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CHEM1112: Chemistry 1B

Chemistry transforms the way we live. It provides the basis for understanding biological, geological and atmospheric processes, how medicines work, the properties of materials and substances, how beer is brewed, and for obtaining forensic evidence. This unit of study builds upon your prior knowledge of chemistry to further develop your knowledge and skills in chemistry for application to life and medical sciences, engineering, industrial processing, and further study in chemistry. You will learn about organic chemistry reactions, structural determination, nitrogen chemistry, industrial processes, kinetics, electrochemistry, thermochemistry, phase behaviours, solubility equilibrium and chemistry of metals. You will further develop experimental design, conduct and analysis skills in chemistry through experiments that ask and answer questions like how do we develop lotions that don't burn us, how do we measure UV absorption by sunscreens, how can we measure and alter soil pH, how are sticky things made, and how do we determine the concentration of vitamin C in juice? Through enquiry, observation and measurement, you will understand the 'why' and the 'how' of the natural and physical world and will be able to apply this understanding to real-world problems and solutions. Chemistry 1B is built on a satisfactory prior knowledge of Chemistry 1A.


Academic unit Chemistry Academic Operations
Unit code CHEM1112
Unit name Chemistry 1B
Session, year
Semester 1, 2023
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

CHEM1002 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1108 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992
CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or (75 or above in CHEM1011 or CHEM1001)
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Stephen George-Williams,
Administrative staff Chemistry Education Support -
Type Description Weight Due Length
Supervised exam
Final Proctored exam
More information below the assessment table. This assessment is compulsory.
45% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO5 LO4 LO2
Online task Pre-laboratory quizzes
Open book online Canvas quizzes covering laboratory theory and safety
3% Multiple weeks 15-30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO5 LO8
Small continuous assessment Laboratory Log Book
a record of observations
5% Multiple weeks 1-2 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO7 LO6
Skills-based evaluation In-laboratory assessment
3x competency (2x alternative assessments for RE)
7% Multiple weeks Varied
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO6
Assignment Spectroscopy Problem Solving Assignment
2x untimed canvas quizzes focusing on spectroscopy topic
10% Week 03
Due date: 12 Mar 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 22 Mar 2023
2x canvas quizzes, 2 weeks to complete
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO4
Assignment Major post-laboratory assessment
A laboratory report
10% Week 09
Due date: 24 Apr 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 04 May 2023
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO5 LO4 LO2
Small continuous assessment Workshop quizzes
Canvas based quizzes based on the pre- and in- workshop content
20% Weekly ~30 min each, 1 attempt only in class
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO2


  • Weekly Workshop Quizzes: Weekly online quizzes covering the topics in the course. These quizzes are designed to help you develop your understanding of key topics and to give you continuous feedback. Each quiz will only be available during the weekly workshops with a 30-minute time limit, with one being able to reattempted in week 13. Out of the 12 quizzes, 2 will not be assessed, after which the top 8 / 10 will be used to calculate the final grade contribution from the weekly lecture quizzes.
  • Spectroscopy Problem Solving Assignment: An online research task based on workshops in the tutorials involving structure determination of organic molecules from IR, UV and NMR spectroscopy. The structure determination section is only assessed through this assignment, i.e. it is not re-assessed in the final examination or any other assessments.
  • Examination: The final examination covers both the pre- and in- workshop materials and is made up of a mixture of multiple-choice and short-answer questions. No laboratory work, nor the spectroscopy topic, is examinable. 
    • Failure to submit or attend compulsory assessment tasks, such as this exam, will result in an Absent Fail (AF) for the unit.
    • If a second replacement exam is required, this exam may be delivered via an alternative assessment method, such as a viva voce (oral exam). The alternative assessment will meet the same learning outcomes as the original exam. The format of the alternative assessment will be determined by the unit coordinator.
    • There will be no third replacement exam offering.


  • Pre-Laboratory Quizzes: Available under the Laboratory Program Canvas site. Note that these quizzes must be completed before you arrive to complete a given experiment. Your highest six quizzes will be counted towards your final grade.
  • Laboratory Log Book: The logbook is a record of observations and hypotheses. Your highest five logbooks will be counted towards your final grade.
  • In-laboratory assessment: Key laboratory skills (purification and analytical techniques) completed and assessed during the laboratory sessions. Students will also be assessed on their design of a kinetics experiment based on the iodine clock reaction. Consideration should also be given to safety, cleanliness, and timeliness. Alternative assessments will be provided to RE students.
  • Major post-laboratory assignment: One scientific laboratory report due in week 9, based on a choice of three experiments.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

At HD level, a student demonstrates a flair for the subject as well as a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the unit material. A ‘High Distinction’ reflects exceptional achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates the ability to apply their subject knowledge and understanding to produce original solutions for novel or highly complex problems and/or comprehensive critical discussions of theoretical concepts.


