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CHEM1108: Chemistry 1 Life Sciences A (2011 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CHEM1108: Chemistry 1 Life Sciences A (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: School of Chemistry
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Session options: Semester 1
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Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study offers students an integrated approach to the composition of matter, the shapes of molecules and synthetic and mechanistic organic chemistry. The emphasis is on the molecular basis of biological systems and transformations in the Life Sciences and is reserved for students enrolled in the BSc (Molecular Biology & Genetics) and BMedSc programs. The laboratory classes develop an appreciation and understanding of the scientific method and include standard research techniques and experimental methodology. The unit carries a credit point value of 6 and consists of approximately 80 hours of teaching. It contains continuous assessment and concludes with an examination.

Course Aims:

This course serve as an introduction to general and organic chemistry and to thus to the chemistry of life processes. Students will gain an understanding of major principles underlying organic and biochemistry including how shape and charge distribution affects molecular properties.  In addition, they will develop skills in drug design and synthesis and in the spectroscopic identification of unknowns. These latter concepts will provide the foundations of a molecular toolbox that will serve them in any future attempt to understand, use and manipulate medicinal chemical science at a molecular level.
Assumed Knowledge: Students enrolling in this course should have undertaken HSC Chemistry or an equivalent such as the IB (preferably with Higher Level Chemistry) or A-level. Students who have not completed such a Chemistry course should enrol in Fundamentals of Chemistry A (CHEM1001).
Lecturer/s: Dr George, Adrian
Dr Baker, Robyn
Timetable: CHEM1108 Timetable
T&L Activities: The current standard work load for a 6 credit point unit of study is 3-7 hours per week of face-to-face teaching contact hours and an additional 6 hours per week of student work of independent study.  Below is a breakdown of our expectations for this unit. It should be noted that ‘Independent Study’ is based on what we believe to be the amount of time a typical student should spend to achieve to pass an item of assessment. Times are a guide only.

In class activities:

Lectures (39 @ 1 hour each) - 39 hours

Practicals (10 @ 3 hours each) - 30 hours

Tutorials (13 @ 1 hour each) - 13 hours

Total Hours: 82

Independent Study:

Reading for lectures (39 @ 0.5 hour each) - 20 hours

Tutorial assignments (13 @ 1 hour each) - 13 hours

Preparation for laboratory work including pre-laboratory quizzes (10 @ 0.5 hours each) - 5 hours

Revision for tutorial quizzes (3 @ 3 hours each) - 9 hours

Online research and study for spectroscopy assignment - 10 hours

Revision for exam - 12 hours

Total Hours: 69

You are now in control of your own study strategy, and as an adult learner it is up to you to devise a study plan that best suits you. Many resources are available to assist your learning including online activities, tutorials and support, a range of textbooks and the First Year Chemistry Learning Centre.
  • Online resources include ChemCAL, self-learning tests and suggested exam questions for each topic. See 'Course Resources' on the eLearning site for this unit for more details. The discussion board on the eLearning site is regularly monitored by tutors and lecturers.
  • Resources for the recommended textbook are available under 'Textbook Resources' on the eLearning site for this unit. Copies of this textbook and many other suitable reference books are available in the SciTech Library.
  • A tutor is available in the Learning Centre each lunch time (1 - 2pm) to answer questions and quick chemistry-related questions. There is no need to book a time. Outside these hours, questions can be placed on the discussion board on the eLearning site.

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.

