CHEM11041 - Chemistry for the Life Sciences
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides the principles of chemistry that underpin the life sciences and a strong foundation on which students can develop an understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology. Starting with an appreciation of what matter is and classic atomic structure, the learning will progress through how energy is involved in bond formation and provides forces between molecules that govern chemical interaction, to the organic chemistry and molecules central to the life sciences. Understanding the naming and classifying of chemical compounds will allow students to communicate in accepted scientific terms. Tutorials and practical laboratories will re-enforce the theoretical knowledge gained in lectures, and provide the students with the opportunity to use basic mathematics and develop practical analytical skills. There will be a compulsory residential school for distance education students.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
2. Written Assessment 15%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 25%
4. On-campus Activity Pass/Fail
5. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
timing and size of residential schools students and staff The schedule for the residential school will be reviewed and if poosible practicals adjusted so as to allow more time for tutorial sessions for distance students. consideration will be given to offering a second residential school on the Rockhampton campus so as to reduce class size.
It was difficult to keep track of student registration for residential schools staff A choice option will be included in the Moodle site in future offerings. This will clearly indicate to both staff and students, the registration for residential school options.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply concepts of atomic structure to explain molecular bonding and nuclear reactivity.
  2. Apply scientific laws to explain physical and chemical changes to matter.
  3. Interpret structural drawings and names of molecules, with particular reference to organic compounds.
  4. Develop laboratory skills to obtain, interpret and report experimental data.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Practical and Written Assessment
4 - Examination  
5 - On-campus Activity      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence        
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)        
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Practical and Written Assessment  
4 - Examination        
5 - On-campus Activity        

Prescribed Textbooks

General, Organic, & Biological Chemistry
Author/s: Smith, J Year: 2016
Edition: 3rd edn Publisher: McGraw Hill
City: New York
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

The prescribed text for this course will also be used for BMSC 11004 Introduction to Biochemistry (Term 2) and BMSC 11005 Foundations of Biochemistry (Term 2)

In addition to the prescribed textbook, students are required to have the following items, available from the CQUniversity bookshop

  1. CQUniversity Periodic Table of the Elements
  2. Scientific calculator (preferred brands Casio FX82 ES or SHARP EL-531XH)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Turabian referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorAoife Power (a.power@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Topic 1: Matter and Measurements

All weekly quizzes must be completed by the Wednesday of the following week. i.e. the Week 1 Quiz must be completed by 5 pm on the Wednesday of week 2.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Topic 2: Atoms, the Mole and the Periodic Table

Week 3 20-03-2017

Topic 3: Ionic Compounds

Week 4 27-03-2017

Topic 4: Molecular Compounds

Week 5 03-04-2017

Topic 5: Chemical Reactions

Assessment 3 Part B - Internal students,
Report due
April 8th 2017 11:45 PM AEST

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Topic 6: Gases, Liquids and Solids

Topic 7: Solutions


Week 7 24-04-2017

Topic 8: Acids, Bases and Buffers

Assessment 2: Written Assessment Due Friday (28 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Topic 9: Hydrocarbons

Residential school - Rockhampton campus
Tues 2nd - Thurs 4th May 2017

Residential school - Geraldton Universities Centre campus
Sat 6th - Mon 8th May 2017

Week 9 08-05-2017

Topic 10: Oxygen Containing Compounds

Assessment 3 Part B - Rockhampton Residential School students,
Report due
May 14th 2017 11:45 PM AEST

Week 10 15-05-2017

Topic 11: Amines

Topic 12: Aldehydes and Ketones

Residential school - Bundaberg campus
Wed 17th - Fri 19th May, 2017

Assessment 3 Part B - Geraldton Residential School students,
Report due
May 18th 2017 11:45 PM AEST


Week 11 22-05-2017

Topic 13: Carboxylic Acids and their Derivatives

Assessment 3 Part B - Bundaberg Residential School students,
Report due
May 29th 2017 11:45 PM AEST


Week 12 29-05-2017

Topic 14: Nuclear Chemistry

Review

Assessment 3 Part A – All students,
Post Laboratory Quiz due
Monday 31st May 2017 11:45 PM AEST

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Mixed Mode students: You must register for the residential school of your choice via Student Allocator in MyCQU and clicking on 'Proceed to student centre' and then 'my timetable'.
GUK Students, please register as if attending the Rockhampton Residential School in MyCQU as above, but indicate the Geraldton option on the Moodle site.

