tutorial, and 2 hour practical per week.


1516 Chemistry 1A.



Assumed Knowledge

Basic chemistry (As covered in Chemistry 1A)

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