FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY A

CHE2FCA

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Fundamentals of Chemistry A is a core second year chemistry subject. Students are introduced to the principles and applications associated with the instrumental techniques of mass spectrometry, NMR spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, and ultraviolet / visible spectroscopy. These techniques are routinely used by chemists to identify and characterise chemical species. Students will also be introduced to inorganic and coordination chemistry, and study important trends in the reactivity of the elements. Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, online learning activities, workshops and laboratory classes.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJason Dutton

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (CHE1CHF or CHE1GEN) and CHE1APL

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInorganic Chemistry, 4th edn (or later)RecommendedHousecroft, C.E. & Sharpe, A.G. (2012)PEARSON
ReadingsPhysical Chemistry, 9th edn (or later)RecommendedAtkins, P. W. & de Paula, J. (2010)OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsQuantitative Chemical Analysis, 8th edn (or later)RecommendedHarris, D. C. (2010)FREEMAN
ReadingsOrganic Chemistry, 8th edn (or later)RecommendedMcMurry, J. (2012)Thomson-Brookes/Cole

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Use the periodic table to predict trends in the chemical properties and reactivity of the elements.

Activities:
During lectures students will answer short questions individually or as part of small groups, reinforcing lecture material. Students will work problems that reinforce the concepts associated with this ILO individually. This material will be covered in tutorials and students will be required to orally explain their answers and participate in tutorial discussions. Written assignments will be used to reinforce and assess this ILO.

02. Analyse key properties of coordination and organometallic compounds such as structure, nomenclature and bonding.

Activities:
During lectures students will answer short questions individually or as part of small groups, reinforcing lecture material. The concepts associated with this ILO will be reinforced using online quizzes, administered using the LMS. Written assignments will be used to reinforce and assess this ILO.

03. Apply Mass Spectrometry and NMR Spectroscopy for the identification and characterisation of chemical species.

Activities:
During lectures students will answer short questions individually or as part of small groups, reinforcing lecture material. Students will work through problems that reinforce the concepts associated with this ILO individually. This material will be covered in tutorials and students will be required to orally explain their answers and participate in tutorial discussions. The concepts associated with this ILO will be reinforced using online quizzes administered using the LMS. Written assignments will be used to reinforce and assess this ILO.

04. Interpret Infrared and Ultraviolet-Visible spectra in terms of the spectroscopic transitions that occur within vibrational and electronic energy levels.

Activities:
During lectures students will answer short questions individually or as part of small groups thereby reinforcing lecture material. Students will work through problems that reinforce the concepts associated with this ILO individually. This material will be covered in tutorials and students will be required to orally explain their answers and participate in tutorial discussions. The concepts associated with this ILO will be reinforced using online quizzes administered using the LMS. Written assignments will be used to reinforce and assess this ILO.

05. Demonstrate practical skills needed to conduct chemical synthesis and chemical analysis, and be able to interpret and report results from observations and measurements to characterise compounds and materials.

Activities:
Working individually or in small groups students will acquire practical skills required for the manipulation of chemicals for chemical synthesis. Working individually or in small groups students will learn techniques (chemical and instrumental) used in modern chemical analysis. Working individually or in small groups students will learn how to make spectroscopic measurements. Students will develop skills in the preparation of laboratory reports, including the use of correct and appropriate prose and presentation of experimental data and results and professional conduct in report presentation.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJason Dutton

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Weekly 3hr session. Includes 6 wet labs, 4 workshops and 2 weeks of other activities."

Lecture/Workshop Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Seminar Week: 10 - 10
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 10 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Needs to be scheduled at the time as the laboratory class"

Computer Laboratory Week: 11 - 13
One 3.0 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 13 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Needs to be scheduled at the time as the laboratory class"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 13
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 13 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Laboratory reports (1200 word equivalent)Hurdle for accreditation with RACI. Students must complete a minimum 75% of lab assessment, and must obtain a score of at least 50% for the laboratory component of the subject.30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Topic LMS quizzes (800 word equivalent)4 online quizzes, one for each topic.20 01, 02, 03, 04
Topic exams (110 minutes) or equivalent assessment tasks during semester (1600 words equivalent)Mid semester test in class for Mass Spec and UV topics, central exam for NMR and Inorganic topics40 01, 02, 03, 04
Topic Assignment (400 word equivalent)Written assignment about an important application of a chemical elements10 01