FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY A

CHE2FCA

2017

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-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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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 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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, 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.

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*
Laboratory reports (1200 word equivalent)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Topic quizzes, tests or assignments (1200 word equivalent)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Topic exams (110 minutes) or similar assessment tasks during semester.40 01, 02, 03, 04