Foundation Concepts for Chemistry & Life Sciences

Course code EPCHEM137Units 10English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

Designed to introduce basic concepts in the physical and life sciences. Topics include an introduction to the study of the basic chemistry required for further studies in the physical and life sciences: including concepts of pure substances and mixtures; atoms, molecules and ions; simple atomic models; the periodic table; chemical compounds: formulae of inorganic and organic compounds and compounds of biological importance; bonding; basic shapes of molecules; states of matter; the mole concept and stoichiometry; solution studies; acids and bases; and simple chemical reactions. Utilising a range of approaches, students will develop skills in observation, research and communication modes appropriate to further study in Life Sciences, Nursing, Environmental, and the Chemical Sciences.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesOn satisfactory completion of this course, students will:
1. have established an appreciation of the central role of chemistry in science and technology;
2. demonstrate an understanding of the elements of chemical language, representations, structures and symbolism;
3. have developed the skills needed to solve simple problems in both practical and theoretical contexts;
4. have developed competency in scientific reasoning, analysis of problems and note-taking;
5. Will begin to develop the skills needed to conduct independent research
6. have developed the ability to apply their knowledge and skills in an examination setting.
ContentThe course covers:
1. matter; measurement; units and the Scientific method.
2. atoms; simple atomic models and isotopes...
3. the periodic table and trends.
4. molecules; ions; chemical compounds and formulae.
5. bonding and basic shapes of molecules
6. physical states of matter and intermolecular forces.
7. simple chemical reactions and chemical equations.
8. the mole concept and stoichiometry
9. energy
10. solution studies
11. acids; bases; pH and buffers
12. introduction to organic chemistry and molecules of biological importance
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassOn-campus students: Demonstrate the ability to express scientific ideas in a logical, coherent fashion, and to solve simple problems. Demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of basic scientific principles.
Examination: FormalFinal examination : 50%
Laboratory ExercisesPractical Laboratory Report: Demonstrate skills in working individually and in groups, the use of relevant technology, interpretation of scientific data and application of scientific method.
Other: (please specify)Online students: Online assignments will take the place of an in-class test.
Quiz - On-lineMultiple on-line quizzes
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Term for 1 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EPCHEM137