Introduction to Chemistry and the Life Sciences

Course code EPCHEM314Units 20English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

Designed to introduce concepts in the physical and life sciences. Topics in the Chemistry component include an introduction to the study of the basic chemistry required for further studies in the physical and life sciences: the concepts of atoms, molecules and ions; the periodic table; chemical compounds and formulae; bonding; basic shapes of molecules; chemical amounts and the mole concept; solution studies; and acids, pH and buffers. In the Life Sciences component, students will study the basic concepts of cell biology, anatomy and physiology, the components of the cell, osmosis, homeostasis, body systems, tissues and organs, body functions and important biochemical reactions. Utilizing a range of approaches, students will develop skills in observation, research and communication modes appropriate to further study in Life Sciences, Nursing, Environmental, Biological and Chemical Science and Engineering.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of EPCHEM314 Introduction to Chemistry and the Life Sciences, students will demonstrate:
1. the ability to express scientific ideas in a logical, coherent fashion.
2. skills in working individually and in groups in both practical and theoretical contexts in the verbal communication of scientific ideas.
3. the acquisition of skills in researching existing theory and applying scientific method in practical contexts.
5. the ability to solve simple problems in both practical and theoretical contexts.
6. the ability to use relevant technology in support of scientific inquiry.
ContentEPCHEM314 Introduction to Chemistry and the Life Sciences covers:
1. pure substances and mixtures.
2. atoms, molecules, and ions.
3. simple atomic models.
4. the periodic table.
5. chemical compounds, formulae, bonding and basic shapes of molecules.
6. simple chemical reactions.
7. chemical amounts and the mole concept.
8. energy.
9. solution studies.
10. carbon chemistry.
11. components of animal cells and their functions.
12. anatomy.
13. body systems and organs.
14. body functions and homeostasis.
15. important biochemical reactions.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassOne mid-course written test
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne written research assignment
Examination: FormalFormal Examination
Laboratory ExercisesChemistry demonstration report and Life Sciences lab session and report
Quiz - On-lineWeekly online quizzes in Chemistry and Life Sciences
Contact HoursLecture: for 5 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Laboratory: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EPCHEM314