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CHEM1111: Chemistry 1A (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHEM1111: Chemistry 1A (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: School of Chemistry
Unit Coordinator/s:
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: CHEM1001 OR CHEM1101 OR CHEM1901 OR CHEM1903 OR CHEM1109 OR CHEM1011 OR CHEM1911 OR CHEM1991.
Brief Handbook Description: Chemistry describes how and why things happen from a molecular perspective. Chemistry underpins all aspects of the natural and physical world, and provides the basis for new technologies and advances in the life, medical and physical sciences, engineering, and industrial processes. This unit of study will further develop your knowledge and skills in chemistry for application to life and medical sciences, engineering, and further study in chemistry. You will learn about nuclear and radiation chemistry, wave theory, atomic orbitals, spectroscopy, bonding, enthalpy and entropy, equilibrium, processes occurring in solutions, and the functional groups in carbon chemistry. You will develop experimental design, conduct and analysis skills in chemistry through experiments that ask and answer questions like how do dyes work, how do we desalinate water, how do we measure the acid content in foods, how do we get the blue in a blueprint, and how do we extract natural products from plants? Through inquiry, observation and measurement, you will understand the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of the natural and physical world and will be able to apply this understanding to real-world problems and solutions.

This unit of study is directed toward students with a satisfactory prior knowledge of the HSC chemistry course.
Assumed Knowledge: HSC Chemistry and Mathematics. Students who have not completed HSC Chemistry (or equivalent) and HSC Mathematics (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Chemistry and Mathematics Bridging Courses (offered in February).
Timetable: CHEM1111 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 3 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 13
3 Laboratory 3.00 1 9

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1)
1. Work ethically, responsibly, autonomously and reflectively as a learner and as a scientist
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1)
2. Communicate scientific information and laboratory findings effectively using a range of modes (written, oral, visual etc.) for a variety of purposes and audiences
3. Search for and analyse information from a range of sources and judge its reliability, significance and relevance
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
4. Recall chemical concepts and use chemical language to explain reactions between chemical compounds
5. Define and explain concepts of chemistry, including nuclear and radiation chemistry, wave theory, atomic orbitals, spectroscopy, bonding, enthalpy and entropy, equilibrium and processes occurring in solutions, and functional groups in carbon chemistry
6. Perform safe laboratory manipulations, and handle chemicals and glassware safely
7. Apply chemistry knowledge and experimentation to real world problems and articulate the relevance of chemical investigations and their findings to the local and global community
8. Analyse data using computer software and describe and interpret the main patterns in data
9. Work collaboratively with academic integrity with others in the processes of learning, experimentation, problem solving and assessment
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Pre-lecture quizzes No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 4, 5, 8,
2 Tutorial quizzes No 15.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 4, 5,
3 Pre-laboratory quizzes No 3.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 7, 8,
4 Laboratory attendance No 8.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 6, 8, 9,
5 Laboratory log book No 4.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 8, 9,
6 Exam No 60.00 Exam Period 4, 5, 8,
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Exam Period Assessment Due: Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) 2018, 2019
Biomedical Mid-Year 2018, 2019, 2016, 2017
Biomedical/ Project Management 2019
Biomedical 2018, 2019, 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Arts 2018, 2019
Biomedical / Commerce 2018, 2019
Biomedical / Project Management 2018
Biomedical /Science 2018, 2019
Biomedical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019
Biomedical / Law 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular 2018, 2019, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Health) 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular/ Project Management 2019
Biomedical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Electrical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Mechanical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Mechatronic/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Software/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Flexible First Year 2016+ / Science (Health) 2019
Flexible First Year 2016+ / Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1) No 10.2%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1) No 3.62%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) No 86.18%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.