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65111 Chemistry 1

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UTS: Science: Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

Description

The study of chemistry is central to an understanding of the world around us and is relevant to all other science areas, such as physics, biology, geology and the environment at the fundamental level. This subject is designed to develop the student's understanding of the basic principles of chemistry.

Topics covered include an introduction to matter, chemical reactions, atomic structure, stoichiometry, the periodic table, bonding, intermolecular forces and crystal structures, molecular geometry, equilibrium, and acid-base equilibria. The subject provides the requisite knowledge and skills for 65212 Chemistry 2.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Possess a thorough understanding of key chemistry principles
2. Qualitatively monitor chemical reactions and explain observations through the use of chemical equations
3. Apply quantitative skills to solve chemistry problems
4. Demonstrate basic practical skills including appropriate use of laboratory equipment and proper laboratory practice.
5. Identify and understand the contribution that chemistry has to the greater scientific community as well as the many applications it has to the real world.
6. Express chemistry concepts in a clear manner for a range of audiences through a variety of written and verbal forms.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of following course intended learning outcomes:

  • An understanding of the nature, practice and application of the chosen science discipline. (1.0)
  • The ability to acquire, develop, employ and integrate a range of technical, practical and professional skills, in appropriate and ethical ways within a professional context, autonomously and collaboratively and across a range of disciplinary and professional areas, e.g. time management skills, personal organisation skills, teamwork skills, computing skills, laboratory skills, data handling, quantitative and graphical literacy skills. (3.0)
  • An awareness of the role of science within a global culture and willingness to contribute actively to the shaping of community views on complex issues where the methods and findings of science are relevant. (5.0)
  • An understanding of the different forms of communication - writing, reading, speaking, listening - including visual and graphical, within science and beyond and the ability to apply these appropriately and effectively for different audiences. (6.0)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

1. Disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application
This subject aims to provide students with a basic understanding of chemistry and its significance in other fields of science. This subject will develop your knowledge of chemistry through the lecture and collaborative workshop session and online self-test quizzes, while practical skills and knowledge will be developed through the laboratory sessions. These concepts are assessed on this in the practical laboratory quizzes, mid semester and final exams.

3. Professional skills and their application

Through the practical sessions this semester you will gain understanding and proficiency in a number of skills critical to your development as a professional scientist. The skills you will develop and be assessed on include; problem solving, experimental, teamwork and professional conduct in the laboratory. These skills will be developed in the practical sessions run throughout the semester and are constructed in a way that ensure students skills are being developed over time. The assessment of these skills will be covered through all laboratory based assessment tasks. Problem solving skills will be developed by the in-lab questions and assessed in the laboratory quizzes, experimental skills will be developed during practical sessions and assessed in the practical examination. The teamwork and professionalism in the laboratory will be developed and assessed by the professional practice points.

5. Engagement with the needs of society

Chemistry plays a significant role in all fields of science, it is important that you understand the contribution of chemistry to the modern world. A key part of this understanding is identifying the underlying chemical principles in a number of applications and explaining the relationship between them. The lecture material will introduce the importance of making these connections by linking the lecture material to a specific application. This will be assessed through the communication assessment where you to identify and explain the chemistry concept and how it applies to scientific community and society in general.

6. Communication skills

Communication skills are an essential part to your development as a professional scientist, in this subject you will engage with a range of different media to help communicate results or ideas. The importance of communication in science will be developed through engagement with online resources outlining effective communication and an activity early in the semester requiring you to summarise a recent chemistry news article. Throughout the semester you will be required to communicate your results through your lab manual which will be assessed during the laboratory session. A communication assessment at the end of the laboratory program will assess your ability to effectively summarise information and express complex idea through a visual and verbal media.

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject will be delivered through lectures, practical laboratory sessions and independent learning activities.

