Chemistry 1B

Unit code: RCS1602 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park
St Albans
RCS1601 - Chemistry 1A
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Chemistry 1B continues on from Chemistry 1A and provides further studies in fundamental chemical principles to give students a solid chemical foundation for further studies in chemistry and other sciences. Content is delivered via a blended learning model including online activities and content, instructor-led class discussions and theory put into practice with complementary laboratory exercises. Study topics comprise: matter including organic, biological, coordination, radioactive and acidic and basic compounds; reactions including energy, rates and equilibrium; including titrimetric, pH and light absorption. For students interested in teaching chemistry taking the four unit sequence Chemistry 1A, Chemistry 1B, Analytical Methods 1 and Organic Synthesis adequately prepares students to deliver units 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the VCE chemistry curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Contextualise the underlying fundamental principles on which the chemistry discipline is based so as to build a foundation of knowledge from which to pursue further studies in chemistry and related sciences roles;
  2. Apply the fundamental principles and skills of chemistry to their chosen discipline;
  3. Solve structured predictable problems relating to the chemical nature of matter and its measurement;
  4. Apply analytical methodology in collaborative settings to analyse various chemical samples including assessing the quality of the results and reporting and discussing the results so as to build professional capabilities in the experimental aspects of chemistry and chemistry communication;
  5. Work effectively, ethically and safely in an individual or team context in a laboratory setting.

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Laboratory Work
Grade: 30%
Reports and practical skills
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 45%
Three Tests (15%, 45mins each)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 25%
Oral, poster or other

Required reading

Chemistry for Today: General, Organic and Biochemistry
Seager, S.L., Slabaugh, M.R. and Hansen, M.S., (2018)| Cengage Learning, Boston, MA, USA

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