CHEM40079 - Introductory Chemistry
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Introductory Chemistry prepares students for university study in the chemical sciences. This unit introduces a range of topics such as matter, molecules, bonding, chemical reactions, measurements, acids and bases, pH, and organic chemistry. Students will gain an introductory understanding of chemical concepts and learn to perform chemical calculations.

Details

Career Level Non-award
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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
  • Distance

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 Non-award 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) 20%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. Written Assessment 20%

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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  • Review of Grade Procedure
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  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
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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
Request for additional podcasts for difficult aspects of modules Student feedback Record additional podcasts and ask students to advise Unit Coordinator if any sections need further explanation.
Request for additional weekly module tests to gauge understanding Student feedback Prepare online quizzes for each module.
Issue with quality of assessment responses Staff feedback Provide a clear set of expectations on task sheets and Moodle. Refer students to worked solutions, highlighting appropriate presentation. Provide feedback on marked assessments identifying what is missing, and demonstrate correct presentation for calculations.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Recall fundamental chemical concepts including matter, atomic structure, molecules, bonding, physical and chemical properties, acids and bases, chemical reactions and organic compounds.
  2. Interpret the Periodic Table of the elements.
  3. Apply chemical concepts, quantities and calculations to develop solutions to chemistry problems.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Self Management
2. Communication
3. Information Literacy  
4. Information Technology Competence    
5. Problem Solving  
6. Critical Thinking    
7. Cross-Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical Practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)      
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Written Assessment        
4 - Written Assessment        

Prescribed Textbooks

Periodic Table of Elements
Author/s: CQUniversity Year: 2016
Edition: Publisher: CQUniversity
City: Rockhampton State: Qld
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

This unit is supported by comprehensive study notes (and a range of other resources, including lecture podcasts) that are available on the Introductory Chemistry unit Moodle site.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Access to printer and scanner
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorTania van den Ancker (t.vandenancker@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

Module 1. Matter






Week 2 13-03-2017

Module 2. Elements, atoms and molecules






Week 3 20-03-2017

Module 3. Electronic configuration and the Periodic Table






Assessment 1 Online Quiz Due Wednesday (22 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 4 27-03-2017

Module 4. Ionic and covalent compounds





Week 5 03-04-2017

Module 5. Chemical reactions





Vacation Week 10-04-2017 Mid term study break





Week 6 17-04-2017

Module 6. Redox reactions






Week 7 24-04-2017

Module 7. The Mole





Assessment 2 Due Wednesday (26 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Module 8. Concentration / molarity






Week 9 08-05-2017

Module 9. Reactions and calculations






Week 10 15-05-2017

Module 10. Acids and bases






Assessment 3 Due Wednesday (17 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Module 11. Organic chemistry





Week 12 29-05-2017

Module 12. Chemical equilibrium






Assessment 4 Due Wednesday (31 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017





1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Assessment 1 Online Quiz
Task Description

Assessment 1 is available on the CHEM40079 Moodle site. It is a compulsory online quiz that covers material from Modules 1 and 2. The quiz comprises multiple choice, matching and short answer questions.

The resources provided on the CHEM40079 Moodle site (including The Periodic Table) contain all the relevant material (content, examples and practice quizzes) required to complete the assessment.

Tips for successfully completing this quiz:

  • download the questions from the CHEM40079 Moodle site and complete the assessment on paper prior to entering your answers in the online quiz
  • avoid using the internet to find answers because information from some sites is unreliable, generalised or not as specific as is required for this assessment
  • follow the information provided on the quiz site about presenting chemical formula correctly.
Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date Week 3 Wednesday (22-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 5 Wednesday (05-Apr-2017)
The quiz will automatically return an interim result on completion. Short answers responses will be checked for automated marking errors and, if necessary, manually corrected within 14 days.
Weighting 20%
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You must obtain at least 40% of the marks available for this assessment. If you achieve less than 40% on your first attempt, you may be offered an opportunity to resubmit. The maximum you can achieve on resubmission is 40%.
Submission Online

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

1. Recall fundamental chemical concepts including matter, atomic structure, molecules, bonding, physical and chemical properties, acids and bases, chemical reactions and organic compounds.

2. Interpret the Periodic Table of the elements.

3. Apply chemical concepts, quantities and calculations to develop solutions to chemistry problems.

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 2
Task Description

Assessment 2 is available on the CHEM40079 Moodle site. It is a compulsory written assessment that covers material from Modules 2 to 6.

The assessment comprises various question types that require handwritten responses. Depending on the question, you may be required to do one or more of the following:

  • perform simple calculations, providing units where relevant
  • balance equations including states of matter
  • present information graphically
  • use examples and diagrams to support your answer
  • write chemical formulas using appropriate subscripts and superscripts.

