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Chemistry Basics




A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.


About offering

This unit aims to equip students with core knowledge and skills needed to undertake tertiary-level studies that require a fundamental knowledge of Chemistry and is designed specifically for students who have little or no previous Chemistry experience.

What you'll learn

  • recognise the main types of bonds formed in molecules, the inter-molecular forces found between molecules and their resulting physical properties using the atomic approach
  • apply the principles of chemical measurement to both quantitatively and qualitatively determine chemical species in simple samples CLO4
  • describe the difference between chemical and physical processes and be able to explain a chemical reaction using conventional mathematical and symbolic representations CLO1
  • recognise the major classes of organic compounds and identify them by their functional groups CLO2

Learning pathway

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  • Curtin course code: CHEM0005
  • This offering was last updated on: 21/08/2019