This is satan's course. Avoid at all costs unless you want to live on the edge with your GPA. Only redeeming feature was the inorganic section which was fairly easy to get your head around, however the organic section will bust your balls so you will be lucky to even revise the inorganic section.
This course was one of the best I've taken so far. It was intellectually stimulating but not difficult and gives you far more appreciation for chemistry than any of the first year courses. You have to learn a LOT of content but this is divided nicely into a total of five exams over the semester (four workshop exams and the final). There are three-hour workshops at the start of every week (except in the weeks with the workshop exams) which help enormously in understanding the material and were also enjoyable most of the time.
It may be stressful having to study for exams at regular intervals but I actually found them surprisingly easy. In my opinion the lecturers should probably have made the exams more challenging - especially the first workshop exam in which 27% of the cohort obtained 100%. The final exam was very easy to prepare for because many of the problems were identical to those in past exams. In fact, the entire inorganic section of the exam was drawn from previous exams, without the slightest alteration to even numerical values which is a bit ridiculous.
I would recommend this course to be taken with CHEM2054, which really reinforces the material learnt in CHEM2050 because it is designed as the lab component to 2050. It also puts the spectroscopy material taught in 2050 to good use.
NOTE: Course taken in semester 1 2016 which for some reason is not an option under 'Semester taken'.
Semester 2 - 2015
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Yes - in case lectures do not record due to technical issues
Wonderful course. Interesting topics and great lecturers. Content was very accessible on blackboard with plenty of practice questions. Lots of content, but separated into multiple small exams. Exam questions were very predictable - Practicing supplied questions and past exams is great preparation.
Lecture slides contain all the information you need, but the verbal explanations really helped to make sense of that information, so lecture attendance is definitely a good idea. As for textbooks, I used the inorganic one a grand total of once. The organic textbook I used more often, but in general it did not give much more information that the slides did.