Courses & Units

Chemistry 1B KRA102


This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.


Students who do not have the necessary prerequisites for this unit should enrol in KRA001, Chemistry Foundation Unit and KMA003, Mathematics Foundation Unit. A chemistry major is recognised by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) as meeting the requirements for Graduate Member (MRACI) provided that either a mathematics or physics unit is also taken at 1st year level in addition to both KRA101 and KRA102.  Lab coat and safety glasses are required.


Chemistry 1A (Semester 1) and Chemistry 1B (Semester 2) are core units for the Chemistry major, Environmental Science and Biomedical Science students and give an introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry. Both units build on the introduction to chemistry given in year 12 and provide a foundation to four of the sub-disciplines of chemistry: inorganic, organic, analytical and physical chemistry.
Chemistry 1B provides students with more fundamental knowledge and concepts in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Organic Chemistry covers aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, and amines and explores the biological applications of organic chemistry. Inorganic Chemistry (Chemical Bonding and Structure) introduces the coordination chemistry of the transition metals, including the significance of coordination compounds in biology and the environment. It also introduces analytical chemistry. Physical Chemistry in this unit involves a study of thermochemistry (including heat capacity and specific heat, calorimetry, Hesss law, enthalpy, and foods and fuels), thermodynamics (including spontaneity, entropy, and Gibbs free energy), chemical kinetics (including rates of reaction, the Arrhenius equation, activation energy, and catalysis), and electrochemistry (including electrochemical cells, the Nernst equation, batteries and fuel cells, corrosion, electrolysis).


Unit name Chemistry 1B
Unit code KRA102
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry
Coordinator Associate Professor Andrew Seen
Available as student elective?
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate a theoretical and practical knowledge of the occurrence, synthesis, properties and reactions of the aldehydes, ketones and organic acids.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the importance of organic compounds in biology.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the coordination chemistry of the transition metals, including in biology and the environment.
  • demonstrate an understanding and practical knowledge of introductory analytical chemistry.
  • demonstrate an understanding and practical knowledge of thermochemistry, chemical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics and be able to use these to determine if a chemical reaction is likely to occur and how fast it will occur.
  • demonstrate an understanding of general principles governing electrochemistry and apply these to corrosion, corrosion protection, batteries and electrolysis.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010599 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,701.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

On-campus: 3-hr lectures and 1-hr tutorial weekly (13 wks), 3-hr practical weekly (8 wks) - pracs start week 3.

AssessmentLab reports (20%)|Test 1 (10%)|Examination (60%)|Test 2 (10%)
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