- Information will also be sent by email to your student email account on a frequent basis. Please check your University email account daily.
- In addition to email communication, the CBMS617 iLearn site will be used to communicate important information to you. You are expected to access the unit web site regularly.
- Timetable: Please check https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2017 for the official timetable of the unit.
- Monday 10:00am - 11:00am 27 Wallys Walk (W6D) Lotus Theatre
- Tuesday 12:00pm - 1:00pm 27 Wallys Walk (W6D) Lotus Theatre
- Thursday 2:00pm - 3:00pm 21 Wallys Walk (W2.4A) Macquarie Theatre
Note that lecture recordings and video capture links (under echo) are available at the CBMS617 iLearn site. Lectures will be used to emphasise key points and concepts with relevant examples. Studying the material to be covered BEFORE coming to a lecture will strongly help you get the most out of the lectures.
These are compulsory, with one class every week, commencing from week 1. During tutorials, the problems assigned (available at the CBMS617 iLearn site) will be discussed. These problems closely resemble the types of problems in exams and are designed to help you gauge how much command you have on the materials covered. You MUST work on these problems on your own before the tutorial so as to fully take advantage of this exercise.
The practical classes for CBMS617 run from weeks 2-13 in E7B308 and E7B320. These are compulsory. Your eStudent timetable will list when you have your practical class - remember that there is four practicals in total, which means that you will have a practical class every 3rd week.
Required and Recommended texts and/or materials
Please check with the friendly staff in the Co-op bookshop for availability of the items listed below. The primary text, Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry by John McMurry, is available at the Co-op store on-campus. Do not forget that you can purchase most titles as e-books, which is a great way to lighten the load in your book bag. If you wish to review a title before making a purchasing decision, remember that the Macquarie University library has all the titles listed, although not always in the latest edition.
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry / John McMurry. Edition: 7th ed. ISBN: 1439049718; ISBN: 9781439049716
Chemistry : The Central Science / Theodore L. Brown, H. Eugene LeMay Jr., Bruce E. Bursten, Catherine J. Murphy, Patrick M. Woodward, Stephen J. Langford, Dalius S. Sagatys, Adrian V. George. Edition: 3rd ed. Identifier: ISBN: 9781442554603 (paperback)
Introductory Chemistry / Nivaldo J. Tro ; global edition contributions by Ho Yu Au-Yeung. Edition: 5th ed. Global edition. Identifier: ISBN: 9781292057811 (paperback)
- Supplementary Texts and Materials:
Study Guide with Solutions Manual for McMurry's Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry / Susan McMurry. Edition: 7th ed. Identifier: ISBN 9781439049723
Pushing Electrons : A Guide for Students of Organic Chemistry / Daniel P. Weeks. Edition: 4th ed. Identifier: ISBN 9781133951889
Molecular Modelling Kit (available from the Co-op bookshop)
CBMS107/617 Laboratory Manual notes (available at the CBMS107/617 iLearn site).
CBMS107/617 Lecture Notes (available at the CBMS107/617 iLearn site).
The web site for this unit is found at ilearn.mq.edu.au. Just login and follow the prompts to CBMS617. If you have any problems with iLearn log a ticket with OneHelp at onehelp.mq.edu.au. More information about OneHelp can be found at http://informatics.mq.edu.au/help.
You are expected to access the unit web site frequently. This contains important information including notes on ALL the topics to be covered; What You Need to Know Sheets; your marks for practicals, quizzes and the mid-session exam. Additionally, the web site will also be used to post important messages and links to internet facilities and sites of relevance to the course, downloadable software, and lots of other interesting material.
You will also be required to use an Online Web Learning (OWL) System for assessment tasks and practice problems. Further details regarding OWL are provided at the CBMS617 iLearn site.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
CBMS617 is a 3 credit point half year unit and will require an average of 10 hours of work per week (contact hours plus self study time). For students with weak chemistry backgrounds, more time than the 10 hours per week will probably be necessary to perform satisfactorily in this unit.
CBMS617 consists of 3 hours of lectures and a 1 hour tutorial every week and a 4 hour practical class every 3rd week. CBMS617 is designed to introduce you to the principles of the molecular sciences, including developing an understanding of the practical skills required to undertake simple chemistry experiments in an efficient and safe manner. The lecture material, tutorials and laboratories complement each other, and along with quizzes (in lectures, on-line and in practical classes), have been developed to increase your understanding of the topics so you can achieve the learning outcomes.
The unit expectation is that you will:
· Attend all lectures or when not possible listen to the recorded lectures
· Attend all tutorials and attempt the set exercises
· Demonstrate reasonable competence in all practical preparation exercises and attend each practical class
· Actively engage in the practical and coursework assessment tasks
· Spend an average of no less than 3 hours per week of private study in addition to class contact
If you prepare and attend all components of the unit and work consistently and continuously throughout the semester, you should be able to develop a strong understanding of the general chemistry and organic chemistry presented, and perform satisfactorily in this unit. A clear correlation has been seen between student attendance and satisfactory completion of this subject. Students who try to memorise just before exams typically do not do well in this unit. Instead a deeper understanding of the concepts is required.
· Lectures will be presented formally, although quizzes and general questions may be asked in class, demonstrations provided, and examples of problems worked through, to strengthen and increase understanding of the concepts. Most lecture material will be available at the unit web site, while other material will be provided in the lecture class. Based on observations of related units, we know that students fall behind and perform poorly if they do not attend the lecture classes. Furthermore, as further material is often provided in the lecture class, a student that does not attend the class will not be as well prepared as they would otherwise be. Learning is an active process, and as such, you must engage with the material.
· Tutorials will be run to assist your understanding of the course material. Attempting the questions before the tutorial class to identify what you need assistance on is highly recommended. The tutor will often ask for students to assist in answering the questions throughout the class. Attendance records will be kept. While tutorials do not contribute formally to your mark, anonymous teaching evaluations from past students have identified tutorials as a valuable learning tool.
· Practical classes are designed to develop basic laboratory skills, general safety practices and critical and analytical thought. Pre-practical questions are designed to make sure you are ready for the practical work and have grasped the relevant theory and safety practices necessary. In-lab and post-lab work are designed to allow you to appropriately record your experimental observations and your calculations in a detailed and accurate manner and assess your understanding of the theory behind the experiments conducted and to use this understanding to solve related problems. The practicals are scaffolded such that the expectations of pre-practical, in-practical and post-practical reports increase throughout the course as understanding of the concepts and skill in how to record the data and interpret results develops.