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CHEM1911: Chemistry 1A (Adv) (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHEM1911: Chemistry 1A (Adv) (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: 80 or above in HSC Chemistry or equivalent
Prohibitions: CHEM1001 OR CHEM1101 OR CHEM1901 OR CHEM1903 OR CHEM1109 OR CHEM1011 OR CHEM1111 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 sciences, engineering, and industrial processes. This unit of study will further develop your knowledge and skills in chemistry for broad application, including 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 of molecules. You will develop experimental design, conduct and analysis skills in chemistry through experiments that ask and answer questions about the chemical nature and processes occurring around you. Through inquiry, observation and measurement, you will better understand 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 good secondary performance both overall and in chemistry or science. Students in this category are expected to do this unit rather than Chemistry 1A. Compared to the mainstream Chemistry 1A, the theory component of this unit provides a higher level of academic rigour and makes broader connections between topics.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Timetable: CHEM1911 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.

(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
1. Recall chemical concepts and use chemical language to explain reactions between chemical compounds
2. Define, explain, and apply 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
3. Perform safe laboratory manipulations, and handle chemicals and glassware safely
4. Analyse data using computer software and describe and interpret the main patterns in data
5. 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
6. Communicate scientific information and laboratory findings effectively using a range of modes (written, oral, visual etc.) for a variety of purposes and audiences
7. Work collaboratively with academic integrity with others in the processes of learning, experimentation, problem solving and assessment
8. Work ethically, responsibly, autonomously and reflectively as a learner and as a scientist
9. Search for and analyse information from a range of sources and judge its reliability, significance and relevance
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Pre-lecture quizzes No 10.00 Multiple Weeks
2 Tutorial quizzes No 15.00 Multiple Weeks
3 Pre-laboratory quizzes No 3.00 Multiple Weeks
4 Laboratory attendance No 8.00 Multiple Weeks
5 Laboratory log book No 4.00 Multiple Weeks
6 Exam No 60.00 Exam Period
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
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) No 0%

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.