FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY A

CHE2FCA

2021

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.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSofia Cojocaru

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesCHE1APL AND (CHE1GEN OR CHE1CHF)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Physical Chemistry

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorAtkins, P. W. & de Paula, J.

Year2010

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Source locationN/A

Organic Chemistry

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMcMurry, J.

Year2012

Edition/Volume8th edn (or later)

PublisherThomson-Brookes/Cole

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

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Inorganic Chemistry

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorHousecroft, C.E. & Sharpe, A.G.

Year2012

Edition/Volume4th edn (or later)

PublisherPEARSON

ISBNN/A

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Quantitative Chemical Analysis

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorHarris, D. C.

Year2010

Edition/Volume8th edn (or later)

PublisherFREEMAN

ISBNN/A

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Use the periodic table to predict trends in the chemical properties and reactivity of the elements.
02. Analyse key properties of coordination and organometallic compounds such as structure, nomenclature and bonding.
03. Apply Mass Spectrometry and NMR Spectroscopy for the identification and characterisation of chemical species.
04. Interpret Infrared and Ultraviolet-Visible spectra in terms of the spectroscopic transitions that occur within vibrational and electronic energy levels.
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.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSofia Cojocaru

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 11 - 13
One 3.00 h 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

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 h 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/WorkshopWeek: 10 - 22
Three 1.00 h lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

SeminarWeek: 10 - 10
One 3.00 h 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

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 13
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 13 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% 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.N/AN/AN/AYes30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Topic LMS quizzes (800 word equivalent) 4 online quizzes, one for each topic.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
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 topicsN/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
Topic Assignment (400 word equivalent) Written assignment about an important application of a chemical elementsN/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1