CQUniversity Unit Profile
CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences
Chemistry for the Life Sciences
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General Information

Overview

This unit provides the principles of chemistry that underpin the life sciences and a strong foundation on which students can develop an understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology. Starting with an appreciation of what matter is and classic atomic structure, the learning will progress through how energy is involved in bond formation and provides forces between molecules that govern chemical interaction, to the organic chemistry and molecules central to the life sciences. Understanding the naming and classifying of chemical compounds will allow students to communicate in accepted scientific terms. Tutorials and practical laboratories will re-enforce the theoretical knowledge gained in lectures, and provide the students with the opportunity to use basic mathematics and develop practical analytical skills. There will be a compulsory residential school for distance education students.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2018

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 10%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 15%
3. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
4. Examination
Weighting: 50%
5. On-campus Activity
Weighting: Pass/Fail

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have your say survey via Moodle

Feedback

The majority of students indicated that overall they enjoyed the course, the following aspects were highlighted 1. Delivery of content 2. Approachability of staff and their consistent reliable response to queries 3. Quality of face to face interaction with staff

Recommendation

Continue best practice

Feedback from Have your say survey via Moodle

Feedback

A number of students expressed their concern at the amount of content covered in this unit. The majority acknowledged that the material covered is necessary for their discipline and future study but felt that their understanding would benefit if the unit was divided into more units – either via the addition of a bridging unit prior to CHEM11041 to cover the fundamentals or by the delivery of the content over two separate units.

Recommendation

As observed by a number of respondents CHEM11041 is a pre requisite to a number of units and in order to prepare the students for these units it is necessary to cover a lot of chemistry fundamentals.

Feedback from Have your say survey via Moodle

Feedback

A number of respondents (particularly mixed mode) felt that there should be more face to face interaction within the unit.

Recommendation

The majority of student enrolled in this unit were mixed mode students, those who were located near the Bundaberg and Rockhampton campus' were offered the opportunity to attend internal tutorials and lab sessions, a number of students did take this option and found it beneficial. Unfortunately the footprint of this cohort does limit the potential for all students to have face to face interaction outside of the residential school, to counter that video tutorials have been provided to students but time and geography limit the impact.

Feedback from Have your say survey via Moodle

Feedback

The residential school appeared to be a highlight for the majority of students, however a number of students felt that it should be extended, in terms of timing and in offering locations. It was also commented by a number of respondents that the layout of the manual could be improved, be lined up with laboratory schedule, etc.

Recommendation

As it stands due to the nature of the residential school and the requirement of appropriate lab space and specialised instrumentation there are limitations to the locations available, this can and does also impact on the number of offerings possible too. Although it should be noted that an additional Rockhampton residential school offering was made available this year. The laboratory manuals layout will be reviewed by academic staff.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply concepts of atomic structure to explain molecular bonding and nuclear reactivity.
  2. Apply scientific laws to explain physical and chemical changes to matter.
  3. Interpret structural drawings and names of molecules, with particular reference to organic compounds.
  4. Develop laboratory skills to obtain, interpret and report experimental data.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
2 - Written Assessment - 15%
3 - Practical and Written Assessment - 25%
4 - Examination - 50%
5 - On-campus Activity - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
2 - Written Assessment - 15%
3 - Practical and Written Assessment - 25%
4 - Examination - 50%
5 - On-campus Activity - 0%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

General, Organic & Biological Chemistry 3rd (2016)

Authors: Janice Gorzynski Smith
McGraw Hill
New York New York , USA
ISBN: 978-0--07-351124-5
Binding: Other

Additional Textbook Information

The prescribed text for this course will also be used for BMSC 11004 Introduction to Biochemistry (Term 2) and BMSC 11005 Foundations of Biochemistry (Term 2)

In addition to the prescribed textbook, students are required to have the following items, available from the CQUniversity bookshop

  1. CQUniversity Periodic Table of the Elements
  2. Scientific calculator (preferred brands Casio FX82 ES or SHARP EL-531XH)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Vancouver

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Aoife Power Unit Coordinator
a.power@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 1: Matter and Measurements

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

All weekly quizzes must be completed by the Wednesday of the following week, i.e. the Week 1 Quiz must be completed by 11:55 pm on the Wednesday of week 2

Week 2 Begin Date: 12 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 2: Atoms, the Mole and the Periodic Table

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz Topic 1 closes 11:55 pm AEST, Wednesday 14th March 2018

Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 3: Ionic Compounds

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz Topic 2 closes 11:55 pm AEST, Wednesday 21st March 2018

Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 4: Molecular Compounds

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz Topic 3 closes 11:55 pm AEST, Wednesday 28th March 2018

Week 5 Begin Date: 02 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 5: Chemical Reactions

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz Topic 4 closes 11:55 pm AEST, Wednesday 4th April 2018
Assessment 3 Part B - Internal Rockhampton students,
Report due
April 8th 2017 11:45 PM AEST

Vacation Week Begin Date: 09 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 16 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 6: Gases, Liquids and Solids

