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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 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 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 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. Examination 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

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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: Have your say survey, Moodle forums and student- staff discussions
Feedback
Some students were displeased with the quality of the lecture videos, a number highlighting echo 360 in particular as an issue (sound issues). This unfortunately appears to be a common complaint across a number of units.
Recommendation
Measures were taken by academic staff to improve video quality with reasonable success (personal purchase of microphone). Issues with echo 360 however, are beyond the academic staff’s control. It should be noted that the University has moved to an updated Echo 360 platform for term 2 2018 so hopefully this will combat a lot of the issues highlighted.
Action Taken
Measures were taken by academic staff to improve video quality with reasonable success (personal purchase of microphone). Issues with echo 360 however, are beyond the academic staff’s control.
Source: Have your say survey, Moodle forums and student- staff discussions
Feedback
Students highlighted the occurrence of a sesskey error in Moodle which made navigation of the Moodle site difficult and time consuming.
Recommendation
Academic staff were in contact with ITD to remedy the issue - this is an ongoing issue that ITD are aware of and are working to resolve. Again, this unfortunately is somewhat beyond the control of academic staff.
Action Taken
Academic staff contacted ITD to remedy the issue - this was an ongoing issue that ITD were aware of and ultimately resolved. Again, this unfortunately is somewhat beyond the control of academic staff.
Source: Have your say survey, Moodle forums and student- staff discussions
Feedback
A number of students expressed their concern at the amount of content covered in this unit. With some querying the relevance of the content for their discipline and future study. Some felt that their understanding would benefit if the unit was divided into more units – either via the addition of a bridging unit prior to CHEM11042 to cover the unit load or by the delivery of the content over two separate units.
Recommendation
CHEM11042 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. Staff can sympathise that students (particularly those studying chemistry for the first time) may feel overwhelmed and struggle with the unit content. Consequently, a large amount of resources were made available to students and students were made aware of the support facilities available to them such as the ALC and so forth.
Action Taken
CHEM11042 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. Staff can sympathise that students (particularly those studying chemistry for the first time) may feel overwhelmed and struggle with the unit content. Consequently, a large amount of resources were made available to students and students were made aware of the support facilities available to them such as the ALC and so forth. The unit and its content have seen continued review. Consequently, the unit has been further updated, in fact, it should be noted that there was a reduction in the amount of content covered in CHEM11042 compared to previous offerings as certain topics were delivered in other units.
Source: Have your say survey, Moodle forums and student- staff discussions
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 4. Use of online assessment pieces
Recommendation
Continue best practice.
Action Taken
Continue best practice.
Source: Have your Say
Feedback
Some students still do not believe that chemistry is relevant to their chosen field, this also impacted negatively on their engagement with the units learning materials.
Recommendation
Following significant consultation with staff form the appropriate disciplines, the unit was designed to present topics in a relevant, scenario based content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your Say
Feedback
A number of students expressed their concern at the amount of content covered in this unit.
Recommendation
CHEM11042 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. Staff can sympathise that students (particularly those studying chemistry for the first time) may feel overwhelmed and struggle with the unit content. Consequently, a large amount of resources were made available to students and students were made aware of the support facilities available to them such as the ALC and so forth. The unit and its content have seen continued review since it's redesign in 2017. Consequently, the unit has been continuously updated, in fact, it should be noted that there was a reduction in the amount of content covered in CHEM11042 compared to previous offerings as certain topics were delivered in other units.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your Say Email Moodle Forums
Feedback
Students raised some sound issues that occurred during live lectures.
Recommendation
Once academic staff were alerted to student concerns, academic staff took multiple measures to resolve the sound issues, including seeking out maintenance of an air con unit in the lecture theatre. Academic staff also contacted ITD teaching services to remedy the issue - theatre microphone check requests etc. Ultimately, unfortunately most issues were somewhat beyond the control of academic staff.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say Email
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 4. Use of online assessment pieces
Recommendation
The chemistry team continue our efforts to provide students with the necessary resources to aid their understanding of the unit content and support their study.
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 - Examination
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
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
1 - Online Quiz(zes)