CHEM11045 - Chemical Investigation and Theory

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In Chemical Investigation and Theory you will learn about chemical bonding theories and apply these to justify the observed properties of matter. This unit will extend your knowledge of nuclear chemistry by introducing different types of nuclear radiation and the representation of these processes by chemical equations and also the application of half-life calculations. You will use the First Law of Thermodynamics to study heat energies associated with chemical reactions and also consider the effects of changing conditions on established chemical equilibria. The nature of solutions will be investigated with particular focus on colligative properties and the Ideal Gas Equation will be used to describe the nature of gases. Aspects of environmental chemistry will be introduced.

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
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 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

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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.

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Feedback
Students found the tutorials beneficial to their study and understanding of topics, but expressed that they would have liked the inclusion of review quizzes similar to those in other first year chemistry units.
Recommendation
Tutorial questions were carefully selected by the academic team to reinforce key unit topics to students. The tutorial questions provide a more comprehensive review of the weekly topics than review quizzes and provides students a more appropriate gauge of their progress in the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
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A number of students stated that the examination was difficult to prepare for and the information provided regarding format and content should have been more detailed.
Recommendation
This was the first offering of the unit, consequently, details pertaining to the format and content of the examination were provided to students following requests for additional information regarding the examination and its layout. Moreover, the other assessments in the unit were designed to familiarise students to the format of questions they could expect in the exam, and this was highlighted to students.
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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. Staff interactions 4. Use of online assessment pieces
Recommendation
It is very encouraging to hear students found the unit beneficial and enjoyable, as it is something the chemistry team as a whole have put significant effort and time into across all the units we are involved with.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the structure of the atom and its sub-atomic particles and relate this to the trends observed in the Periodic Table
  2. Apply bonding theories to explain the shape, polarity and bonding that occurs in and between molecules
  3. Describe the composition and synthesis of organic polymers
  4. Describe the nature of colligative properties
  5. Apply chemical laws to explain chemical reactions and gas behaviour
  6. Describe types of nuclear radiation and perform half life calculations
  7. Discuss important reactions in the environment.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
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2 - Online Quiz(zes)
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Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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