CHEM12079 - Inorganic Chemistry

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will advance your theoretical knowledge of chemical synthesis with a focus on the structural aspects and energy requirements of bond formation. You will study lattice structures and layers and predict the geometry and bonding properties of molecules using Valence Bond and Molecular Orbital Theories. You will examine the unique properties of the D-block elements and the formation of coordination compounds. You will study interfacial chemistry, for example at solid-liquid boundaries, which lay the foundation for solute transport and is key element of chemical kinetics. Completing this unit will significantly advance your standing as an inorganic chemist and prepare you for the study of advanced topics such as nanotechnology, analytical spectroscopy and materials development.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:

CHEM11044 Chemical Reactions OR CHEM11045 Chemical Investigation and Theory or permission of Head of Course

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2022

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Take Home Exam 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit evaluation survey
Feedback
Students stated that the assessment pieces supported their learning and increased their understanding of unit content.
Recommendation
Continue with similar assessment formats in 2021.
Action Taken
Similar assessment formats were successfully implemented.
Source: Unit evaluation survey
Feedback
Students noted that some lectures could be enhanced and that additional tutorial style questions would assist their learning.
Recommendation
Lectures will be reviewed and improved wherever possible, ahead of the second offering. A selection of further targeted tutorial questions will be prepared for 2021.
Action Taken
All lectures were enhanced for this second offering of the Unit.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation Survey and direct feedback to Unit Coordinator.
Feedback
Students commented that the lectures were delivered at a suitable pace and promoted understanding of new or complex topics.
Recommendation
Continue with a similar approach to content delivery in 2022.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation Survey.
Feedback
Some students recommended mapping tutorial style problems to specific unit learning outcomes.
Recommendation
Provide a further targeted list of tutorial style problems and consider highlighting the links to unit learning outcomes in 2022.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Predict the chemistry of coordination compounds as a result of the electronic structure
  2. Analyse and compare electron transitions in molecules and compounds using existing theories
  3. Relate the unique properties of the D-Block elements and characteristics of coordination compounds to their atomic structure
  4. Compare solute transport processes at the liquid interface, and their influences on chemical reactions.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Take Home Exam