CHM215 Inorganic Chemistry (8)

This subject is an examination of periodic trends in the non-transition elements and first transition metal series, with brief mention of the later transition elements. Bonding theories are treated and used to predict properties of simple compounds. The subject also covers the basic reactions of the main group elements with hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, water, the halides, and acids and bases, as well as basic characteristics and structural aspects of transition metal complexes and substitution reactions of such complexes.

This subject has a compulsory residential school for four days in Wagga Wagga, at which students must bring appropriate lab coat and safety glasses.


* 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: CHM215. 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 and CHM107

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply the periodic table to predict trends in the properties of elements and their compounds;
  • be able to use simple bonding theories and their application to predict properties of compounds, and apply these theories and models to describe molecules;
  • be able to apply bonding theories to explain, predict, and draw the structures of transition metal complexes;
  • be able to apply models of solid state structures to describe or predict packing in compounds
  • be able to apply acid/base models and properties to evaluate, predict, or appraise acid/base properties of compounds
  • be able to use knowledge of main group chemistry to describe or predict reactions of elements with hydrogen, oxygen (air), nitrogen, water, the halides, and acids/bases
  • be able to reflect on observed chemical reactions in synthesis, and apply ligand substitution reactions and mechanisms to validate such theories; calculate equilibria associated with ligand substitution


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The periodic table and periodic trends;
  • Bonding;
  • Reactions of the main group elements;
  • Properties of the acids, oxides, hydroxides, and hydrides;
  • Solvents, solutions, acids and bases;
  • Structural and reaction characteristics of transition metal complexes;
  • Classical methods of inorganic analysis.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CHM215 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* - 3
Laboratory component
Final exam

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school provides students the opportunity to:

  • experience the chemistry of transition metal synthesis
  • use model kits to explore crystalline and other solid state structures
  • perform new standard laboratory techniques
  • use analytical instrumentation
  • draw on learning from first year and apply this learning to inorganic chemical processes
  • write formal laboratory reports in which the students write about their observations and interpretations and present and evaluate their results
  • experience mistakes in the laboratory and learn to save what appears to be failed reactions
  • reinforce and elaborate on classroom theory

Special Resources

For the compulsory res school students must bring lab coat and safety glasses.

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.