CHEMISTRY FOUNDATIONS

CHE1CHF

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Chemistry Foundations is an introductory subject designed for students who have no or little previous experience or study in chemistry. Students will be introduced to foundation concepts, knowledge and skills that will enable these students to apply chemical principles during their university degree and future employment. This one-semester subject covers topics common to senior high-school chemistry and introductory university chemistry, that prepares students to advance to second semester chemistry. Students will encounter atomic and molecular structure, bonding, chemical reactions, organic chemistry,and physical 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 CHE1GEN, CHE1C1A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsChemistry: Human Activity, Chemical ReactivityPrescribedMahaffy, Bucat, Tasker, Kotz, Treichel, Weaver, McMurry (2015)2nd International Edition; ISBN:9780176684082

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Communicate in written form using the language of chemistry; interpreting and using chemical symbols, conventions and nomenclature.

Activities:
Students are required to answer short questions within a formal exam or tutorial conditions relating to knowledge, conceptual understanding and calculations. Students will be required to make observations, explain their understanding and take, record, display and interpret measurements in laboratory sessions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Manipulate quantitative mathematical relationships to solve chemistry problems such as the stoichiometric relationships that determine the quantitative behaviour of chemical systems

Activities:
Students are required to answer short questions within exam or tutorial conditions relating to knowledge, conceptual understanding and calculations. Students will be required to make observations, explain their understanding and take, record, display and interpret measurements in laboratory sessions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Explain the properties of matter using concepts of chemical structure.

Activities:
Students are required to answer short questions within exam or tutorial conditions relating to knowledge, conceptual understanding and calculations. Students will be required to make observations, explain their understanding and take, record, display and interpret measurements in laboratory sessions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Classify types of chemical reactions and predict the chemical products.

Activities:
Students are required to answer short questions within exam or tutorial conditions relating to knowledge, conceptual understanding and calculations. Students will be required to make observations, explain their understanding and take, record, display and interpret measurements in laboratory sessions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Interpret thermochemistry data to determine whether reactions will occur and if they do, to what extent.

Activities:
Students will be required 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:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Safely employ the scientific method to observe and measure chemical phenomena in the laboratory and communicate findings by written report.

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:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKeith White

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.
"5 wet-lab classes and 4 workshop classes"

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.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour Exam (2000 word equivalent)50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Laboratory reports (900 words equivalent)Hurdle: Students must complete a minimum 75% of lab assessment as required by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). Students must also obtain a score of at least 50% for the laboratory component of the subject.25 04, 05, 06
Tests and Online quizzes (1600 word equivalent)Workshop written tests and weekly online quizzes.25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2020, 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.
"5 wet-lab classes and 4 workshop classes"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2-hour Exam (2000 word equivalent)50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Laboratory reports (900 words equivalent)Hurdle: Students must complete a minimum 75% of lab assessment as required by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). Students must also obtain a score of at least 50% for the laboratory component of the subject.25 04, 05, 06
Tests and Online quizzes (1600 word equivalent)Workshop written tests and weekly online quizzes.25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05