Scientific problem-solving
1. an understanding of the concepts, language and symbolism of organic chemistry
2. an understanding of organic transformations, how they relate to structure and how they can be manipulated in nature
Scientific investigation
3. basic skills in computing, numeracy and data handling
4. the ability to perform safe laboratory manipulations and to handle glassware            
Critical thinking
5. a sense of responsibility and independence as a learner and as a scientist
Information seeking
6. the ability to find and analyse information and judge its reliability and significance              
Teamwork
7. the ability to engage in team and group work for scientific investigations and for the process of learning                  
Writing and speaking
8. the ability to communicate scientific information appropriately both orally and through written work
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Pre-Laboratory Quizzes No 3.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 6,
2 Laboratory Log Book (1) No 3.00 Week 4 5, 6, 7, 8,
3 Laboratory Log Book (2) No 4.00 Week 12 5, 6, 7, 8,
4 Data Analysis Yes 2.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 6,
5 Tutorial Quiz 1 No 5.00 Week 5 1, 2, 5,
6 Tutorial Quiz 2 No 5.00 Week 9 1, 2, 5,
7 Tutorial Quiz 3 No 5.00 Week 12 1, 2, 5,
8 Spectroscopy Problem Solving Assignment No 10.00 Week 12 1, 3, 5, 6, 7,
9 Examination No 60.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3,
10 Laboratory Attendance and Attitude No 3.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 6,
Assessment Description: You are responsible for understanding the University policy regarding assessment and examination, which can be found at http://www.usyd.edu.au/ab/policies/Assess_Exam_Coursework.pdf``> http://www.usyd.edu.au/ab/policies/Assess_Exam_Coursework.pdf

Formative and Summative Assessment

Assessment in this unit will be formative (for self assessment and feedback) and summative (for feedback and marks).

Pre-Laboratory Quizzes: Available under `Laboratory Program` on the eLearning site for this unit and to be completed prior to the relevant experiment. Later completion will incur a 50% penalty.Laboratory Log Book (1): Completed during each laboratory session, the log book is a record of observations and hypotheses. See the `Laboratory Handbook` for more details. Assessment (1) is primarily used to provide feedback on how to complete the log book. Completion of the `http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/elearning/learn/plagiarism/index.php``>Plagiarism and Academic Honesty` course is required for the log book mark to be recorded.Laboratory Log Book (2): Completed during each laboratory session, the log book is a record of observations and hypotheses. See the `Laboratory Handbook` for more details. Assessment (2) is based how the quality of the log book taken during the semester. Completion of the `http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/elearning/learn/plagiarism/index.php``>Plagiarism and Academic Honesty` course is required for the log book mark to be recorded.Data Analysis (Group 1: pink, blue, silver and purple): A quantitative, statistical analysis of the data obtained from the E8 experiment. Completed via an online quiz, under `Laboratory Program`, on the eLearning site for this unit. The data is collected during weeks 5 - 9 and released at the end of week 9. Data Analysis (Group 2: orange, yellow, green and red): A quantitative, statistical analysis of the data obtained from the E8 experiment. Completed via an online quiz, under `Laboratory Program`, on the eLearning site for this unit. The data is collected during weeks 10 - 13 and released at the end of week 13.Tutorial Quiz 1: The quiz involves 10 multiple choice questions and will be held in the tutorial class. A sample quiz will be made available during the previous week (see `Course Resources` on the eLearning site) and this should be consulted for the topics and style of the questions in the quiz. The result and detailed personal feedback will be sent to your university email.Tutorial Quiz 2: The quiz involves 10 multiple choice questions and will be held in the tutorial class. A sample quiz will be made available during the previous week (see `Course Resources` on the eLearning site) and this should be consulted for the topics and style of the questions in the quiz. The result and detailed personal feedback will be sent to your university email.    Tutorial Quiz 3: The quiz involves 10 multiple choice questions and will be held in the tutorial class. A sample quiz will be made available during the previous week (see `Course Resources` on the eLearning site) and this should be consulted for the topics and style of the questions in the quiz. The result and detailed personal feedback will be sent to your university email.Spectroscopy Problem Solving Assignment: An online research task based on workshops in the tutorials involving structure determination of organic molecules from IR, UV and NMR spectroscopy.Examination: The final examination covers the whole of the lecture course and is made up of approximately 1/3 multiple choice and 2/3 short answer questions. No laboratory work is examinable. Full exam papers with model answers are available via `Course Resources` on the eLearning site for this unit.Laboratory: The laboratory course represents 15% of the unit mark. It is assessed through a variety of in-class and online activities. The laboratory course must be passed for the unit for the unit to be passed - i.e. a mark of 7.5 / 15 is required. In addition, you must attend 9 out of the 10 experimental session to pass the laboratory course.Laboratory Attendance and Attitude: Awarded each week of the laboratory course.
Grading:
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 http://sydney.edu.au/policies . 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.
Policies & Procedures: For full details of applicable university policies and procedures, see the Policies Online site at http://sydney.edu.au/policy"> http://sydney.edu.au/policy Academic Policies relevant to student assessment, progression and coursework:
  • Academic Honesty in Coursework. All students must submit a cover sheet for all assessment work that declares that the work is original and not plagiarised from the work of others. The University regards plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct, and has very strict rules that all students must adhere to. For information see the document defining academic honesty and plagiarism http://sydney.edu.au/ab/policies/Academic_Honesty_Cwk.pdf"> http://sydney.edu.au/ab/policies/Academic_Honesty_Cwk.pdf
  • Coursework assessment and examination policy. The faculty policy is to use standards based assessment for units where grades are returned and criteria based assessment for Pass / Fail only units. Norm referenced assessment will only be used in exceptional circumstances and its use will need to be justified to the Undergraduate Studies Committee. Special consideration for illness or misadventure may be considered when an assessment component is severely affected. This policy gives the details of the information that is required to be submitted along with the appropriate procedures and forms (see link below).
  • Special Arrangements for Examination and Assessment. In exceptional circumstances alternate arrangements for exams or assessment can be made. However concessions for outside work arrangements, holidays and travel, sporting and entertainment events will not normally be given. Start by going to the Faculty of Science Webpage, and downloading the ‘Special Consideration’ pack http://sydney.edu.au/science/cstudent/ug/forms.shtml#special_consideration"> http://sydney.edu.au/science/cstudent/ug/forms.shtml#special_consideration
  • Student Appeals against Academic Decisions. Students have the right to appeal any academic decision made by a school or the faculty. The appeal must follow the appropriate procedure so that a fair hearing is obtained.
Relevant forms are available on the Faculty policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/science/cstudent/ug/forms.shtml"> http://sydney.edu.au/science/cstudent/ug/forms.shtml    
Online Course Content: http://assign3.chem.usyd.edu.au/uos_outlines/make_pdf.cfm?unit=CHEM1108&print=no
Note on Resources: RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK 

Blackman, Bottle, Schmid, Mocerino and Wile,

Chemistry and SI Chemical Data (package), 2011 (John Wiley) ISBN: 9 78174246 5951

Textbooks can be purchased at the Co-op Bookshop and copies are also on reserve in the SciTech Library. The textbook is a recommended purchase and is not compulsory. Resources provided by the publisher, including a link to their course website, are available under 'Textbook Resources' on the eLearning site for this unit. 

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 4 Assessment Due: Laboratory Log Book (1)
Week 5 Assessment Due: Tutorial Quiz 1
Week 9 Assessment Due: Tutorial Quiz 2
Week 12 Assessment Due: Laboratory Log Book (2)
Assessment Due: Tutorial Quiz 3
Assessment Due: Spectroscopy Problem Solving Assignment
Exam Period Assessment Due: Examination

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Mechanical Engineering / Medical Science 2011
Mechatronic Engineering / Medical Science 2011
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2011
Aeronautical Engineering / Science 2011
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Science 2011
Civil Engineering / Science 2011
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2011
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2016, 2017
Civil / Science 2016, 2017
Electrical / Science 2016, 2017
Software / Science 2016, 2017
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Science 2011
Mechanical Engineering / Science 2011
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011
Mechatronic Engineering / Science 2011
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Science 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Software Engineering / Science 2011
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Flexible First Year 2016+ / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Science literacy No 0%
Scientific problem-solving No 52%
Scientific investigation No 26%
Critical thinking No 8.75%
Information seeking No 7.75%
Teamwork No 3.75%
Knowledge dissemination No 0%
Information evaluation No 0%
Writing and speaking No 1.75%

These goals are selected from University Generic Graduate Attributes (Science) which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See University Generic Graduate Attributes (Science) 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.