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CHEM111 Chemistry: Molecular Architecture

An introduction to modern structural chemical science covering: states of matter: gas, liquid, solid, solutions; atomic structure; chemical bonding: stereochemistry, isomerism, conformational analysis; methods of structural determination: spectroscopy (electronic absorption, infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance), mass spectrometry; colloids.

CHEM111 Chemistry: Molecular Architecture is an introduction to university chemistry with an emphasis on relating bulk properties to molecular architecture and determining molecular structure. It consists of five lecture modules and a laboratory course.

Paper title Chemistry: Molecular Architecture
Paper code CHEM111
Subject Chemistry
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in CHEM111 have a minimum of 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Chemistry (or equivalent).

It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in CHEM111 have a minimum of 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Chemistry (or equivalent).


Dr Dave Warren

Tel +64 3 479 4102

Location: Science II, 1N8c

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Dave Warren

Lecturers: Professor James Crowley

Associate Professor Bill Hawkins

Dr Anna Garden

Dr Dave McMorran

Teaching Arrangements

Four 50-minute lectures per week and one 3-hour lab per week.


Chemistry: The Central Science - Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward, Langford, Sagatys & George.

Students can purchase either the physical book


An electronic version of the text, readable on computers and tablets. Two versions of this are available:

  • The first provides online 24-month access to the eText and Mastering Chemistry (ISBN 9781442563896)
  • The second allows for download of the eText (so you have it forever) and access to Mastering Chemistry (ISBN 9781442559462 and 9781442563902)

Note that the textbook is highly recommended for CHEM191 and CHEM111, but not essential. You are not required to have a copy of the book, but it will be referred to in lectures.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon successfully completing this paper students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of bonding models.
  • Use knowledge of molecular forces to explain bulk properties of matter.
  • Apply an understanding of how bonding affects the 3D structure of molecules and resulting properties.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use spectroscopic techniques for the structural identification of compounds.
  • Understand the nature of colloids, their key properties and forces affecting colloid stability.
  • Safely handle chemicals and safely use appropriate apparatuses to carry out chemical reactions in the laboratory.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 13:00-13:50 29-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 09:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41
A2 Monday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
A3 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41
A4 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
A5 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41
A6 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41
A7 Thursday 09:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41
A8 Thursday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-41