This lab module assumes you have already studied quantum chemistry at the undergraduate level. It aims more for a ``working knowledge'' of quantum chemistry, rather than a detailed mathematical understanding of the underlying theories. However, it is probably not possible to gain this working knowledge without at least some type of understanding of the quantum mechanical foundations. The background handout will hopefully teach you the fundamentals, and the suggested reading can provide additional information and fill in any blanks.
The real point of this lab isn't to have you run calculations, but to have you start to learn how to learn calculations for the purpose of making real predictions. Although you will make some comparisons to experiment, the real goal is to get you to think about how you would interpret your results if you didn't have any experimental data available. This lab has been made shorter on purpose to allow you time to do the required reading and to write a good lab report.