Chemistry for the Life Sciences I

Course code CHEM1110Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Focuses on the foundation concepts of chemistry in the context of the life sciences. In addition, environmental aspects are developed, especially as they illustrate key concepts in chemistry.
The subject 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 course is not to be counted with CHEM1010.

This course has a compulsory course component. As well as an overall passing grade (50%) students must meet the established minimum requirements relating to attendance at laboratories and the submission of laboratory reports.

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

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

1. to introduce basic concepts in chemistry relevant to the professional practice of chemistry, environmental sciences, food technology and human nutrition
2. to develop an understanding of the breadth, established knowledge base and applicability of chemistry
3. to establish an appreciation of the central role of chemistry in science and technology
4. to develop an understanding and knowledge of basic key concepts central to chemical science
5. to provide an understanding of the elements of chemical language, representations, structures and symbolism
6. to provide introductory experience of the scientific methods employed in chemistry
7. to develop elementary skills in laboratory methods applied in analytical and experimental tasks involving chemistry
8. to develop skills in the scientific method of conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments
9. to develop some understanding of the safe practice and responsibilities residing in scientific and (especially) chemically-based work
ContentThe course involves study of the following topics, illustrated as 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

2)Foundation Physical Concepts in Chemistry
a) atomic structure
b) electron configurations of elements
c) bonding and structure
d) gases

3) Introduction to Organic Chemistry
a) orbitals and hybridisation
b) saturated compounds - alkanes, nomenclature and cycloalkanes
c) unsaturated compounds - alkenes and alkynes
d) aromatic compounds - benzene
e) alkyl halides
f) alcohols & ethers
g) alkanals & alkanones
h) alkanoic acids & derivatives
i) introduction to IR spectroscopy
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNo specific prior knowledge is assumed. However, to facilitate success in the course, it is desirable to have completed prior learning in some science course(s) in senior secondary school (or equivalent alternate study, such as Open Foundation). The completion of HSC Chemistry (or an equivalent) is considered highly desirable but not essential.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Practical
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Laboratory ExercisesThis course has a high emphasis on laboratory competency. Students undertaking the course are required to demonstrate practical and theoretical competency in laboratory chemistry by participating in a minimum of 80% of the scheduled laboratory sessions and obtaining an overall grade of at least 50% in the laboratory component of the course. A final mark will be determined in the course based on all assessment items and it will be recorded whether the student has satisfied the compulsory course component. Students who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component (regardless of their final mark) will automatically have a failure recorded against their name.
Quiz - Class
Quiz - Tutorial- Online self-directed
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWH-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Compulsory Course ComponentAs well as an overall passing grade (50%) students must meet the established minimum requirements relating to attendance at laboratories and the submission of laboratory reports.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for CHEM1110