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 - 2022

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

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To see assessment details from an earlier availability, please search via a previous term.

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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 27.27% 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: Have Your Say
Feedback
The best aspects of the unit were that lecturers took time to present the more complex aspects of topics in a logical sequence. Tutorial sessions were also well explained which helped students understand the content.
Recommendation
We will continue to maintain high standards set going forward.
Action Taken
Online tutorial questions 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: Have Your Say
Feedback
There was not enough time in the residential school to complete the experiments and proformas.
Recommendation
We have planned to increase the residential school duration from 3 to 4 days in 2020. It is also noted that there wont be any internal laboratory classes scheduled in 2020.
Action Taken
The residential school was scheduled to increase from three days to four days.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Learning Resources: Students wanted the most updated version of laboratory manual made available at the beginning of the term.
Recommendation
A thorough review of the laboratory manual will be undertaken before 2020 offering. The most updated version will be uploaded on Moodle at the beginning of the term.
Action Taken
The laboratory manual was reviewed and ongoing enhancements will be made before the 2021 offering.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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