During the semester, the CHEM1001 iLearn site will be used to communicate important information to you. In addition, email will be sent to your student email account. Please check your messages frequently.
We cannot overstate the importance of regularly checking your email and the CHEM1001 iLearn site.
See https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2021 for class times and locations.
- Lectures: Lectures will be held via Zoom. Links can be found on the iLearn site. Lecture material will be pre-recorded and made available as videos PRIOR to the lecture time.
- Tutorials: Tutorials will be help on-campus, with some online classes for those students with a valid reason for not being able to attend in person. During tutorials, we will use Mastering Chemistry, the web-based learning system that accompanies the textbook (Chemistry: The Central Science). The problems assigned for that week’s tutorial will be undertaken during the class. For that reason, you must bring a device that can be used to give you access to the Mastering Chemistry site.
- Practicals: The practical classes for CHEM1001 are run in 14SCO 320 and 14SCO 308 (note that these rooms are connected).
It is very important that you understand that you will not be allowed to attend the laboratory if you do not have a laboratory coat (“lab coat”) and enclosed, study footwear (e.g. ugg boots are not acceptable). For hygiene reasons the Department does not provide lab coats or footwear.
Safety glasses and disposable gloves are supplied.
You are required to undertake prelaboratory exercises (prelabs) before coming to the session, to help you prepare for the lab. During the lab you will be assessed on general behaviour and competence, as well as the quality of your results. You are to submit a report (“lab report”) that summaries the outcomes of your investigation. There are post-laboratory exercises to be completed within a week of the lab session (“post-labs”).
Teaching and Learning Strategy
CHEM1001 is a 10 credit-point, half-year unit and will require, on average, 10 hours study per week (contact hours plus self-study time).
CHEM1001 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 materials, tutorials and practical classes complement each other, and along with quizzes, have been developed to increase your understanding of the topics so that you can achieve the learning outcomes.
The unit expectation is that you will:
- Watch the pre-recorded lecture videos and attend all lectures.
- Actively engage in the tutorial classes and attempt the set exercises.
- Demonstrate competence in all practical exercises.
- Spend an average of no less than 3 hours per week of private study in addition to class contact.
If you prepare, study and attend all components of the unit and work consistently and continuously throughout the session, you should be able to develop a strong understanding of the general and organic chemistry presented, and perform well in this unit and develop a deep understanding of the concepts covered. Students who fail to do this and try to cram just before the exam will not do well in this unit.
- Lectures: You are required to view and take notes on set of lecture videos allocated to that session (or week). At the Zoom meeting the lecturers will spend time explaining key concepts and demonstrating how to perform important methods (calculations, interpretations, drawing representations, etc). You are expected to bring your questions to the class. There may also be non-assessed quizzes for you to use to check on your understanding of the material. Most lecture material will be available at the unit iLearn site, while other material will be provided in the lectures. Based on observations of related units, we emphasize that coming to lectures and/or keeping up to date with lecture videos is essential to prevent falling behind and performing poorly. Learning is an active process, and as such, you must engage with the material. Reviewing lecture notes and relevant sections of the textbook (and beyond) before and after lectures is strongly recommended.
- Tutorial classes are run to assist your understanding of the course material. Experience has demonstrated that there is a strong correlation between participation in all activities, including the tutorial classes, and success in the unit and. During tutorials, we will use Mastering Chemistry, the web-based learning system that accompanies the textbook (Chemistry: The Central Science). The problems assigned for that week’s tutorial will be undertaken during the class. This will give you an opportunity to seek help on areas you are having difficulty with. A minimum grade must be achieved to be seen to have reached competency in the topic covered by the tutorial. If this is not achieved, further questions will be automatically assigned by Mastering Chemistry, using a technique called Adaptive Learning.
- Practical classes are designed to develop basic laboratory skills, general safety practices, as well as 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 necessary safety practices. In-lab work is designed to teach you to appropriately record your experimental observations and to present your calculations in a detailed manner. Post-lab exercises are designed to assess your understanding of the theory behind the experiments conducted.
- Chemistry: The Central Science, 3rd Edition, By Theodore L. Brown, H. Eugene LeMay, Bruce E. Bursten, Catherine Murphy, Patrick Woodward, Steven Langford, Dalius Sagatys, Adrian George (https://www.pearson.com.au/9781442554603)
- N.B. Mastering Chemistry is strongly aligned to this textbook. The Department has bought you your license for Mastering Chemistry, but not the text book itself.
Other Recommended Texts:
- Highly Recommended: Pushing electrons: a guide for students of organic chemistry by Daniel P. Weeks, Fourth Edition, 2014, Brooks/Cole,C engage Learning. (https://au.cengage.com/c/isbn/9781133951889/) (QD476 .W38 2014)
- Openstax Chemistry 2e (free) Download or view at no cost at https://openstax.org/details/books/chemistry-2e
- Fundamentals of organic chemistry by John McMurry. 7th ed., Belmont, CA:Brooks/Cole,C 2011 (QD251.2.M4 2011)
- Introductory Chemistry by Nivaldo J. Tro, Fifth Edition (Pearson New International Edition), 2015, Pearson Education (QD33.2 .T76 2015)
Other general and organic chemistry textbooks are useful substitutes.