75 - 84

At DI level, a student demonstrates an aptitude for the subject and a well-developed understanding of the unit material. A ‘Distinction’ reflects excellent achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates an ability to apply their subject knowledge and understanding of the subject to produce good solutions for challenging problems and/or a reasonably well-developed critical analysis of theoretical concepts.


65 - 74

At CR level, a student demonstrates a good command and knowledge of the unit material. A ‘Credit’ reflects solid achievement and is awarded to a student who has a broad general understanding of the unit material and can solve routine problems and/or identify and superficially discuss theoretical concepts.


50 - 64

At PS level, a student demonstrates proficiency in the unit material. A ‘Pass’ reflects satisfactoryachievement and is awarded to a student who has threshold knowledge.


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

online quizzes cannot be submitted late

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Laboratory weeks 3-12, Blended online and on-campus program, see the lab canvas page for details Science laboratory (24 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 01 Introduction, stereochemistry and spectroscopy (includes 3 hours of pre-work) Workshop (5 hr)  
Week 02 Kinetics (includes 2 hours of pre-work) Workshop (4 hr)  
Week 03 Organic chemistry: Introduction, acid-base and substitution reactions (includes 2 hours of pre-work) Workshop (4 hr)  
Week 04 Organic chemistry: Elimination and electrophilic addition reactions (includes 2 hours of pre-work) Workshop (4 hr)  
Week 05 Organic chemistry: Nucleophilic Addition, Oxidation/reduction, Acyl derivatives, and Synthetic strategy (includes 3 hours of pre-work) Workshop (5 hr)  
Week 06 Electrochemistry (includes 2 hours of pre-work) Workshop (4 hr)  
Week 07 Electrochemistry continued (includes 2 hours of pre-work) Workshop (4 hr)  
Week 08 Metals in solution (includes 2 hours of pre-work) Workshop (4 hr)  
Week 09 Metals in solution continued (includes 2 hours of pre-work) Workshop (4 hr)  
Week 10 Gas Laws and Atmospheric Chemistry (includes 2 hours of pre-work) Workshop (4 hr)  
Week 11 Intermolecular Forces and Phase Diagrams (includes 2 hours of pre-work) Workshop (4 hr)  
Week 12 Colligative properties and solubility equilibria (includes 2 hours of pre-work) Workshop (4 hr)  
Week 13 Solid packing (includes 3 hours of pre-work) Workshop (5 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Laboratory classes are compulsory, and laboratory assessment must be passed for the unit to be passed. Apply for special consideration if you miss a class.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, language and symbolism of organic and inorganic chemistry
  • LO2. understand the organic and inorganic transformations, how they relate to structure and how they can be manipulated in nature and nanotechnology
  • LO3. perform safe laboratory manipulations and to handle glassware
  • LO4. find and analyse information and judge its reliability and significance
  • LO5. communicate scientific information appropriately both orally and through written work
  • LO6. engage in team and group work for scientific investigations and for the process of learning
  • LO7. demonstrate a sense of responsibility and independence as a learner and as a scientist
  • LO8. demonstrate basic skills in computing, numeracy and data handling.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
Exams will be returning to in-person supervised exams.

Work, health and safety

We are governed by the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 and Codes of Practice. Penalties for non-compliance have increased. Everyone has a responsibility for health and safety at work. The University’s Work Health and Safety policy explains the responsibilities and expectations of workers and others, and the procedures for managing WHS risks associated with University activities.

General Laboratory Safety Rules

  • No eating or drinking is allowed in any laboratory under any circumstances 
  • A laboratory coat and closed-toe shoes are mandatory 
  • Follow safety instructions in your manual and posted in laboratories 
  • In case of fire, follow instructions posted outside the laboratory door 
  • First aid kits, eye wash and fire extinguishers are located in or immediately outside each laboratory 
  • As a precautionary measure, it is recommended that you have a current tetanus immunisation. This can be obtained from University Health Service.


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