Chemistry for the Life Sciences II

Description

Focuses on the foundation concepts of chemistry central to an understanding of the discipline and underpinning concepts in life and environmental sciences. It examines basic chemistry of carbon compounds, illustrates basic physical concepts, explores the periodic table and introduces inorganic compounds and their structures.

This is one of two foundation subjects in the key central scientific discipline of chemistry, providing core knowledge in science (including marine science and sustainable resource management), human nutrition and food technology.

Availability

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the basic concepts in chemistry relevant to the professional practice of chemistry, environmental sciences, food technology and human nutrition;

2. Understand the breadth, established knowledge base and applicability of key concepts central to chemistry

3. Appreciate the central role of chemistry in science and technology;

4. Understand the elements of chemical language, representations, structures and symbolism;

5. Have an introductory experience of the scientific methods employed in chemistry

6. Develop elementary skills in laboratory methods applied in analytical and experimental tasks involving chemistry;

7. Develop skills in the scientific method of conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments

8. Understand the safe practice and responsibilities residing in scientific and (especially) chemically-based work

Content

The course involves study of the following topics, illustrated as appropriate with relevant examples from applicable areas:

Concepts in Physical Chemistry

  1. Enthalpy, entropy, free energy & calorimetry
  2. Equilibrium
  3. acids & bases
  4. Reaction kinetics

Concepts in Bioorganic Chemistry

  1. carbohydrates & biopolymers
  2. amino acids & proteins
  3. chirality

Inorganic Chemistry

  1. Transition metals & Coordination chemistry
  2. metals in bioloogical systems

Assumed Knowledge

Fundamental concepts developed in CHEM1110 are extended in CHEM1120. It is assumed that students undertaking CHEM1120 have taken CHEM1110 (or equivalent), or are familiar with concepts and calculations involving moles. Students with prior learning in high school chemistry (or equivalent alternate study, such as Open Foundation) will have sufficient background to undertake this course.

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Written exam covering foundation concepts of chemistry

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory reports *

Quiz: Face to face and online tutorial quiz

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Compulsory Attendance of 80% at scheduled laboratories
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Overall mark of 50 or more for laboratory sessions

Contact Hours

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term