Chemistry for the Life Sciences II
Available in 2012
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
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.
This course is not to be counted with CHEM1020.
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.
On successful completion of this course, students will:
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.
The course involves study of the following topics, illustrated as appropriate with relevant examples from applicable areas:
1. Concepts in Organic Chemistry
a) introduction to functional group chemistry: haloalkanes; alcohols; amines; aldehydes; ketones
c) carboxylic acids and derivatives
e) amino acids/proteins
f) chirality (including in biomolecules)
2. Concepts in Physical Chemistry
a) reaction kinetics
b) acids and bases
c) enthalpy, entropy and free energy
3. Introduction to the Periodic Table and Inorganic Chemistry
a) transition metals and coordination chemistry; role of transition metals in biological systems
b) bonding and molecular structure in inorganic compounds
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.
Modes of Delivery
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term