The resources provided on the CHEM40079 Moodle site contain all the relevant material (content, examples and practice quizzes) required to complete the assessment. All working, including development of answers, must be shown.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Wednesday (26-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Wednesday (10-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Marks are allocated for the following:

  • setting the solution out appropriately
  • sequencing steps correctly
  • using appropriate examples and diagrams
  • writing units, equations and formula accurately.

The number of marks allocated to each question are detailed in the assessment task.

Answers to all questions must be handwritten on the assessment task sheets, using additional paper if extra space is required, and clearly presented with full working provided in order to obtain the maximum allocation of marks.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You must obtain at least 40% of the marks available for this assessment. If you achieve less than 40% on your first attempt, you may be offered an opportunity to resubmit. The maximum you can achieve on resubmission is 40%.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Assessment 2 is to be uploaded as a single pdf document through the CHEM40079 Moodle site.

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

1. Recall fundamental chemical concepts including matter, atomic structure, molecules, bonding, physical and chemical properties, acids and bases, chemical reactions and organic compounds.

2. Interpret the Periodic Table of the elements.

3. Apply chemical concepts, quantities and calculations to develop solutions to chemistry problems.

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 3
Task Description

Assessment 3 is available via the CHEM40079 Moodle site. It is a compulsory written assessment that covers material from Modules 7 to 9, in addition to fundamental concepts covered in earlier modules.

The assessment comprises various question types that require handwritten responses. Depending on the question, you may be required to do one or more of the following:

  • choose the correct response from multiple choice questions
  • perform simple or multi-step calculations, providing and using appropriate formula and units where relevant
  • analyse primary and secondary data to determine solutions
  • provide short or extended answer responses using examples and diagrams to support your answer
  • present information in the correct chemical format (i.e. use subscripts and superscripts, and balance equations, including states of matter).

The resources provided on the CHEM40079 Moodle site contain all the relevant material (content, examples and practice quizzes) required to complete the assessment. All working, including development of answers, must be shown.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Wednesday (17-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Wednesday (31-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Marks are allocated for the following:

  • setting the solution out appropriately
  • sequencing steps correctly
  • using appropriate examples and diagrams
  • writing units, equations and formula accurately.

The number of marks allocated to each question are detailed in the assessment task.

Answers to all questions must be handwritten on the assessment task sheets, using additional paper if extra space is required, and clearly presented with full working provided in order to obtain the maximum allocation of marks.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You must obtain at least 40% of the marks available for this assessment. If you achieve less than 40% on your first attempt, you may be offered an opportunity to resubmit. The maximum you can achieve on resubmission is 40%.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Assessment 3 is to be uploaded as a single pdf document through the CHEM40079 Moodle site.

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

1. Recall fundamental chemical concepts including matter, atomic structure, molecules, bonding, physical and chemical properties, acids and bases, chemical reactions and organic compounds.

2. Interpret the Periodic Table of the elements.

3. Apply chemical concepts, quantities and calculations to develop solutions to chemistry problems.

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking



4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 4
Task Description

Assessment 4 is available via the CHEM40079 Moodle site. It is a compulsory assessment that covers material from Modules 10 and 11, in addition to fundamental concepts covered in earlier modules.

The assessment comprises various question types that require handwritten responses. Depending on the question, you may be required to do one or more of the following:

  • choose the correct response from multiple choice questions
  • perform simple or multi-step calculations, providing and using appropriate formula and units where relevant
  • analyse primary and secondary data to determine solutions
  • provide short or extended answer responses using examples and diagrams to support your answer
  • present information in the correct chemical format (i.e. present correct and clear representation of organic molecules).

All working, including development of answers, must be shown.

The resources provided on the CHEM40079 Moodle site contain all the relevant material (content, examples and practice quizzes) required to complete the assessment.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Wednesday (31-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Wednesday (14-Jun-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Marks are allocated for the following:

  • setting the solution out appropriately
  • sequencing steps correctly
  • using appropriate examples and diagrams
  • writing units, equations and formula accurately.

The number of marks allocated to each question are detailed in the assessment task.

Answers to all questions must be handwritten on the assessment task sheets, using additional paper if extra space is required, and clearly presented with full working provided in order to obtain the maximum allocation of marks.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You must obtain at least 40% of the marks available for this assessment. If you achieve less than 40% on your first attempt, you may be offered an opportunity to resubmit. The maximum you can achieve on resubmission is 40%.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Assessment 4 is to be uploaded as a single pdf document through the CHEM40079 Moodle site.

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

1. Recall fundamental chemical concepts including matter, atomic structure, molecules, bonding, physical and chemical properties, acids and bases, chemical reactions and organic compounds.

3. Apply chemical concepts, quantities and calculations to develop solutions to chemistry problems.

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking




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