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CHE2120 Chemistry 2

Semester 2, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Biological & Physical Sciences

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Examiner: Mark Lynch
Moderator: Ursula Kennedy


Pre-requisite: CHE1110


This course provides students with the basic principles and skills of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry as they relate to the study of Biology and Chemistry. The course builds upon the material covered in Chemistry 1 (CHE1110) and is essential for further studies in Biology.


This course addresses the important basic principles and concepts of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry. The course covers electrochemistry, coordination chemistry, reaction kinetics, organic functional groups, IUPAC naming, basic stereochemistry, and simple reactions. This course has a compulsory laboratory component. This course involves a compulsory Residential School for external students only.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. apply the basic principles of redox reactions and electrochemistry;
  2. describe the chemistry of metallo-organic molecules;
  3. apply the basic principles of stereochemistry and chirality in organic chemistry;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the organisation of organic functional groups;
  5. describe simple organic reactions and functional group interconversions;
  6. utilize appropriate laboratory techniques in basic organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Electrochemistry ? balancing of redox reactions; determining cell potentials. Inorganic chemistry - metallo-organic compounds; coordination complexes; oxidation states; naming and stereochemistry. 45.00
2. Organic Chemistry - naming of simple organic compounds; stereochemistry and chirality and their implications; functional groups and their interconversions. 45.00
3. Laboratory Practical classes will give students a practical understanding of the concepts within the lectures. At the conclusion of the practical, students will: - demonstrate an understanding of the need for laboratory safety and safe work habits; show mastery of basic laboratory skills; and have become familiar with the use of some common pieces of laboratory equipment. 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Blackman, A, Bottle, SE, Schmid, S, Mocerino, M & Wille, U 2012, Chemistry, 2nd edn, Wiley PLUS, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Qld.
  • Chemistry 2 practical manual, USQ Publication, Toowoomba.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Aylward, G & Findlay, T 2002, SI chemical data, 5th edn, John Wiley & Sons, New York.
  • Ebbing, DD & Gammon, SD 2005, General chemistry & solution manual, 8th edn, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, MA, ISBN: 04 708 075 39.
  • Hughes, KJ 1999, Study guide for Umland/Bellamas general chemistry, 3rd edn, Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove.
  • Umland, JB & Bellama, JM 1999, General chemistry, 3rd edn, Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove.
  • Yates, P 1997, Chemical calculations, Blackie Academic and Professional, London.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 3.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 24.00
Private Study 129.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
1.5HR RESTRICTD TEST TOPIC 1 35 35 17 Jul 2012 (see note 1)
LABORATORY REPORTS 10 10 17 Jul 2012 (see note 2)
QUIZZES 20 20 17 Jul 2012 (see note 3)
1.5HR RESTRICTD EXAM TOPIC 2 35 35 End S2 (see note 4)

  1. Examiner to advise due dates for Mid-Semester Test.
  2. Examiner to advise due dates for Laboratory Reports.
  3. Examiner to advise due dates for Online Quizzes.
  4. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximize their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. To maximize their chances of satisfying the objectives of the practical component of the course, students should attend and actively participate in the laboratory sessions in the course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course).

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. In order to attend laboratory classes, students must provide and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. This shall include a laboratory coat, closed in shoes, and safety glasses. Such equipment must be approved by supervising staff. Failure to provide and wear the appropriate safety equipment will result in students being excluded from classes.

Other requirements

  1. It is expected that students in this course have access to a computer with internet capabilities for accessing relevant course materials as they become available. The system used should be able to handle files generated as pdf's, powerpoint or word. Additional useful freeware software that my be beneficial yet not a formal requirement may be discussed during class.