Introductory Chemistry I

Course code CHEM1010Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Introduces chemistry, focusing on the foundation concepts of chemistry. It examines basic atomic and molecular structure, introduces the chemistry of carbon compounds, and illustrates basic physical concepts central to an understanding in the discipline.

This is one of two foundation subjects in the key central scientific discipline of chemistry, providing core knowledge in science, engineering and life sciences.

This course has compulsory course components and students must:
1. Participate in and submit laboratory reports for a all five (5) experiments ("wet labs") and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. Obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will:

1. be familiar with basic concepts in chemistry relevant to the professional practice of chemistry, environmental science, biotechnology, biomedical science and engineering
2. have developed an understanding of the breadth, established knowledge base and applicability of chemistry
3. have established an appreciation of the central role of chemistry in science and technology
4. have developed an understanding and knowledge of basic key concepts central to chemical science
5. have developed an understanding of the elements of chemical language, representations, structures and symbolism
6. have been provided introductory experience of the scientific methods employed in chemistry
7. have developed elementary skills in laboratory methods applied in analytical and experimental tasks involving chemistry
8. have developed skills in the scientific method of conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments
9. have developed some understanding of the safe practice and responsibilities residing in scientific and chemically-based work
ContentThe course involves study of the following topics, illustrated where appropriate with relevant examples from applicable areas:

1) Introduction to Atomic and Molecular Concepts
a) matter, atoms and elements
b) molecules and compounds
c) equations and stoichiometry
d) reactions - energy and enthalpy

2) Introduction to Organic Chemistry:
a) orbitals and hybridisation
b) saturated compounds - alkanes and cycloalkanes
c) unsaturated compounds - alkenes and alkynes
d) aromatic compounds - benzene
e) applications of spectroscopy

3) Foundation Physical Concepts in Chemistry :
a) atomic structure
b) electron configurations of elements
c) bonding and structure
d) gases
e) chemical equilibria
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents returning to study after some time since HSC are advised to take an PREP094 Introduction to Undergraduate Chemistry refresher course before commencing this course.

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/foundation-studies/bridging-courses/bridging-programs-for-undergraduate-students.html

Students without HSC Chemistry are strongly advised to take both PREP079 Foundation Chemistry and PREP094 Introduction to Undergraduate Chemistry refresher course as a minimum.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Laboratory
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalThis has a compulsory course component. Students must obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course in order to demonstrate that they have fulfilled course objectives relating to the understanding of the material expounded during lectures and/or described in assigned readings.

On achieving a passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the compulsory course component. Students who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will be awarded a zero mark and a FF grade, irrespective of their final numeric mark. In such case, the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Laboratory ExercisesThis has a compulsory course component. Students must participate in and submit laboratory reports for all five (5) experiments ("wet labs") and obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in order to demonstrate that the student has fulfilled course objectives relating to appropriate laboratory skills and professional and safety responsibilities. On achieving the passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student satisfied the compulsory course component. For those students who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.

Make-up provisions
Students who are unable to complete the required number of laboratory exercises for reasons beyond their control will be offered the opportunity to make up at least one experiment at the discretion of the Discipline of Chemistry.
Quiz - On-lineThere will be three (3) on-line quizzes concerning each of the three sections of the lecture material, after each section has been completed and prior to the formal examination.
Self Directed LearningStudents are expected to undertake three (3) self-study exercises with the aid of notes and on-line resources provided. The exercises are intended to develop three different aspects of the course material which are needed for understanding and manipulation of these underlying concepts in Chemistry. Knowledge addressed in each of these exercises will be tested by an on-line quiz for each one.
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to meet course objectives aligned with the students' understanding of, and ability to manipulate and apply the theoretical concepts which form the core of the material expounding during lectures and/or described in assigned readings, students must:
1. participate in and submit laboratory reports for all five (5) experiments ("wet labs") and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for CHEM1010