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CHEM111 - Molecular Architecture


CHEM 111 Chemistry: Molecular Architecture is an 18-point paper available in the second semester.

It is 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 and nanoparticles

There are four lectures and one three-hour laboratory class each week.

Recommended preparation

It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in CHEM 111 have a minimum of 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Chemistry (or equivalent).

Lecture times and venues

Semester 2 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 1:00pm (venue will be advised on PIMS at beginning of semester)

Lecture material is available on Blackboard

Laboratories times and venues

Semester 2 Tuesday and Wednesday at 9.00 am, or Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday at 2.00 pm (First-Year Chemistry Labs, Science I)


The terms requirement for CHEM 111 is satisfactory attendance and performance in the laboratory course.

One three-hour written examination at the end of the semester (70%)
Laboratory exit tests (30%)

Expectations at the completion of the course

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 apparatus to carry out chemistry reactions in the laboratory

Graduate Attributes

Interdisciplinary perspective, self-motivation, lifelong learning, communication 


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

Students can purchase either the physical book, with access to MasteringChemistry (ISBN-13: 9781486042463)
An electronic version the text, readable on computers and tablets. Two versions of this are available:

Prices for these options are yet to be confirmed. Check with the University Bookshop, 03 477 6976

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.

Teaching Staff

Dr David Warren

Dr Anna Garden

Assoc Prof James Crowley

Prof Dave Larsen

Dr Carla Meledandri

Course Coordinator

Dr Carla J. Meledandri
Dr Carla J. Meledandri
Tel: +64  3  479 5378
Location: Science II, 5n2