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CHE2120 Chemistry 2

Semester 2, 2021 External
Short Description: Chemistry 2
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 010599 - Chemical Sciences not elsewher
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Mark Lynch


Pre-requisite: CHE1110


This course provides students with the basic principles and skills of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry. The course builds upon the material covered in Chemistry 1 (CHE1110).


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 graded laboratory component. This course contains a highly recommended residential school for external students and highly recommended on-campus laboratories for on-campus students (non-attendance will mean the student misses both an element for assessment preparation and an element of assessment).


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

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

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Blackman, A, Bottle, SE, Schmid, S, Mocerino, M & Wille, U 2019, Chemistry, 4th edn, John Wiley & Sons.
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.
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 2007, Chemical calculations: mathematics for chemistry, 2nd edn, Blackie Academic and Professional, London.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 3.00
Private Study 129.00
Residential Schools 24.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
1.5hr Restricted Test 35 35 13 Jul 2021 (see note 1)
Laboratory Reports 10 10 13 Jul 2021 (see note 2)
Quizzes 20 20 13 Jul 2021 (see note 3)
Open Examination - Online 35 35 End S2 (see note 4)

  1. The Mid-Semester test will be on topic 1. Examiner to advise due dates for Mid-Semester Test.
  2. Examiner to advise due dates for Laboratory Reports. External students will undertake laboratories during the residential school. The dates and location of the highly recommended residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (
  3. Examiner to advise due dates for Online Quizzes.
  4. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students are highly recommended to attend the residential school and on-campus students are highly recommended to attend the scheduled laboratories as the residential school and laboratories are linked to an assessment and an element of assessment preparation. 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.

  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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed, written, or online material as well as a calculator.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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.

  2. Attendance at the residential school (external students) is Highly Recommended (non-attendance will mean the student misses both an element for assessment preparation and an element of assessment).

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 may be beneficial yet not a formal requirement may be discussed during class.

Date printed 8 November 2021