CHM102 Chemistry for Dental and Veterinary Sciences (8)

This subject will provide foundational knowledge and skills in chemistry as scaffolding for further studies in many fields relevant to animal, dental and veterinary sciences including, but not limited to, biochemistry and physiology. Current theories of the nature of atoms, molecules and bonding, to explain the behaviour of bulk matter, will be investigated. Topics include thermodynamics; kinetics; gases; an introduction to organic chemistry and organic functional group chemistry, with specific applications. A practical component will enhance understanding of theoretical concepts as well as develop problem solving abilities.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CHM102. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students enrolled in:

Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) Integrated Honours (compulsory)

Bachelor of Dental Science

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/ Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) Integrated Honours

Students who have previously completed CHM115, CHM104, CHM107, CHM108, DOH121 or DOH122 in either a past or current CSU course, are required to obtain approval to enrol in CHM102 from the relevant subject coordinator prior to enrolment.

Assumed Knowledge

HSC Chemistry or equivalent.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to understand the language of chemistry;
  • Be able to calculate chemical amounts of matter;
  • Be able to accurately describe molecular behaviour of matter that explains observed macroscopic properties;
  • Be able to describe states of matter with respect to bonding;
  • Be able to understand equilibrium and perform calculations;
  • Be able to understand acids and bases and perform calculations;
  • Be able to understand the three laws of thermodynamics and be able to perform thermodynamic calculations;
  • Be able to understand the fundamentals of kinetics and be able to determine rate equations from kinetic data;
  • Develop an awareness of the catenation ability of the element carbon, the nature of covalent molecular compounds, and of their chemical properties and nomenclature;
  • Be able to recognise the various classes of organic compounds, the type of bonding within them, the various froms of isomerism, and some of the typical industrial applications made of organic substances;
  • Be familiar with a selected range of standard chemical transformations between common organic functional groups.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Chemical foundations;
  • Classification of matter;
  • Stoichiometry (brief overview);
  • Gases;
  • Atomic structure;
  • Chemical bonding;
  • The Biological Periodic Table;
  • Thermodynamics, enthalpy and entropy;
  • Chemical equilibrium;
  • Acids and bases;
  • Kinetics, rate equations, reaction mechanism;
  • Carbon chemistry and covalent bonding, sigma and pi bonds, hybridisation, resonance, polarity, types of isomerism;
  • Reaction chemistry and selected interconversion of organic compounds.

Special Resources

Laboratories suitable for practical work in Chemistry.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.