LEARNING AND TEACHING STRATEGY
This unit will comprise 2 lectures (or equivalent) per week. Five sets of Practical sessions (3 hours) and tutorials (2 hours) are scheduled on alternate weeks, starting in Week 2. There will be no Practical/Tutorial classes in Week 6 and in Week 13.
- We are providing eText access and other textbook resources to all enrolled students via iLearn.
- The textbook resources provided will include adaptive learning strategies, using the Mastering Chemistry approach.
- Several assessment tasks will be directly on the textbook's site.
- Lectures will be delivered as scheduled via Zoom, with video recordings available through iLearn shortly after the lecture. Due to the interactive lecture format being followed, we strongly recommend that you attend the lectures.
- Additional learning materials (notes, animations, movies) and revision materials provide by the textbook publisher are also available through iLearn. Interactive learning will be adopted - so please bring your mobile phones, tablets or laptops to answer the spot quizzes!
- Labs are scheduled to alternate with tutorials. Lab/tutorial schedules with exact dates for each class will be posted on iLearn. Practicals (supervised by demonstrators) and tutorials are scheduled on alternate weeks and provide a group learning environment. There will be no Practical classes in Week 6 and in Week 13.
- Laboratory sessions are scheduled in the timetable. You will undertake experiments at the bench (wet-labs) in 14 Eastern Road (Building E8A) 130/150 - you must bring your own lab coat and wear covered shoes. Safety glasses and other personal protective equipment (if required) will be provided in the lab.
- Before commencing an experiment, you are required to complete the prelab quiz on iLearn. You should read each experiment carefully before coming to the lab. Short videos are available to demonstrate practical techniques and the correct use of equipment. Poor preparation may delay starting the experimental work and may affect your results.
- Practical demonstrators will explain procedures and assist you to get things working properly - they will not provide you answers.
- Students unable to attend laboratory classes due to illness or misadventure (as defined in the Handbook of Undergraduate Studies) should complete a “Disruption to studies” request on ask.mq.edu.au, as soon as possible, with details of the exact Practical class missed. Students will receive the average mark from the sessions that they did attend for the first approved absence. Additional approved absences will require completion of tasks provided by the Unit Coordinator. Unapproved absences will lead to a zero mark and may be liable for compulsory withdrawal from the unit. If the absence can be anticipated, e.g. religious observance days and pre-scheduled events, it is your responsibility to email the unit coordinator in advance of the absence, to rearrange your schedule if possible, as each laboratory session is offered over two weeks, in multiple sessions.
- Some practical work may be undertaken before the corresponding theory material has been covered in lectures. The prac materials have been written with this in mind and you should read the relevant lectures PDFs and the textbook to prepare for the lab.
- Lab Report Submission Dates: Reports are due on iLearn on the day of the practical. Once the report is submitted, you will have access to the iLearn practical quiz. Attending the Practical session but not submitting the prac report and completing the Practical Quiz will only count towards participation but result in a zero mark for the assessment. Penalties for late submission are provided in a separate section.
- Tutorial sessions are scheduled in the timetable and are held alternately with practicals, in a tutorial room. There will be no Tutorial classes in Week 6 and in Week 13.
- There may be some simple mathematical questions to solve biochemical problems.
- Tutorial quizzes need to be completed after your scheduled tutorial.
- Students unable to attend tutorial classes due to illness or misadventure (as defined in the Handbook of Undergraduate Studies) should complete a “Disruption to studies” request on ask.mq.edu.au, as soon as possible, with details of the exact Tutorial class missed. Students will receive the average mark from the sessions that they did attend, for a maximum of two missed sessions. Unapproved absences will lead to a zero mark. If the absence can be anticipated, e.g. religious observance days and pre-scheduled events, you may rearrange your schedule if possible, as each Tutorial session is offered over two weeks, in multiple sessions, provided the Tutor of the session you are attending permits.
- Please check www.timetables.mq.edu.au for the official timetable of the unit. Please note that some practical sessions in the Timetable may not be available, in order to optimise lab usage and technical staff/demonstrator time.
- Students may be moved to an equivalent set of practical and tutorial classes if sufficient places are available - pl. check eStudent for your scheduled practical/tutorial class.
- Some practical and tutorial classes listed in the timetable may not be scheduled due to low enrollments, in which case students may be offered places in available sessions based on their individual timetables.
Prescribed text: A strong correlation has been noticed between students who consult the recommended textbook and performance in this unit.
- eBook: from iLearn - including case studies and exercises.
A few copies of the prescribed text are available in the library.
- PDF viewer: You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view notes on all the lecture topics, assignment, tutorial materials and past questions on iLearn. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the Adobe website. Acrobat Reader has already been installed on the computers in the library.
- IT and internet: General use computers are provided by the University, but it would be advantageous to have your own computer and internet access. MS Word and Excel files will be used to complete the lab reports.
- E-mail: Please check your Macquarie University student email account regularly to get the latest information on the unit. If you do not use this account regularly, please set up automatic forwarding to your preferred email address on eStudent.
- Calculators: Hand-held calculators will be occasionally used in tutorials and practicals, for tests and in the final examination. Note that text-retrieval or programmable calculators and calculators on smart phones and watches are not permitted during the mid-year examination.