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.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online
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).

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 22.06% 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: Moodle forums and student- staff discussions
Feedback
The twice daily response to the Q&A forum was appreciated by students
Recommendation
Continue good practice with twice daily sessions to answer any questions on the Q&A forum. Students will be encouraged to read other posts on this forum.
Action Taken
Student forums continued to be monitored/reviewed twice daily sessions. Students were encouraged via email, forum posts, in lectures and during tutorials to actively engage with the forums.
Source: Moodle forums and student-staff discussions
Feedback
Generally students found the structure of this Unit very workable. The students apprectiated the regular format for each week with included: lecture scenario and focus notes for the week, lecture slides and videos incorpoating use of the document camera for 'ease of following', reading and tutorial question list along with worked solutions and videos of same. Students appreciated the availability of lectures well ahead of time as this enabled them to plan studies around work committments.
Recommendation
Continue good practice and ensure frequent use of document camera for all recordings by all teaching staff so as to show live workings for calculations and explanations.
Action Taken
Worked solutions and tutorial videos were provided in the same manner as the previous Term 1 offering - with an emphasis placed on the proper use of the scientific calculator where it was required.
Source: Moodle forums and student-staff discussions
Feedback
Students enjoyed the scenario based approach for the introduction of topics for this Unit. This approach was also extended to the Poster assessment item which was well received.
Recommendation
The scenario based approach to this Unit will continue and further scenarios will be introduced.
Action Taken
The use of scenarios to contextualise the topics covered and aid students in their understanding of the subject material was maintained.
Source: Moodle forums and student-staff discussions
Feedback
More face to face tutorials for all students
Recommendation
The face to face tutorials for the Rockhampton campus will remain. In addition, an investigation into the possibility of a non-compulsory workshop for Flex students to attend Rockhampton campus will be undertaken. The possibiity of frequent zoom sessions will also be considered, although large cohort numbers may make these session difficult.
Action Taken
Face to face tutorials remained. Regrettably the large cohort and staffing constraints meant the workshop and zoom sessions were not feasible this offering.
Source: Moodle forums
Feedback
Some students did not like the prescribed online text,
Recommendation
Students were recommended to purchase a preferred option of the online text however this was not always taken. A hard copy text was also available. Future offerings should highlight to students that the hard copy is available.
Action Taken
Again the online e-text was not popular - the option of a hard copy was highlighted to students, however its uptake was again low possibly due to an increased cost.
Source: Moodle forums and student-staff discussions
Feedback
Some students made comment that there was too much content in this Unit or the Maths was too difficult.
Recommendation
Students will be encouraged to contact the ALC early in the term if they feel that their basic maths skills are not of appropriate standards. Required skills are multiplication, division, and basic alegebra including rearranging equations. The unit content can be broken down to 3 broad topics and this will be highlighted to students early on in the term. The topics introduced have been reduced both in quantity and depth from previous offerings with a focus now on relevance and application to paramedic/chiropractic scenarios.
Action Taken
Students were actively encouraged to interact with the ALC from the beginning of term. Students were also encouraged to engage early and often with staff via the forums - those that did, reported clear benefits.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
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
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2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
1 - Online Quiz(zes)