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Unit description

Provides an introduction to basic chemical concepts in inorganic and organic chemistry. It includes atomic and molecular theory, bonding, the periodic table, and chemical reactions important in understanding the nature of geological materials, chemical processes in biological systems, water chemistry, and pollution. Laboratory classes complement lecture content, and provide experience in basic practical techniques.

Unit content

1. Atomic model, periodic table, elements, compounds

2. Constructing, balancing equations. Calculating moles and masses.

3. Molarity, Standard Solutions, Acid and Bases, pH, Titration

4. Electrons vs Nucleus: Reduction and Oxidation vs Nuclear Chemistry

5. Organic Chemistry — Basics

6. Applied and practical chemistry — water testing, corrosion, polymers

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1understand the basic concepts of chemistry including atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding, reactions and equations, solutions, and acids and basesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
2understand basic organic, nuclear and redox chemistry naming, tools and calculationsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3apply introductory knowledge to an applied chemistry field, e.g. water chemistry, acid sulfate soil, corrosion cause and prevention, polymersIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
4use and care for basic laboratory equipment - including: titrations, gravimetric analysis and preparation of standard solutions.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand the basic concepts of chemistry including atomic structure, the periodic table, bonding, reactions and equations, solutions, and acids and bases
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. understand basic organic, nuclear and redox chemistry naming, tools and calculations
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. apply introductory knowledge to an applied chemistry field, e.g. water chemistry, acid sulfate soil, corrosion cause and prevention, polymers
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. use and care for basic laboratory equipment - including: titrations, gravimetric analysis and preparation of standard solutions.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Laboratory session 3 hours (11 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Exam: take home35%
Exam: practical20%
Report25%

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Laboratory session 3 hours (11 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Exam: take home35%
Exam: practical20%
Report25%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Laboratory session 8 hours (4 days over 1 week)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Exam: take home35%
Exam: practical20%
Report25%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

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