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Long labs and exam was pretty difficult. Would not recommend taking as an elective.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2017

Lecturers for this unit ranged from very poor to good so if self learning is not your thing I would definitely head towards a different unit. Also if you hate math don't take this unit (CHEM1002 is a math-less alternative). However, this course has a lot less memorisation than its CHEM1002 counterpart so that may factor in your decision. Also labs are horribly difficult so be prepared (you can't just rock up with no clue about the topic).

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

A lot of content to cover! It was worth looking back at my Chemistry 3A/B textbook and notes to understand the teachings firmly, especially at the pace they were taught. The exam was quiet tough, but fair. Overall, I think there was the perfect amount of content and the assessments were fair.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2013

Exam was horrible which is a complete contrast to the online quizzes which are easy to get 100% in. I was grateful that I even passed the exam/unit. The content is definitely an extension of high school content but you CANNOT SLACK OFF. You really need to understand the content to be able to do well. Lecturers are nice to talk to if you don't understand something. Labs are all partnered work (except the first lab) and fun if you have a good lab partner. I wouldn't recommend this unit unless you need it for your major. Don't think that just because is similar to high school that it's the same level of difficulty as HS and you can put no effort in because you'll probably fail the exam.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2016

So much content, definitely have to study if you want to pass! Labs are pretty good, most are working in pairs

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

Pretty much an extension from WACE. Found the topics boring. Power Points were taken straight from the textbook that was into way too much depth so it was unclear what you needed to study. Exam was pretty tough. The staff were very organised though. Labs are ok.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

Lectures are bearable, lecturers are nice enough to answer your questions. Labs are fun if you have a good bench mate and lab tutor, but still quite difficult to figure out the questions. You really need to prep well prior to each lab. There are weekly online quizzes which are way too easy compared to the actual exam. The exam is extremely hard despite studying weekly -you really need an in-depth knowledge of what was taught. The ridiculous thing is that we were given past papers but no solutions. If you can avoid this at all costs please do. Not worth the effort.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2016

The contents of this unit were boring compared to the first year organic chemistry unit. You pretty much work in pairs in the labs for the entire semester; great if you have a helpful and cooperative partner! The exam is very difficult compared to the past year exam papers that the lecturers gave us to practise before the exams.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015

Really liked it but you must GO or LISTEN to the lectures if u want to do well. Labs were really easy and marked ridiculously well 95 -> maybye a really nice lab demonstator. Quizzes force you to study throuought semester though the exam had just a couple of very difficult questions in it (lots of manipulation needed) :(

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2014

The unit itself is fine - some of the lecturers were good (particularly professor Bucat), the labs were a waste of time (one of my demonstrators couldn't explain anything and the other just gave you the answers), the online tests were annoying and the unit coordinator was not good.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2015