Topic 7: Solutions

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz Topic 5 closes 11:55 pm AEST, Wednesday 18th April 2018

Week 7 Begin Date: 23 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 8: Acids, Bases and Buffers

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz Topics 6 & 7 closes 11:55 pm AEST, Wednesday 25th April 2018

Residential school - Rockhampton campus Session A
Thurs 26th - Sat 28th April 2018

Week 8 Begin Date: 30 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 9: Hydrocarbons

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz Topic 8 closes 11:55 pm AEST, Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Assessment 2 - All students, Due 4th May 2018 11:55 pm AEST


Assessment 2: Written Assessment Due: Week 8 Friday (4 May 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 07 May 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 10: Oxygen Containing Compounds

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz Topic 9 closes closes 11:55 pm AEST, Wednesday 9th May 2018

Assessment 3 Part B - Rockhampton Residential School Session A students,
Report due
May 8th 2018 11:45 PM AEST

Week 10 Begin Date: 14 May 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 11: Amines

Topic 12: Aldehydes and Ketones

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz Topic 10 closes closes 11:55 pm AEST, Wednesday 16th May 2018

Residential school - Rockhampton campus Session B
Wed 16th - Fri 18th May, 2018

Residential school - Bundaberg
Wed 16th - Fri 18th May, 2018

Residential school - Geraldton Universities Centre
Sat 19th - Mon 21st May, 2018



Week 11 Begin Date: 21 May 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 13: Carboxylic Acids and their Derivatives

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz Topics 11 & 12 closes 11:55 pm, Wednesday 23rd May 2018


Week 12 Begin Date: 28 May 2018

Module/Topic

Topic 14: Nuclear Chemistry

Review

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3 Part B - Rockhampton Residential School Session B students,
Report due
May 28th 2018 11:45 PM AEST

Assessment 3 Part B - Bundaberg Residential School students,
Report due
May 28th 2018 11:45 PM AEST

Assessment 3 Part B - Geraldton Residential School students,
Report due

June 1st 2018 11:45 PM AEST

Quiz Topic 13 closes 11:55 pm, Wednesday 30th May 2018

Assessment 3 Part A – All students,
Post Laboratory Quiz due
Monday 2nd June 2017 11:45 PM AEST

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 04 Jun 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz Topic 14 closes 11:55 pm, Wednesday 6th June 2018

Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Jun 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Internal weekly lab sessions will only run on Rockhampton North Campus - All other students will be required to attend one (only) of the offered residential schools

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Assessment 1: Online Quiz

Task Description

This assessment is comprised of weekly on-line quizzes which will aid your comprehension of the concepts presented in each topic of this course. This assessment requires you to study the material in the relevant topics of the Chemistry for the Life Sciences course and apply the concepts presented to answer a series of multiple choice questions.

Each quiz is comprised of 10 multiple-choice questions.

Multiple attempts can be made on each quiz and the highest mark achieved will be recorded.

All quizzes are of equal value.



Number of Quizzes

12


Frequency of Quizzes

Weekly


Assessment Due Date

Each quiz will close at 5 pm on the Wednesday of the following week. i.e. The week 1 quiz will close on the Wednesday of Week 2.


Return Date to Students

Quiz results will be released after the quiz has closed.


Weighting
10%

Minimum mark or grade
40 %

Assessment Criteria

All questions are of equal weighting. One mark will be awarded for each correct response. Incorrect responses will not incur a penalty.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply concepts of atomic structure to explain molecular bonding and nuclear reactivity.
  • Develop laboratory skills to obtain, interpret and report experimental data.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 2: Written Assessment

Task Description

Marks will be awarded for each question as indicated in the assessment item. Explanations for each of your answers must be provided. If questions require calculations all working must be shown. Completion of this assessment will also help in your preparation for the end of term exam.

Note: all submissions are processed through the similarity detection software (Turnitin). You must ensure that all of the work is your own, in line with University requirements.

Your response to this assessment must be typed and should be made in electronic format, and be submitted through the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file following the on-screen instructions. You must submit the assessment by uploading a single word document (i.e. .doc or .docx), through the Moodle site. Mac users should ensure that the file name has '.doc' or '.docx' for word files. This will ensure that you are able to upload into Moodle.

This assessment is designed to help you in your comprehension of the concepts presented in topics 5, 6 and 7 of the course. This assessment requires you to apply the concepts studied and to provide short answers to a series of questions. You must provide complete workings for all calculations and use the appropriate units where required.

This assessment task must be completed by 11:55 pm AEST Friday 4th of May 2018. In the absence of an approved extension, there will be no opportunity to complete the task after this date, and there will be no supplementary exam or assessment offered should you come close to passing the unit but do not meet the criteria for a Pass grade for the unit overall.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (4 May 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Friday (25 May 2018)


Weighting
15%

Minimum mark or grade
40%

Assessment Criteria

All submissions should be typed.
Marks will be awarded for each question as indicated on the assessment item.
Explanations for each of your answers must be provided.
If questions require calculations all working must be shown.
Report your answers to the correct number of significant figures.
Include units in your calculations and answers where applicable


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
You must submit the assessment by uploading a single word document (ie .doc or .docx) through the moodle site. Mac users should ensure that the file name has '.doc' or '.docx' for word files. This will ensure that you are able to upload into moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply concepts of atomic structure to explain molecular bonding and nuclear reactivity.
  • Apply scientific laws to explain physical and chemical changes to matter.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

3 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 3: Practical and Written Assessment

Task Description

You are required to attend and participate in all laboratory classes for this unit.

