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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces students to the basic concepts of general and organic chemistry with a focus on the study of chemical properties, interactions and concepts that are relevant to human health. It includes study of chemical bonding, the periodic table, gases and solutions, acids and bases, chemical equilibrium, and organic functional groups. Laboratory classes provide students with experience in relevant basic techniques and methods.

Unit content

  • The structure and properties of matter
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Chemical bonding
  • Chemical calculations
  • Chemical reactions
  • Chemical equilibrium
  • Gases and intermolecular forces
  • Water, solutions, colloids and electrolytes
  • Acids and bases
  • Organic molecules

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 define and differentiate chemical terms and concepts as they relate to biomedical science and human health.
2 calculate chemical quantities and solve problems of an applied chemical nature.
3 describe the chemical and physical properties of inorganic compounds and organic functional groups.
4 employ laboratory methods and explain experimental data.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. define and differentiate chemical terms and concepts as they relate to biomedical science and human health.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. calculate chemical quantities and solve problems of an applied chemical nature.
    • GA1:
  3. describe the chemical and physical properties of inorganic compounds and organic functional groups.
    • GA4:
  4. employ laboratory methods and explain experimental data.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Stoker, HS, 2016, General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, 7th edn, Cengage Learning, USA. ISBN: 13: 9781285853918; ISBN-10: 1285853911.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.