CHEM111-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance)

Chemical Principles and Processes

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Atoms and the periodic table; chemical bonding; reduction and oxidation reactions; properties of gases; introduction to thermodynamics; kinetics; chemical equilibrium; Gibbs energy and the second law of thermodynamics; aqueous chemistry; acid-base equilibrium.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop skills in the critical analysis of chemical information
    Develop problem-solving skills in chemistry
    Enhance applied mathematical skills relevant to chemistry
    Develop a working understanding of:
  • Atomic structure and periodicity
  • Chemical bonding and material properties
  • Chemical reactions, especially redox reactions
  • Quantities and dimensions (IUPAC conventions and SI units)
  • Physical models and the properties of gases
  • Thermochemistry, including the 1st law of thermodynamics
  • Entropy and the 2nd and 3rd laws of thermodynamics
  • Gibbs energy and its relationship to chemical equilibrium
  • Chemical kinetics, reaction mechanisms and integrated rate laws
  • Equilibria, equilibrium constants and Le Châtelier’s principle
  • The chemistry of water
  • Acid-base equilibria


(1) NCEA: at least 14 credits NCEA Level 3 Chemistry, or
(2) CIE: at least D grade in CIE AL Chemistry or A grade in CIE ASL Chemistry, or
(3) IB: at least Grade 4 in IB HL Chemistry or Grade 6 in IB SL Chemistry, or
(4) CHEM114, or
at least B Grade in BRDG023.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Owen Curnow


Paul Kruger , Greg Russell , Ian Shaw and Deborah Crittenden


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Exam 50%
Laboratory assessment (including safety quiz and timelines) 15%
Bestchoice on-line problems 5%
Mid-semester test 30%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $910.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences .

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