Mixed mode students are required to attend one (1) of the residential schools offered during the term for this unit. You must nominate which residential school you will attend via the student allocator/timetabling system.

Internal Rockhampton students are required to attend laboratory classes during term according to the laboratory schedule available on Moodle.

This assessment is designed to develop laboratory skills, in addition to observational, data collection, communication and written skills. A laboratory workbook should be completed as the laboratory procedures are undertaken.

Part A of this assessment requires you to complete a short online quiz. The quiz will require you to reflect on workbook entries and the practical procedures undertaken.

Part B of this assessment requires you to complete a scientific report for a nominated experiment. The scientific report must be written using the guidelines provided in the Laboratory information, workbook and report guidelines document available through Moodle. Your response to this assessment must be typed and should be made in electronic format, and be submitted through the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file following the on-screen instructions. You must submit the assessment by uploading a single word document (i.e. .doc or .docx), through the Moodle site. Mac users should ensure that the file name has '.doc' or '.docx' for word files. This will ensure that you are able to upload into Moodle. Submissions should be uploaded into Moodle according to the due dates indicated in the schedule for the different student groups, (i.e. internal students, mixed mode students attending the residential school).

Due dates for submission

Internal Rockhampton students, Report due 8th April 2018 11:45 PM AEST
Rockhampton Residential School Session A students, Report due 8th May 2018 11:45 PM AEST
Geraldton Residential School students, Report due xxth xxx 2018 11:45 PM AEST
Rockhampton Residential School Session A students,
Report due 28th May 2018 11:45 PM AEST
Bundaberg Residential School students,
Report due 28th May 2018 11:45 PM AEST


Assessment Due Date

The scientific report is to be submitted according to the due dates indicated in the schedule for the different student groups. The post laboratory quiz must be completed by Monday of week 12 (Monday May 30 11:45 AEST).


Return Date to Students

All marks for this assessment will be finalised and reports returned to students before exam week. Please note that reports cannot be returned to students until after the submission due date for students attending final residential school option.


Weighting
25%

Minimum mark or grade
40%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment has a total weighting of 25%, comprised of

Attendance and Participation (pass/fail)

A pass/fail grade will be awarded for attendance and participation at the residential school/laboratory sessions.

Completion and submission of the scientific report (15%)

The scientific report must be written using the guidelines provided in the Laboratory information, workbook and report guidelines document.

The report should demonstrate:

  • effective communication skills and adherence to report guidelines provided
  • accurate recording of experimental data
  • evidence of critical thinking and problem solving skills with application to data interpretation and calculations
  • appreciation of significant figures and demonstrated competency in chemical calculations
  • correct presentation of structures, diagrams, equations and nomenclature
  • drawing and labeling of graphs and the ability to interpolate and extrapolate off graphs (if appropriate to task)
  • accuracy of results
  • ability to discuss chemical principles and experimental results.

Completion of Post Laboratory Quiz (10%).

The post laboratory quiz will consist of multiple choice or short answer questions. All question are of equal weighting. One mark will be awarded for each correct response. Incorrect responses will not incur penalty.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
The scientific report is to be submitted as a single Word document via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply concepts of atomic structure to explain molecular bonding and nuclear reactivity.
  • Apply scientific laws to explain physical and chemical changes to matter.
  • Interpret structural drawings and names of molecules, with particular reference to organic compounds.
  • Develop laboratory skills to obtain, interpret and report experimental data.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

4 On-campus Activity

Assessment Title
On-campus Activity

Task Description

Rockhampton Internal students must attend all laboratory sessions held throughout the term.

Mixed mode students students are required to attend a 3 day residential school for this course. Mixed mode students must select to attend only one of the available Residential schools offered. Your selection can be made through the student allocator / timetable system on MyCQU.


Assessment Due Date

As per designated dates of laboratory sessions or residential school.


Return Date to Students

A Pass/Fail grade will be recorded for this assessment following attendance at the Residential School or weekly laboratory sessions.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
Pass

Assessment Criteria

Mixed mode students are required to attend and participate in all laboratory exercises scheduled for a three day residential school. Sessions each day commence at 8:30 am and conclude with the completion of the practical exercises scheduled for the day (approximately 5pm).

Internal students are required to attend and participate in all scheduled laboratory sessions as per laboratory schedule available on course Moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Offline

Submission Instructions
Student attendance at the Residential School / laboratory sessions will be confirmed through daily roll calls.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop laboratory skills to obtain, interpret and report experimental data.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
120 minutes

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised
Closed Book
Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?