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CHEM11044 - Chemical Reactions

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will learn practical chemistry applications including sample acquisition, chain-of-custody, storage, analysis and reporting. You will become familiar with laboratory compliance procedures, identify risks and appropriate risk-minimisation approaches. The theoretical concepts will include naming of compounds, electrochemistry and its applications, pH, acidity and buffering capacity of solutions, reaction rates and kinetics, organic reaction mechanisms, and basic atomic and molecular spectroscopy. This unit will set a strong foundation for studies in analytical and materials sciences, physical and interface chemistry. You will also be able to examine the energies associated with electrochemical reactions that underpin important processes such as electricity generation, renewable energies, corrosion and electroplating. Accompanying the theory, you will enhance your practical skills by learning the operation and maintenance of common instrumentation in the laboratory, and perform advanced titrations, measure soil acidity, and synthesise, and determine yield and purity of, organic products. On-campus students will attend regular laboratory sessions and there is a compulsory residential school for distance students.

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

Prerequisite: CHEM11043 Atoms, Molecules and Matter

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 Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Bundaberg
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
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 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 20.93% 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: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation (SUTE)
Feedback
Students have highlighted the residential school was not long enough. It should be four days instead of three days. It was too short for the amount of work required to be done with eight practical sessions to go through.
Recommendation
The residential school will be extended from three days to four days for 2021.
Action Taken
The residential school was extended from three days to four days. In addition, the practical manual book was revised thoroughly by our teaching team. The number of experiments was reduced from eight experiments to six experiments and two new practical sessions were introduced to the residential school. This provided students with more time to learn and to perform their experiments and complete their proformas and laboratory reports while attending the res-school.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation (SUTE)
Feedback
Students would also like an updated version of the laboratory manual and answers to the tutorial questions.
Recommendation
The laboratory manual will be updated and correct answers to tutorial questions will be provided to students in the next offering.
Action Taken
As mentioned above, the practical manual book was revised and updated thoroughly by the teaching team. An updated edition was uploaded to Moodle before the residential school. The answers to the tutorial questions were uploaded to Moodle each week. Live tutorials and recorded tutorials were offered to students every Wednesday during the term to assist students. Follow-up or additional questions were answered by the Unit Coordinator via the Moodle Q&A forum and email. This ensured that students had updated learning resources for laboratory and tutorial questions.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation (SUTE)
Feedback
No elaboration on assessment feedback
Recommendation
The teaching team will work together to develop strategies around feedback and provide consistent feedback to the students for their work.
Action Taken
The teaching team discussed and developed comprehensive assessment feedback for students during marking time. Answer models were also provided with this. This approach was well-received by students as reflected in their evaluations, e.g., "good to receive feedback and marks on our prac reports while still at the res school".
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students found the residential school beneficial towards their learning process such as theory and difficult content, topics that were not easy to understand online.
Recommendation
The teaching team will continue to maintain the standards and quality of the residential school's activities.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Whilst the students were very appreciative of the residential school, they also wished to schedule the second group residential school earlier during the term rather than just one week before Take-home exam.
Recommendation
Timetabling requests should be considered where possible.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students recommended that they would prefer succinct and simple explanations of important concepts of some of the topics in the course.
Recommendation
The teaching team will work together to develop strategies to provide students with better explanations of important concepts.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply concepts of chemical bonding and reaction energies to chemical synthesis and processes
  2. Use critical reasoning to apply chemical theories to reactions
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of buffer chemistry with regard to preparation, buffer capacity and pH
  4. Synthesise organic compounds and examine these for purity
  5. Interpret a range of spectra, including infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectroscopy, to identify compounds
  6. Demonstrate competency in laboratory compliance procedures, experimental techniques, data generation, analysis and report writing.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination