CHM107 Chemistry 1B (8)

This subject is a continuation of the study of the fundamentals of chemistry commenced in Chemistry 1A. Topics include thermodynamics; kinetics; oxidation and reduction; an introduction to organic chemistry and organic functional group chemistry, with specific applications.

This subject expects students will have successfully completed the prerequisite subject CHM104.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CHM107. 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


CHM104 or CHM115

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate the three laws of thermodynamics and be able to perform thermodynamic calculations;
  • Be able to describe how to balance redox equations, use the Nernst Equation and be able to calculate Gibbs free energies and equilibrium constants from electrochemical data;
  • Be able to accurately describe the fundamentals of kinetics and be able to determine rate equations from kinetic data;
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding and 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 forms of isomerism, and some of the typical industrial applications made of organic substances;
  • Be able to demonstrate a familiarity with a selected range of standard chemical transformations between common organic functional groups;
  • Be able to deal with quantities of matter in solutions.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Thermodynamics, enthalpy and entropy;
- Reduction-oxidation reactions and applications, reduction potentials, electrochemical cells, Nernst Equation;
- Kinetics, rate equations, reaction mechanism;
- Carbon chemistry and covalent bonding, sigma and pi bonds, hybridisation, resonance, polarity, types of isomerism;
- Hydrocarbons and their properties, mechanisms of halogenation, electrophilic addition, aromatic compounds and their substitution chemistry;
- Reaction chemistry and interconversion of alcohols, phenols, ethers, halides, aldehydes, ketones, amines, carboxylic acids and derivatives;
- Solutions.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CHM107 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online assignments 1-4
Laboratory component
Final theory exam

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.Provides a hands on approach to theory learned in the subject.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.