CHEM40079 - Introductory Chemistry

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Introductory Chemistry prepares students for university study in the chemical sciences. This unit introduces a range of topics such as matter, molecules, bonding, chemical reactions, measurements, acids and bases, pH, and organic chemistry. Students will gain an introductory understanding of chemical concepts and learn to perform chemical calculations.

Details

Level Non-award
Unit Level Not Applicable
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 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2019 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 Non-award 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) 20%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. Written Assessment 20%

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 Procedures 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 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 53.33% 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: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Positive feedback on overall content and delivery.
Recommendation
Continue to deliver quality unit.
Action Taken
This recommendation was actioned
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Mixed feedback on style of lecture podcasts.
Recommendation
Prepare new lecture recordings with a student audience to better gauge students understanding and engagement.
Action Taken
This recommendation has been actioned with most lecture recordings being of the ISL format
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Some students felt that the lectures were long. They felt the unit was content heavy.
Recommendation
Produce short summary instruction videos highlighting what the students should be getting out of each lecture.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Weekly modules did not answer some assessment questions.
Recommendation
Rewrite the assignment instructions to explicitly inform students that a percentage of each assessment task is designed to encourage students to think innovatively. The assignment instructions should make this clear.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recall fundamental chemical concepts including matter, atomic structure, molecules, bonding, physical and chemical properties, acids and bases, chemical reactions and organic compounds.
  2. Interpret the Periodic Table of the elements.
  3. Apply chemical concepts, quantities and calculations to develop solutions to chemistry problems.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Self Management
2 - Communication
3 - Information Literacy
4 - Information Technology Competence
5 - Problem Solving
6 - Critical Thinking
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment