CQUniversity Unit Profile
CHEM40079 Introductory Chemistry
Introductory Chemistry
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General Information

Overview

Introductory Chemistry will provide you with a foundation for university study in the chemical sciences. This unit will provide fundamental principles of chemistry by introducing topics such as matter, molecules, bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, acids and bases, and organic chemistry. In addition to gaining an introductory understanding of chemical concepts, you will learn to perform chemical calculations.

Details

Career Level: Non-award
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 3 - 2020

Online

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Non-award 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: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%

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 Teaching team

Feedback

Low participation in Zoom sessions.

Recommendation

Organise one-on-one Zoom sessions for students needing assistance.

Feedback from Teaching team and student feedback

Feedback

No practical sessions

Recommendation

Integrate laboratory videos that relate to the learning outcomes.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain fundamental chemical concepts including matter, atomic structure, molecules, bonding, physical and chemical properties, stoichiometry, acids and bases, chemical reactions and organic compounds
  2. Interpret the periodic table of the elements
  3. Apply chemical concepts and calculations of quantities to solve chemistry problems.
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
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Self Management
2 - Communication
3 - Information Literacy
4 - Information Technology Competence
5 - Problem Solving
6 - Critical Thinking
7 - Cross-Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical Practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

Additional Textbook Information

The Study Guide for Introductory Chemistry is available on the Unit Moodle site. It can be downloaded on your computer, but we also  advise you to print out your own copy. Please note, the Study Guide cannot be purchased from the CQUniverstity Bookshop, however your Access Coordinator may provide you with advice on printing options.

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: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Flavia Santamaria Unit Coordinator
f.santamaria@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Module 1: Matter

Chapter

1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete Week 1 practice quiz 

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Module 2: Elements, Atoms and Molecules

Chapter

2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete Week 2 practice quiz

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Module 3: Electronic Configuration and the Periodic Table

Chapter

3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Quiz Due: Week 3 Thursday (26 Nov 2020) 11:55 pm AEST
Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Module 4: Ionic and Covalent Compounds

Chapter

4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Download Assessment 2

Complete Week 4 practice quiz

Vacation Week Begin Date: 07 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

Study Break

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 14 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

Module 5: Chemical Reactions

Chapter

5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete Week 5 practice quiz

Week 6 Begin Date: 21 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

Module 6: Redox Reactions

Chapter

6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete Week 6 practice quiz


Assessment 2 Due: Week 6 Tuesday (22 Dec 2020) 11:55 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 28 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

Study week

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 04 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Module 7. The Mole

Chapter

7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Download Assessment 3

Complete Week 7 practice quiz

Week 8 Begin Date: 11 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Module 8. Concentration / molarity

Chapter

8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete Week 8 practice quiz

Week 9 Begin Date: 18 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Module 9. Reactions and calculations

Chapter

9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete Week 9 practice quiz

Week 10 Begin Date: 25 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Module 10. Acids and bases

Chapter

10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete Week 10 practice quiz

Week 11 Begin Date: 01 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

Module 11. Organic chemistry

Chapter

11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Complete Week 11 practice quiz

Week 12 Begin Date: 08 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

Module 12. Chemical equilibrium

Chapter

12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3 Due: Week 12 Tuesday (9 Feb 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Term Specific Information

For any assistance and to organise one-on-one or group Zoom sessions please contact:

Unit Coordinator and Lecturer Dr Flavia Santamaria

Email: f.santamaria@cqu.edu.au

Ph: (07) 4930 6978.

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quiz

Task Description

Assessment 1 is available on the CHEM40079 Moodle site. It is a compulsory online quiz that covers material from Modules 1 and 2. The quiz comprises multiple-choice, matching and short answer questions.

The resources provided on the CHEM40079 Moodle site (including the Periodic Table) contain all the relevant material (content, examples and practice quizzes) required to complete the assessment.

Below are tips for successfully completing this quiz.

  • Download the questions from the CHEM40079 Moodle site and complete the assessment on paper prior to entering your answers in the online quiz.
  • Please ensure that you do not use the internet in seeking answers, as this assessment is not a research task, but is assessing your knowledge and understanding of topics covered in the Unit. Moreover, the information from some sites is unreliable, generalised or not as specific as is required for this assessment. Also, please do not answer using the information found in the Study Guide word for word but paraphrase it to demonstrate your understanding of topics.
  • Follow the information provided on the quiz site about presenting chemical formulas correctly.


Number of Quizzes


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Week 3 Thursday (26 Nov 2020) 11:55 pm AEST

This quiz closes at 11:55 PM. Ensure you complete and submit the quiz by this time.


