- Information will frequently be sent by email to your student email account. 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.
Please check https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2017 for the official timetable of the unit. Scheduled on-campus sessions:
- on-campus session (12-13 August 2017)
- on-campus session (22-24 September 2017)
- on-campus session (21-22 October 2017)
The on-campus sessions will consist of lectures, tutorials and practical classes. Please arrive each day at 8.50 am for commencement at 9 am. You will NOT be required to sign-on at the Centre for Open Education.
Attendance at on-campus sessions is compulsory. Repeat students may request an exemption from the practical classes, but it is at the discretion of the unit coordinator as to whether an exemption is granted.
Lecture slides and recordings (under Echo360 Active Learning Platform) from the internal first semester unit are available at the CBMS617 iLearn site. It is advisable to bring the printed lecture slides for the relevant sections to the on-campus sessions. Many of them will be used in the external lectures but not all. 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.
It is very important to prepare well and in advance for the on-campus sessions including the first one. Complete the set tutorial questions in advance of each on-campus session, as you will only benefit fully from the tutorials if you have prepared in advance. The tutorial 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.
Practical class details are available at the CBMS617 iLearn space. For safety reasons you will not be permitted to participate in laboratory sessions unless you are wearing a lab coat and sturdy shoes which cover your feet (enclose your toes). Please read the Laboratory Notes before you attend the laboratory session and complete the pre-laboratory tasks as required.
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)
Unit web 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, as it 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). Thus, in order to successfully complete this unit, students will need to work hard, consistently and continuously throughout the semester. 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 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 on-campus sessions
· Attend each practical class
· Listen to all the recorded lectures
· Attempt all the tutorial exercises
· Demonstrate reasonable competence in all practical exercises
· Actively engage in the practical and coursework assessment tasks
· Spend an average of no less than 10 hours per week of study on CBMS617
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. In our experience, there is a clear correlation between student engagement and satisfactory completion of first year subjects like CBMS617. While students that try to memorise just before exams typically do not do well, as a deeper understanding of the concepts is required.