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Chemistry

Objectives

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate Chemistry-specific language skills;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of chemical facts, theories and procedures;
  • Apply chemical knowledge in simple situations and perform routine calculations;
  • Apply complex reasoning processes to solve both multistep and novel problems;
  • Collect data from primary and secondary sources and communicate findings in an appropriate manner;
  • Operate safely and effectively in a laboratory situation using scientific equipment and methodology;
  • Appreciate the role of Chemistry in contemporary society.

Course outline

Semester One

The first part of the semester focuses on atomic structure, chemical formulas and equations, and calculations involving moles. The second part of the semester considers different types of electron orbitals, the periodic table and ionic, metallic and covalent bonding. Thermochemistry is discussed at the end of this semester.

Semester Two

This semester looks at the chemistry of gases and solutions. The key concept of chemical equilibrium is explored as well as the chemistry of acids and bases. A study of redox reactions lead on to basic electrochemistry. The final part of the course considers some basic organic chemistry.

Assessment

This subject teaches to and assesses students on their competence in respect of the following units of competency:

  • QLD204CHE01A Investigate chemical science problems

In addition, students' work is graded in accordance with the following table:

SEMESTER 1

Assessment 
Assessment TaskWeighting (% of overall mark)

A

Internet Research Task

-

B

Laboratory Practical

 10%

C

Semester One Examination

25%

-

Unit Tests 1-3

 9%

-

Worksheets/Online Homework

 2.5%

 

Total

46.5%

SEMESTER 2

AssessmentAssessment TaskWeighting (% of overall mark)

D

Research Essay

10%

E

Oral Presentation

 5%

F

Mid Semester Examination (S2)

10%

G

Semester Two Examination

30%

-

Online Homework

 2.5%

 

Total

53.5%