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-ordinatorAdam Mechler

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

Learning resources

Organic Chemistry

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorMcMurry, J.

Year2012

Edition/Volume8th edn (or later)

PublisherThomson-Brookes/Cole

ISBNN/A

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Source locationN/A

Physical Chemistry

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

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

Year2010

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

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Inorganic Chemistry

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

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

Year2012

Edition/Volume4th edn (or later)

PublisherPEARSON

ISBNN/A

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Chapter/issueN/A

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Quantitative Chemical Analysis

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorHarris, D. C.

Year2010

Edition/Volume8th edn (or later)

PublisherFREEMAN

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

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Source locationN/A

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.

Subject options

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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-ordinatorAdam Mechler

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 11 - 13
One 3.00 hours 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 hours 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 hour 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 hours 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 hour 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/AReportIndividualYes30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Topic LMS quizzes (800 word equivalent)
4 online quizzes, one for each topic.

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 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 topics

N/AOther written examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Topic Assignment (400 word equivalent)
Written assignment about an important application of a chemical elements

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo10 SILO1