CHEM11042 - Fundamentals of Chemistry
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will provide you with the fundamental principles of chemistry that underpin the medical sciences and provide a strong foundation on which you can develop an understanding of biochemistry and molecular science. You will gain an appreciation of the nature of matter, classic atomic structure and how energy is involved in bond formation. These concepts will be developed to explain the forces between molecules that govern chemical interaction. You will be introduced to the chemistry of electrolytes, acids, bases and buffers. This study will be supported by simple calculations to assist you in relating to the pH scale. The study of organic chemistry and molecules central to the life sciences will enable you to develop an understanding of the biochemistry and molecular biology relevant to your specific discipline. The naming and classifying of chemical compounds will enable you to be conversant with accepted scientific terms. Tutorials and on-line activities will complement the theoretical knowledge gained in lectures and provide you with the basic mathematical and analytical tools required in the application of chemistry to your specific discipline.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
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
  • 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) 30%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. 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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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
The majority of students indicated that overall they enjoyed the course, the following aspects were highlighted 1. Delivery of content 2. Approachability of staff and their consistent reliable response to queries 3. Quality of face to face interaction with staff 4. Use of online assessment pieces Have your say survey via Moodle Continue best practice
Some students studying internally felt there was no (or limited) face to face interaction with staff . Have your say survey via Moodle Weekly ISL delivered tutorials were supplied to all campuses offering CHEM11042 internally, which allowed for real time interaction with academic staff, this will continue in the next offering. Additional approaches to increase visibility of staff to students will also be investigated.
Topic focus notes and Health Check quizzes were under utilised Lecturing Staff & Moodle's EASI CONNECT software Statistics were and will continue to be presented to students providing evidence that regular use of the health check quizzes (and other resources) is vital in ensuring adequate preparation for final exam. The quizzes are proven to be a vital learning tool. Students tended to neglect the valuable information provided in the topic focus notes. These summaries of topics will be regularly highlighted to students throughout the term.
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 chemical concepts to healthcare situations.
  3. Identify categories of organic compounds and their potential chemical interactions.
  4. Perform basic chemical calculations.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

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 - Examination        

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

You are required to purchase an E-Text:

Blackman et al, Chemistry Core Concepts, 1st edition, 2016 with Wiley Plus Learning Space.

This item can be purchased by accessing the link on the CHEM11042 Moodle site.

The E-book provides animations and short lecture style videos to assist you in your learning and the Wiley Plus Learning Space provides additional quizzes to further reinforce the course material and to assist you to gauge your undertanding of the concepts presented.

In addition to the E- textbook, students are required to have a Scientific calculator (preferred brand Casio FX82 ES) and Periodic table (optional)

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 CoordinatorLeanne Voss - vossml (l.m.voss@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

Lecture 1: How this unit runs; assessment and why we study chemistry.

Lecture 2: Introduction to matter

Lecture 3: Measurement

1.1 Why study chemistry?

1.2 Introduction to matter

3.3 Measurement

All weekly quizzes must be completed by the Wednesday of the following week. i.e. the Week 1 quiz must be completed by 11:55 pm on the Wednesday of week 2.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Lecture 1: Atomic structure

Lecture 2: The Periodic Table and ion formation

Lecture 3: Scientific notation and the metric system.

