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Foundations of Chemistry (CHE144)

Organisational Unit Chemistry and Physics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides a foundation in the principles of general chemistry relevant to the study and practice of a range of scientific disciplines. Topics include: molecular structure, solubility, solution chemistry (including colligative properties and equilibrium), thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, organic compounds and concepts related to the interaction of radiation with matter. The laboratory component facilitates practical application of major principles and the development of safe laboratory practices.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Describe the main theories of atomic and molecular structure and utilise these to predict the shape and reactivity of molecules.
2. Recognise that many of the tools we use for measuring the presence/absence of elements and molecules have a chemical basis, e.g. UV-visible spectroscopy, titration.
3. Provide quantitative analysis of chemical equilibria and reaction kinetics and use these to predict the outcome of a reaction under specific conditions.
4. Recognise the usefulness of thermodynamic and energy data and use those to predict if a reaction is likely to produce or consume energy and be spontaneous under specific conditions.
5. Recognise those molecules essential to biological chemistry and be able to identify the functional groups that lead to their specific reactivity.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/tutorials/workshops: a total of 4 x 1 hours per week; laboratories: 1 x 3 hours per week for 9 weeks; optional Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS): 1 hour per week.
External: compulsory attendance at a 5-day on-campus laboratory session.
Due to the nature of offering this unit students are recommended to seek confirmation of the exact attendance dates and requirements from the Unit Coordinator closer to commencement of the teaching period.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a blended one. A mix of formal lectures, problem solving tutorials, and laboratory experiences make up the face to face portion of the unit. These are essentially group learning activities where discussion with academic staff and peers is encouraged. Additionally, students will use on-line quizzes as a tool for consolidating the conceptual material covered, and for practising important problem solving strategies throughout the semester. Material in the unit is grouped into 4 main themes - Matter, Water, Energy and Organic - with links between the themes highlighted regularly. The unit website is used extensively to provide access to lecture recordings and notes and as a way for academic staff to post additional, extension material related to the content of the unit.
Other Learning Experiences For External students there is compulsory attendance at a 5-day on-campus laboratory session.
Due to the nature of offering this unit students are recommended to seek confirmation of the exact attendance dates and requirements from the Unit Coordinator closer to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Laboratory performance is assessed in the lab period with marks given for preparation before the laboratory, recording of results, safe working practices, and demonstration of understanding of the chemistry involved (24% overall). Instantaneous feedback on quizzes is in the form of the correct answer and a model answer.
Four on-line quizzes (16 % overall), linked to the major themes in the unit, are used to consolidate concepts throughout the semester. Students are allowed two attempts and the highest mark recorded. Feedback as per pre-lab quizzes.
The final examination is the major assessment task (60% overall) serving to assess students at an individual level.
Prerequisites A thorough knowledge of Chemistry ATAR is assumed. Students who did not achieve a final scaled score of 50 percent or more in Chemistry ATAR within the three years immediately preceding this enrolment are required to pass CHE140 Fundamentals of Chemistry before enrolling in this unit.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PEC114 Chemistry for Biological Sciences, PEC115 Chemistry for Environmental Sciences, PEC116 Chemistry for Physical Sciences, or PEC144 Chemical Principles may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Basic skills in elementary algebra are expected in this unit.
Previously 2013: PEC144
2013: 'Chemical Principles'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Biological Sciences (BSc) [New in 2014]
Biology and Environmental Science Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Chemistry (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemistry Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc) [New in 2015]
Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BSc)
Earth and Environmental Science Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Environmental Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Genetics and Molecular Biology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Laboratory Medicine (BSc/BLabMed) [New in 2016]
Marine Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Mineral Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Physics and Nanotechnology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Physics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Environmental Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Appears in these Co-Majors Biological Science Minor Teaching Area
Chemistry Minor Teaching Area
Earth and Environmental Science Minor Teaching Area
Physics Minor Teaching Area
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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