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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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Describe chemical concepts as they relate to biomedical science, human health and natural products. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
2 Logically approach and solve problems of an applied chemical nature. Intellectual rigour
3 Describe the chemical and physical properties of organic functional groups. Knowledge of a discipline
4 Describe the common chemical reactions of organic compounds, their synthesis and biological significance. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
5 Use basic laboratory equipment, methods and techniques to qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate chemical and physical properties of substances, chemical reactions and solutions. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. Describe chemical concepts as they relate to biomedical science, human health and natural products.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. Logically approach and solve problems of an applied chemical nature.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. Describe the chemical and physical properties of organic functional groups.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Describe the common chemical reactions of organic compounds, their synthesis and biological significance.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. Use basic laboratory equipment, methods and techniques to qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate chemical and physical properties of substances, chemical reactions and solutions.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • McMurry, J, Ballantine, DS, Hoeger, CA & Peterson, VE, 2013, Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, 7th edn, Pearson Education Inc, USA.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.