1.4 The structure of the atom

1.5 The Periodic Table of the elements

3.1 Section: Expression of large and small numbers

3.1 Section: Exponents and logarithms

3.2 Section: SI Units

Week 3 20-03-2017

Lecture 1: Molecular formula and the mole

Lecture 2: Introduction to Lewis dot diagrams

Lecture 3: Ionic bonding

2.1 Representations in chemistry

4.4 The mole

6.1 Fundamentals of bonding

6.2 Ionic bonding

Week 4 27-03-2017

Lecture 1: Covalent Bonding and Lewis dot diagrams

Lecture 2: VSEPR

Lecture 3: Intermolecular forces

6.3 Lewis structures

6.4 Valence shell electron pair repulsion theory (VSEPR)

7.2 Intermolecular forces

Week 5 03-04-2017

Lecture 1: Solutions and concentration terms

Lecture 2: Molarity and stoichiometry

Lecture 3: Dilutions

10.1 Introduction to solutions and solubility

10.2 Section: The concentration of soutions

10.2 Section: Diluting a solution

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

Lecture 1: Chemical reactions

Lecture 2: Energy in reactions

Lecture 3: Equilibrium

4.1 Chemical and physical change

4.2 Chemical equations

4.3 Balancing chemical equations

4.6 Stoichiometry, limiting reagents and percentage yield

8.3 Enthalpy

13.4 Temperature dependence of chemical reactions

13.5 Reaction mechanism and catalysis

9.1 Chemical equilibria

9.2 The equilibrium constant, K, and the reaction quotient, Q

9.4 How systems at equilibrium respond to change

Week 7 24-04-2017

Lecture 1: Acid base definition and neutralisation reactions

Lecture 2: pH calculations

Lecture 3: Buffers

11.1 The Bronsted-Lowry definition of acids and bases

11.5 The molecular basis of acid strength

11.2 Acid-base reactions in water

11.6 Buffer solutions

Week 8 01-05-2017

Lecture 1: The Ideal Gas equation

Lecture 2: Dalton's Law and Henry's Law

Lecture 3: Nuclear chemistry

7.3 Gases

7.4 Gas mixtures

Supplementary material

Poster: Applications of chemistry to Paramedic/Chiropractic scenarios. Due Friday (05 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Lecture 1: Introduction to organic chemistry and alkanes

Lecture 2: Alkenes and alkynes

Lecture 3: Aromatic compounds

2.1 Representations in chemistry

2.2 Section: Naming organic compounds - the nomenclature of alkanes

14.1 Introduction to hydrocarbons

14.2 Alkanes

14.4 Reactions of alkanes

14.3 Alkenes and alkynes

14.5 Reactions of alkenes

14.6 Aromatic compounds

Week 10 15-05-2017

Lecture 1: Functional groupos, aldehydes, ketones and ethers

Lecture 2: Alcohols

Lecture 3: Oxidation of alcohols

2.2 Section: Naming organic compounds - functional groups

15.2 Alcohols

15.3 Reactions of alcohols

Week 11 22-05-2017

Lecture 1: Amines

Lecture 2: Carboxylic acids and derivatives

Lecture 3: Chiral compounds

15.4 Amines

15.6 Carboxylic acids

15.7 Nomenclature of carboxylic acids and derivatives

15.1 Chiral compounds

Week 12 29-05-2017

Review

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

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Weekly on-line quizzes
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 unit. This assessment requires you to study the material in the relevant topics and apply the concepts presented to answer a series of multiple choice questions..

Each quiz is comprised of 10 multiple-choice questions taken from a question bank. All questions in each quiz are of equal value and each of the 10 quizzes will contibute 3%, totalling 30% for this assessment item.

The quiz is not timed and you are allowed three attempts; the highest score of the three attempts will be recorded. Note that questions are generated randomly and you will receive different questions on subsequent attempts.

There is a minimum mark requirement of 40% for this assessment item. Therefore, you must attain 40% in total for this assessment task in order to be eligible to pass the unit overall.


Number of Quizzes 10
Frequency of Quizzes Weekly
Assessment Due Date Each quiz will close at 11:55PM 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 30%
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.

3. Identify categories of organic compounds and their potential chemical interactions.

4. Perform basic chemical calculations.

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 Poster: Applications of chemistry to Paramedic/Chiropractic scenarios.
Task Description

This assessment requires you to design a professional poster that clearly illustrates the importance of chemistry in a scenario or medical condition that is significant to healthcare, particularly in your chosen field of paramedic or chiropractic science.
The poster should be well presented and include an image or diagram that represents and highlights the significance of the situation chosen.
You are to use your chemical knowledge and conduct research to explain the scenario and also suggest ways of improving, treating or preventing the issue being discussed.
The poster should be designed using PowerPoint application. A template for the poster and a 'how-to' video will be made available on the Moodle site.


Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

A marking Rubrik will be provided on the Moodle site for this unit.

Marks will be awarded for

  • Introduction to the topic
  • The use of an appropriate image
  • The chemical explantaion of the topic
  • Discussion on the potential of chemical knowledge to help explain/solve the problem presented
  • Overall presentaton
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Referencing
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

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

2. Apply chemical concepts to healthcare situations.

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



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.

3. Identify categories of organic compounds and their potential chemical interactions.

4. Perform basic chemical calculations.

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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