Return Date to Students

Week 5 Thursday (17 Dec 2020)

The quiz will automatically return an interim result on completion. Short answer responses will be checked for automated marking errors and, if necessary, manually corrected within 14 days.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded for the correct response to multi-choice and short answer questions. Responses are scored based on:

  • correct use of terminology
  • factual correctness of presented material
  • correct use of science conventions
  • calculations which should include units where relevant
  • relevance of stated content to the question asked
  • application of foundation concepts to the question asked
  • clarity, thoroughness and completeness of explanations
  • logic of explanations and problem-solving
  • correct use of chemical formulas including appropriate subscripts and superscripts.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain fundamental chemical concepts including matter, atomic structure, molecules, bonding, physical and chemical properties, stoichiometry, acids and bases, chemical reactions and organic compounds
  • Interpret the periodic table of the elements


Graduate Attributes
  • Self Management
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 2

Task Description

Assessment 2 is available on the CHEM40079 Moodle site. It is a compulsory written assessment that covers material from Modules 2 to 5. The assessment comprises various question types that require handwritten responses.

Depending on the question, you may be required to do one or more of the following:

  • Perform calculations, providing units where relevant.
  • Balance equations including states of matter.
  • Present information graphically.
  • Use of examples and diagrams to support your answer.
  • Write chemical formulas using appropriate subscripts and superscripts.

TThe resources provided on the CHEM40079 Moodle site contain all the relevant material (content, examples and practice quizzes) required to complete the assessment. All working, including the development of answers, must be shown. Please ensure that you do not use the internet in seeking answers, as this assessment is not a research task, but is assessing your knowledge and understanding of topics covered in the Unit. Moreover, the information from some sites is unreliable, generalised or not as specific as is required for this assessment. You are also not required to reference, as all the information you need to use is found in the Unit material. Also, please do not answer using the information found in the Study Guide word for word but paraphrase it to demonstrate your understanding of topics.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Tuesday (22 Dec 2020) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Tuesday (12 Jan 2021)

Assessment will be returned within two weeks of the assessment due date or received date, whichever is later.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Marks are allocated for the following:

  • appropriate setting of the solution
  • correct sequence of steps
  • relevant use of examples and diagrams
  • accurate use of units, equations and formulas 

The number of marks allocated to each question is detailed in the assessment task on Moodle.

Answers to all questions must be handwritten on the assessment task sheets, using additional paper if extra space is required, and clearly presented with full working provided in order to obtain the maximum allocation of marks.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please submit as a single PDF via Moodle, do not send via email.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain fundamental chemical concepts including matter, atomic structure, molecules, bonding, physical and chemical properties, stoichiometry, acids and bases, chemical reactions and organic compounds
  • Interpret the periodic table of the elements


Graduate Attributes
  • Self Management
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 3

Task Description

Assessment 3 is available via the CHEM40079 Moodle site. It is a compulsory written assessment that covers material from Modules 6 to 11, in addition to fundamental concepts covered in earlier modules. The assessment comprises various question types that require handwritten responses.

Depending on the question, you may be required to do one or more of the following:

  • Choose the correct response from multiple-choice questions.
  • Perform simple or multi-step calculations, providing and using appropriate formulas and units where relevant.
  • Analyse primary and secondary data to determine solutions.
  • Provide short or extended answer responses using examples and diagrams to support your answer.
  • Present information in the correct chemical format (i.e. use subscripts and superscripts, and balance equations, including states of matter).

The resources provided on the CHEM40079 Moodle site contain all of the relevant material (content, examples and practice quizzes) required to complete the assessment. All working, including the development of answers, must be shown. Please ensure that you do not use the internet in seeking answers, as this assessment is not a research task, but is assessing your knowledge and understanding of topics covered in the Unit. Moreover, the information from some sites is unreliable, generalised or not as specific as is required for this assessment. You are also not required to reference, as all the information you need to use is found in the Unit material. Also, please do not answer using the information found in the Study Guide word for word but paraphrase it to demonstrate your understanding of topics.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Tuesday (9 Feb 2021) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (19 Feb 2021)

Assessment will be returned within two weeks of the assessment due date or received date, whichever is later.


Weighting
50%

Minimum mark or grade
You must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for this assessment.

Assessment Criteria

Marks are allocated for the following:

  • appropriate setting of the solution
  • correct sequence of steps
  • relevant use of examples and diagrams
  • accurate use of units, equations and formulas

The number of marks allocated to each question is detailed in the assessment task on Moodle.

Answers to all questions must be handwritten on the assessment task sheets, using additional paper if extra space is required, and clearly presented with full working provided in order to obtain the maximum allocation of marks.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Assessment 3 is to be uploaded as a single pdf document through the CHEM40079 Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain fundamental chemical concepts including matter, atomic structure, molecules, bonding, physical and chemical properties, stoichiometry, acids and bases, chemical reactions and organic compounds
  • Apply chemical concepts and calculations of quantities to solve chemistry problems.


Graduate Attributes
  • Self Management
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Problem Solving

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?