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Fundamentals of Chemistry (CHE140)

Organisational Unit School of Engineering and Information Technology
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit introduces fundamental concepts that prepare students for subsequent study in chemistry and support further study in a range of majors. Students learn about the nature of matter at the molecular level. This involves learning language, symbols and representations used to describe matter and chemical reactions. Students develop skills in problem solving and calculations related to chemical quantities, processes and reactions. Laboratory experiments are undertaken to consolidate understanding of chemistry and gain basic laboratory skills.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: 2 hours per week for 5 weeks; laboratories: 3 hours per week for 5 weeks; optional Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS): 1 hour per week.
Up to 3 days intensive laboratory activities for external students.
Prerequisites Knowledge of chemistry to the level of Year 10 (fourth year of WA secondary school) or equivalent and reasonable grounding in basic mathematics are assumed.
Exclusions Students with a final scaled score of more than 60% in WACE Chemistry 3A/3B within the past three years may be excluded from the unit. Students who are currently enrolled in or who have successfully completed CHE144 Foundations of Chemistry/PEC144 Chemical Principles may not enrol in this unit for credit. Students who have successfully completed PEC140 Introduction to Chemistry/OSCI18 Introduction to/Fundamentals of Chemistry cannot enrol for credit in this unit.
Notes Completion of this unit will enable students to enrol in CHE144 Chemical Principles.
Previously 2013: PEC140
2013: 'Introduction to Chemistry'
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Appears in these Minors Molecular Biology
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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