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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Chemistry: Molecular Architecture
    Subject Chemistry
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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

     Associate Profressor 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 15th Edition.

    Students can purchase either the physical book


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

    Note that the textbook is highly recommended for 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.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    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


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
    Friday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 09:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    A2 Monday 14:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
    A3 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    A4 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 29-34, 36-42
    A5 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    A6 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
    A7 Thursday 09:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    A8 Thursday 14:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
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