There will be 3 x 1.5 hours of lectures each week. It is recommended that you attend all lectures to develop a complete understanding of the content (students who do not attend lectures often do not pass this subject). The laboratory classes are an essential part of the subject as they will consolidate your understanding of theoretical concepts delivered in the lectures. You will also develop important practical skills, an understanding of laboratory safety and experience that are highly desired by your future employers. Attendance during the laboratory program is compulsory.

Numerous independent learning activities feature throughout Chemistry 1, accessed through UTSOnline and Mastering Chemistry (an online chemistry learning software where student can engage with homework questions, tutorials and chemistry videos). These activities include pre-lecture material designed to support your active learning in class and additional post-lecture activities such as online self-assessment quizzes designed to test your understanding of concepts learned in class. Pre-laboratory exercises delivered online will be compulsory for all students to complete before entering the laboratory sessions. Extensive feedback in the form of hints and adaptive follow-up questions are provided to help you achieve all learning outcomes.

Content (topics)

You will learn about the importance of chemistry as a central science underpinning many modern scientific discoveries and innovations. The topics you will cover this semester include:

Atoms, Elements and the Periodic Table - Atomic structure, ions, ionic compounds, structure and trends of the Periodic Table

Chemical Reactions – Ionic equations, solubility rules, redox and combustion

Quantitative Chemistry – Moles, stoichiometry, limiting reagents, yield

Bonding – Ionic and covalent bonds, Lewis Diagrams, Shapes of molecules, VSEPR

Acid, Bases and Equilibrium - pH, equilibrium constant, Le-Chatelier principle, ICE Tables

Intermolecular Forces – Polarity, types of intermolecular forces, effect on physical properties

Assumed Knowledge: basic skills in mathematics (algebra, graph plotting, properties of logarithms) and proficiency in written and spoken English are assumed.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Laboratory-based assessment

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

1. disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application

3. professional skills and their appropriate application

5. engagement with the needs of Society

6. communication skills

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

1.0, 3.0, 5.0 and 6.0

Type: Laboratory/practical
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 50%
Criteria:

See 'Further Information' below for details of assessment criteria for each component.

Assessment task 2: Mastering Chemistry Quizzes

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

1. disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 3

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

1.0

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 10%
Criteria:

Students will be assessed based on the correctness of their response to assessed questions.

Assessment task 3: Final Exam

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

1. disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 3

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

1.0

Type: Examination
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%
Length:

2 hours plus 10 mins reading time

Criteria:

Students will be assessed based on:

- evidence of understanding of key concepts

- evidence of problem solving skills through the correctness of their response to assessed questions

Minimum requirements

In order to be eligible for consideration for a pass in Chemistry 1, a student must achieve at least 40% in the final examination and practical components in this subject. If 40% is not reached, an X grade fail may be awarded for the subject, irrespective of an overall mark greater than 50.

Practical classes in subjects offered by the School of Chemistry and Forensic Science are an essential and integral part of each subject in which they run. In addition to assisting students’ understanding of concepts, practical classes develop laboratory skills and experience, including safety skills, that are essential graduate attributes desired by employers. Thus, students are expected to attend all scheduled practical classes. You may not be eligible for a pass in this subject if your laboratory attendance rate is less than 80%. Failure to attend a class that is associated with an assessment item will attract a mark of zero for that assessment item unless an acceptable reason for their absence, supported by relevant documentary evidence, is provided to the following email address (chemistry1@uts.edu.au). The practical classes are an essential and integral part of this subject and you are expected to attend all scheduled practical classes. Failure to attend a class that is associated with an assessment item will attract a mark of zero for that assessment item unless an acceptable reason for their absence, supported by relevant documentary evidence.

Required texts

Brown, Lemay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward, Langford, Sagatys, George Chemistry The Central Science, 3rd ed Pearson, Australia 2014

Recommended texts

Aylward and Findlay, S.I. Data book, 6th ed Wiley Australia 2008

Zeegers et alia, Essential Skills for Science and Technology: Oxford University Press 2008

Paul Monk, Maths for Chemistry 2nd Ed Oxford University Press 2010