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Assessment 1: Online Quiz
Task Description

This assessment is comprised of weekly on-line quizzes which will aid your comprehension of the concepts presented in each topic of this course. This assessment requires you to study the material in the relevant topics of the Chemistry for the Life Sciences course and apply the concepts presented to answer a series of multiple choice questions.

Each quiz is comprised of 10 multiple-choice questions.

Multiple attempts can be made on each quiz and the highest mark achieved will be recorded.

All quizzes are of equal value.


Number of Quizzes 12
Frequency of Quizzes Weekly
Assessment Due Date Each quiz will close at 5 pm on the Wednesday of the following week. i.e. The week 1 quiz will close on the Wednesday of Week 2.
Return Date to Students Quiz results will be released after the quiz has closed.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

All questions are of equal weighting. One mark will be awarded for each correct response. Incorrect responses will not incur a penalty.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40 %
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply concepts of atomic structure to explain molecular bonding and nuclear reactivity.

4. Develop laboratory skills to obtain, interpret and report experimental data.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 2: Written Assessment
Task Description

This assessment is designed to help you in your comprehension of the concepts presented in topics 5, 6 and 7 of the course. This assessment requires you to apply the concepts studied and to provide short answers to a series of questions. You must provide complete workings for all calculations and use the appropriate units where required.

Your response to this assessment must be typed and should be made in electronic format, and be submitted through the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file following the on-screen instructions. You must submit the assessment by uploading a single word document ( i.e. .doc or .docx), through the Moodle site. Mac users should ensure that the file name has '.doc' or '.docx' for word files. This will ensure that you are able to upload into Moodle.

Note: all submissions are processed through the similarity detection software (Turnitin). You must ensure that all of the work is your own, in line with University requirements.

Marks will be awarded for each question as indicated in the assessment item. Explanations for each of your answers must be provided. If questions require calculations all working must be shown. Completion of this assessment will also help in your preparation for the end of term exam.

This assessment task must be completed by 11:45 pm AEST Friday 28th of April 2017. In the absence of an approved extension, there will be no opportunity to complete the task after this date, and there will be no supplementary exam or assessment offered should you come close to passing the unit but do not meet the criteria for a Pass grade for the unit overall.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

All submissions should be typed.
Marks will be awarded for each question as indicated on the assessment item.
Explanations for each of your answers must be provided.
If questions require calculations all working must be shown.
Report your answers to the correct number of significant figures.
Include units in your calculations and answers where applicable

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

You must submit the assessment by uploading a single word document (ie .doc or .docx) through the moodle site. Mac users should ensure that the file name has '.doc' or '.docx' for word files. This will ensure that you are able to upload into moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply concepts of atomic structure to explain molecular bonding and nuclear reactivity.

2. Apply scientific laws to explain physical and chemical changes to matter.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 3: Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

You are required to attend and participate in all laboratory classes for this unit.

Mixed mode students are required to attend one (1) of the residential schools offered during the term for this unit. You must nominate which residential school you will attend via the student allocator/timetabling system.

Internal students are required to attend laboratory classes during term according to the laboratory schedule available on Moodle.

This assessment is designed to develop laboratory skills, in addition to observational, data collection, communication and written skills. A laboratory workbook should be completed as the laboratory procedures are undertaken.

Part A of this assessment requires you to complete a short online quiz. The quiz will require you to reflect on workbook entries and the practical procedures undertaken.

