Chemistry

Prerequisites: Students need to have completed or be concurrently enrolled in VCE Units 3 and 4 Chemistry

Semester 1

General principles of chemistry

General Principles of Chemistry aims to instil concepts, knowledge and skills that will enable you to apply chemical principles and practice. The subject covers many topics common to senior high school chemistry, including atomic structure, quantum theory, bonding, periodicity, organic and inorganic reactions and physical chemistry. The subject is intended to prepare you to advance to second semester chemistry.

Topics

Atomic theory and Electronic Structure; Spectral Identification; Periodic trends; Chemical Equations and Reactions; Organic Chemistry Bonding; Organic Chemistry Functional Groups; Isomerism and Stereochemistry; Mechanism of Reactions; Aromatic Compounds; Kinetic Molecular Theory; Thermochemistry; Equilibrium; Acids and Bases.

Duration: weekly

  • three 1 hour lecture (available online)
  • 1 hour tutorial blended mode
  • 3 hour laboratory session on campus

Semester 2

Applications of Chemistry

Applications of Chemistry further develops the foundation concepts and knowledge introduced in General Principles of Chemistry. This subject includes specific applications of chemistry to the manufacture of synthetic materials, identifying and alleviating chemical pollution, and the chemistry of living organisms.

Topics

Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change; Carbon Capture; Chemistry of water; Solutions; Kinetics; Acid-base Equilibria; Food Chemistry; Carboxylic acid Chemistry; Biological Chemistry; Polymers; Modern Materials; Periodic Trends; Chemistry of Metals; Inorganic Chemistry.

Duration: weekly

  • three 1 hour lecture (available online)
  • 1 hour tutorial blended mode
  • 3 hour laboratory session on campus