CHEMISTRY FOUNDATIONS

CHE1CHF

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Foundation chemistry is a foundations subject designed for students who have no or little previous experience or study in chemistry. The aim of the subject is to instill concepts, knowledge and skills that will enable these students to apply chemical principles and practice during their university degree and future employment. The content of the one semester subject covers topics common to senior high school chemistry and also prepares students to advance to second semester chemistry.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorCarmel Abrahams

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects CHE1BAS, CHE1GEN

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This unit is for students who have not taken VCE Chemistry

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsALBURY/WODONGA CAMPUS: Chemistry: Human Activity, Chemical ReactivityPrescribedMahaffy, Bucat, Tasker, Kotz, Treichel, Weaver, McMurry2ND INTERNATIONAL EDITION; ISBN: 9780176684082
ReadingsMELBOURNE CAMPUS: Chemistry: Human Activity, Chemical ReactivityPrescribedMahaffy, Bucat, Tasker, Kotz, Treichel, Weaver, McMurry2ND INTERNATIONAL EDITION; ISBN: 9780176684082
ReadingsFSTE First Year Survival Guide (second edition)RecommendedFaculty of Science, Technology and EngineeringLA TROBE UNIVERSITY 2012

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Recognise chemical and physical properties of chemical elements, organic and inorganic compounds in order that substances can be categorised and their behaviour predicted in specified chemical environments.

Activities:
Students are required to answer short questions individually or as a part of small groups, within a formal exam or tutorial conditions relating to knowledge, conceptual understanding and calculations. Students will be required to make observations, orally explain their understanding and take, record, display and interpret measurements in laboratory sessions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

02. Predict the outcome of types of chemical reactions and describe the influence of factors affecting the progress of chemical changes.

Activities:
Students are required to answer short questions individually or as a part of small groups, within exam or tutorial conditions relating to knowledge, conceptual understanding and calculations. Students will be required to make observations, orally explain their understanding and take, record, display and interpret measurements in laboratory sessions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Writing (Writing)

03. Describe the individual properties of the three states of matter as well as how the different states interact with each other and explain how these properties are dependent on environmental conditions.

Activities:
Students are required to answer short questions individually or as a part of small groups, within exam or tutorial conditions relating to knowledge, conceptual understanding and calculations. Students will be required to make observations, orally explain their understanding and take, record, display and interpret measurements in laboratory sessions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

04. Use practical techniques and tools to observe and measure the outcomes of laboratory procedures to recognise connections between theoretical and practical phenomena.

Activities:
Working in small groups, students will complete a number of practical sessions and write practical reports relating to making observations, taking measurements, displaying and interpreting data using computers, solving problems and testing predictions. Students will be required to explain their understanding of the outcomes of procedures and express independent thoughts relating to their work.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Speaking (Speaking)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

05. Employ mathematical tools to solve chemical problems.

Activities:
Students will be required individually or as part of small groups, to solve mathematical problems in a chemical context. Students will be required to apply mathematical tools to record, display and interpret the outcome and the accuracy of practical procedures involving measurement.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2016, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEwen Silvester

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
Nine 3.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2.5 hour final examination50 01, 02, 03, 05
Laboratory reportsOne report per laboratory class20 04, 05
Four workshop tests (0.5 hours each)15 01, 02, 03, 05
Online Learning Activities - OWLWeekly activities15 01, 02, 03, 05

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCarmel Abrahams

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

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

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
Nine 3.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2.5 hour final examination50 01, 02, 03, 05
Laboratory reportsOne report per laboratory class20 04, 05
Four workshop tests (0.5 hours each)15 01, 02, 03, 05
Online Learning Activities - OWLWeekly activities15 01, 02, 03, 05