CHEM11042 - Fundamentals of Chemistry

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with the fundamental principles of chemistry that underpin the medical sciences and provide a strong foundation on which you can develop an understanding of biochemistry and molecular science. You will gain an appreciation of the nature of matter, classic atomic structure and how energy is involved in bond formation. These concepts will be developed to explain the forces between molecules that govern chemical interaction. You will be introduced to the chemistry of electrolytes, acids, bases and buffers. This study will be supported by simple calculations to assist you in relating to the pH scale. The study of organic chemistry and molecules central to the life sciences will enable you to develop an understanding of the biochemistry and molecular biology relevant to your specific discipline. The naming and classifying of chemical compounds will enable you to be conversant with accepted scientific terms. Tutorials and on-line activities will complement the theoretical knowledge gained in lectures and provide you with the basic mathematical and analytical tools required in the application of chemistry to your specific discipline.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2023 Profile
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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Take Home Exam 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 35.85% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 20.38% response rate.

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.

Source: SUTE
Feedback
Students commented that they found the learning resources provided (study guide; recorded lectures and tutorials) were beneficial and helpful towards their learning process.
Recommendation
The teaching team will continue to maintain the standards and quality of the contents based on the study guide that forms the central learning resource for this unit.
Action Taken
The chemistry team continued its best practice such as improving recording lectures videos, reviewing the unit contents, and updating the study guide.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Students recommended that a weekly live Q and A session would be highly beneficial for them to engage with the teaching team and towards improving their understanding of chemistry concepts.
Recommendation
The teaching team will implement a live one-hour Q and A session every week for the next offering. This will be conducted as an open-ended session to accommodate any queries or issues students may have. The Q&A sessions will be conducted as drop-in sessions which will not be compulsory but highly recommended.
Action Taken
Online tutorial question sessions were run every week to encourage more students to participate in tutorial questions and to help students with their practical questions and unit contents.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Students commented that they would prefer additional questions on each topic apart from the concept check questions (and worked examples) already provided in the study guide.
Recommendation
The teaching team will provide supplementary/additional tutorial type questions on a weekly basis for each topic. This is an ongoing improvement that will allow students to engage with additional learning resources.
Action Taken
The teaching team provided additional support for students with ad hoc questions during online sessions established for this purpose.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Students commented that it would be preferable if they are provided with additional URL links to videos etc. on a weekly basis as supplementary information/resources.
Recommendation
This is subjective as the vast resources on the Internet may not appeal to the teaching team and students equally and this can affect learner engagement with the unit. Students, however, will be advised to continue to use the Discussion Forum as intended by sharing links that they find externally as peer learning.
Action Taken
The Q&A and Discussion forums were created on Moodle for students to discuss, share their study with their peers and with the chemistry teaching team.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Going into paramedicine, I struggled to understand how a lot of the unit content was relevant, but I appreciated learning the content for a greater understanding of chemistry and healthcare implications. I also appreciated how the content was related back to healthcare settings and scenarios. That helped me understand the theory better. Overall, I enjoyed the unit.
Recommendation
This unit is a prerequisite to many units. It is part of the Science Pathway. It helps to develop student understanding of fundamental concepts required for subsequent study in chemistry and provides a basis for study in a range of majors. The contents of this unit are related to and helpful for other topics studied by paramedic students such as fundamental organic chemistry and general chemistry. The chemistry teaching team will emphasise this relationship at an early stage in the unit and further at relevant times with those students during lectures, tutorial and Q&A sessions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Really enjoyed the chemistry booklet. It really helped understand topics in depth.
Recommendation
The chemistry teaching team will continue to provide and update the study guide.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Feedback on assessments is outright unacceptable
Recommendation
The chemistry teaching team will work closely with the grading team to provide further explanations with students' assessments feedback files, not just simple as "?" or "incorrect".
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
I understand we can't get results until everyone submits however getting the score should not be delayed, students get very stressed.
Recommendation
The chemistry teaching team and grading team will consider this feedback. We will continue to aim to release students' results as soon as our marking is complete. We will consider releasing students' results first without feedback files where that can provide better student experience.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
A poorly delivered Q & A once a week with a senior student and an hour is not long enough for chemistry Q& A some weeks.
Recommendation
The chemistry teaching team will work closely with the session educator who delivers Q&A sessions to rectify and improve the session for the next offering and request the School to extend the session to two hours.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
It was hard to understand the recorded lectures. The lectures were very hard to watch, the content and presentation was not engaging.
Recommendation
The chemistry teaching team will continue to review and redesign the unit lecture content and record all of them again. The teaching team will ensure students understand that they should commit to studying the unit's learning materials for a minimum of 10 hours per week.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 chemical concepts to healthcare situations
  3. Identify categories of organic compounds and their potential chemical interactions
  4. Perform basic chemical calculations.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Take Home Exam
1 - Online Quiz(zes)