CHM115 Chemistry 1A (8)

This subject covers many of the fundamental principles of chemistry and introduces students to current theories on the nature of atoms and the principles of bonding to form molecules. Relationships between bonding and the properties of molecules are explored and related to the behaviour of bulk matter including: chemical reactions; the properties of gases, liquids and solids; chemical equilibrium; and the behaviour of acids and bases. A practical component will ensure understanding of theoretical concepts as well as develop problem solving abilities. CHM115 covers the same content as CHM104, but on a delayed timeline (June residential school) for wine students involved in vintage. Students needing to attend April residential schools should enrol in CHM104.


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

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CHM115. 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

Enrolment restricted to students undertaking the B. of Wine Science and B. of Viticulture courses only.  All other students seeking enrolment in the subject need to seek permision from the subject co-ordinator.


Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Understand the language of chemistry;
  • Be able to calculate chemical amounts of matter;
  • Be able to apply known physical laws and perform related calculations;
  • Understand molecular behaviour of matter that explains observed macroscopic properties;
  • Understand states of matter with respect to bonding;
  • Be able to deal with quantities of matter in solutions;
  • Understand the nature of equilibrium and perform calculations;
  • Understand the properties of acids and bases and perform calculations.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Chemical foundations;
  • Classification of matter;
  • Stoichiometry;
  • Gases;
  • Atomic structure;
  • Chemical bonding;
  • Condensed states;
  • Solutions;
  • Chemical equilibrium;
  • Acids and bases.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CHM115 in Session 1 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 %
Assignments 1-4
Laboratory component
Final exam

Residential School

This subject contains a 4.5 day Compulsory Residential School.

The nature of this subject requires students to have access to laboratory instrumentation. Laboratory classes provide a hands on approach to the theory learned in this subject. Practical work in this subject also helps students to develop problem solving skills. During the residential school for CHM115 students participate in a combination of practical classes and tutorials and sit their final practical and theory exams.
The skills developed by the laboratory component of this subject relate to the following Chemistry Threshold Learning Outcomes:
3.2 Formulating hypotheses, proposals and predictions and designing and undertaking experiments in a safe and responsible manner.
3.3 Applying recognised methods and appropriate practical techniques and tools and being able to adapt these techniques when necessary.
3.4 Collecting, recording and interpreting data and incorporating qualitative and quantitative evidence into scientifically defensible arguments.
4.2 Appropriately documenting the essential details of procedures undertaken, key observations, results and conclusions.
5.2 Demonstrating a capacity for working responsibly and safely.

Special Resources

Students are required to attend the compulsory residential school which will involve travel expenses and a time commitment. 
Students will also be required to purchase a lab coat and safety goggles which are compulsory for lab based practicals.

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.