FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY A

CHE2FCA

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This is a core second year chemistry subject and involves lectures and a laboratory component. Students will be 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.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorIan Potter

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (CHE1BAS or CHE1CHF or CHE1GEN) and CHE1APL

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects CHE2FND

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInorganic ChemistryRecommendedHousecroft, C.E. & Sharpe, A.G. 20124TH EDN, PEARSON
ReadingsPhysical Chemistry 9th edn 2010RecommendedAtkins, P. W. & de Paula, J.OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsQuantitative Chemical Analysis 8th edn 2010RecommendedHarris, D. C.FREEMAN

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 MS and NMR 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 IR and UV 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, chemical analysis and be able to interpret and report the results of spectroscopic measurements.

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 preperation 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, 2016, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorIan Potter

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.

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

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
LMS Quiz10 01, 02, 03, 04
Laboratory reports20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Topic assignment (length ~500 words)10 01, 02, 03, 04
Topic exam (2 x 1-hr exams) or equivalent assessment tasks during semester.60 01, 02, 03, 04