Part B of this assessment requires you to complete a scientific report for a nominated experiment. The scientific report must be written using the guidelines provided in the Laboratory information, workbook and report guidelines document available through Moodle. Your response to this assessment must be typed and should be made in electronic format, and be submitted through the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file following the on-screen instructions. You must submit the assessment by uploading a single word document (i.e. .doc or .docx), through the Moodle site. Mac users should ensure that the file name has '.doc' or '.docx' for word files. This will ensure that you are able to upload into Moodle. Submissions should be uploaded into Moodle according to the due dates indicated in the schedule for the different student groups, (i.e. internal students, mixed mode students attending the residential school).

Due dates for submission

Internal students, Report due 8th April 2017 11:45 PM AEST
Rockhampton Residential School students, Report due 14th May 2017 11:45 PM AEST
Geraldton Residential School students, Report due 18th May 2017 11:45 PM AEST
Bundaberg Residential School students, Report due 29th May 2017 11:45 PM AEST

Assessment Due Date The scientific report is to be submitted according to the due dates indicated in the schedule for the different student groups. The post laboratory quiz must be completed by Monday of week 12 (Monday May 30 11:45 AEST).
Return Date to Students All marks for this assessment will be finalised and reports returned to students before exam week. Please note that reports cannot be returned to students until after the submission due date for students attending final residential school option.
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

This assessment has a total weighting of 25%, comprised of

Attendance and Participation (pass/fail)

A pass/fail grade will be awarded for attendance and participation at the residential school/laboratory sessions.

Completion and submission of the scientific report (15%)

The scientific report must be written using the guidelines provided in the Laboratory information, workbook and report guidelines document.

The report should demonstrate:

  • effective communication skills and adherence to report guidelines provided
  • accurate recording of experimental data
  • evidence of critical thinking and problem solving skills with application to data interpretation and calculations
  • appreciation of significant figures and demonstrated competency in chemical calculations
  • correct presentation of structures, diagrams, equations and nomenclature
  • drawing and labeling of graphs and the ability to interpolate and extrapolate off graphs (if appropriate to task)
  • accuracy of results
  • ability to discuss chemical principles and experimental results.

Completion of Post Laboratory Quiz (10%).

The post laboratory quiz will consist of multiple choice or short answer questions. All question are of equal weighting. One mark will be awarded for each correct response. Incorrect responses will not incur penalty.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

The scientific report is to be submitted as a single Word document via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply concepts of atomic structure to explain molecular bonding and nuclear reactivity.

2. Apply scientific laws to explain physical and chemical changes to matter.

3. Interpret structural drawings and names of molecules, with particular reference to organic compounds.

4. Develop laboratory skills to obtain, interpret and report experimental data.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



5 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title On-campus Activity
Task Description

Internal students must attend all laboratory sessions held throughout the term.

Mixed mode students students are required to attend a 3 day residential school for this course. Mixed mode students must select to attend only one of the available Residential schools offered on either Rockhampton or Bundaberg campuses. Your selection can be made through the student allocator / timetable system on MyCQU.

Assessment Due Date As per designated dates of laboratory sessions or residential school.
Return Date to Students A Pass/Fail grade will be recorded for this assessment following attendance at the Residential School or weekly laboratory sessions.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Mixed mode students are required to attend and participate in all laboratory exercises scheduled for a three day residential school. Sessions each day commence at 8:30 am and conclude with the completion of the practical exercises scheduled for the day (approximately 5pm).

Internal students are required to attend and participate in all scheduled laboratory sessions as per laboratory schedule available on course Moodle site.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Hard copy

Student attendance at the Residential School / laboratory sessions will be confirmed through daily roll calls.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

4. Develop laboratory skills to obtain, interpret and report experimental data.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 40%
Length 120 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply concepts of atomic structure to explain molecular bonding and nuclear reactivity.

2. Apply scientific laws to explain physical and chemical changes to matter.

3. Interpret structural drawings and names of molecules, with particular reference to organic compounds.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy


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