Chemistry 1a (1516.7)
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|Faculty Of Education, Science, Technology & Maths
|Academic Program Area - Science
|Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
This unit is co-taught with unit 6479 Chemistry 1A G.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate good laboratory practice when working with chemicals either individually or in cooperation with others;
2. Perform and set-up simple experiments that demonstrate their understanding of some of the important basic chemical principles; and
3. Predict the chemical behaviour of a variety of elements and compounds from their understanding of the structure and reactivity of matter.
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- Brown,Lemay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward, Langford, Sagatys, George Chemistry: The Central Science. Third Australian Edition, Pearson (ISBN 9781442554603).
An eText version of this book will be freely accessible to enrolled students via the unit's Moodle site. If you would like to purchase either as hard copy or eBook this can be done at the co-op book shop. Copies will also be available for temporary loan in the University of Canberra Library. This is a new text for this unit in 2017 so it is unlikely that second hand copies will be readily available.
- Chemistry 1A/Chemistry 1AG Laboratory and Tutorial Workbook, 2017 edition.
This workbook contains the material required for the laboratory and tutorial sessions throughout the semester, and will be available for purchase from the University of Canberra Co-op Bookshop. This workbook should be purchased prior to the first laboratory session in Week 1 as it will be required for the orientation session in Week 1. The electronic version is also available on the Chemistry 1A Moodle website.
- Monk and Munro (2010) Maths for Chemistry - A Chemist's toolkit of calculations, Second edition, Oxford University Press, New York, USA (ISBN 9780199541294).
This is a support textbook which you may find useful depending on your background in mathematics. This text is available for purchase through the Co-op bookshop and for temporary loan in the University of Canberra Library.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
If you are unable to complete the periodic assessment items (such as Module tests, laboratory and tutorial assessments), and have supporting documentation (e.g. medical certificate), you should contact the Senior Tutor and/or Unit Convener as soon as possible via email (Chem1A@canberra.edu.au).
Provision will be made for students who are unable to sit the practical skills assessment and produce appropriate medical certificates or other documentation. In the event a student misses the practical skills assessment due to illness or other exceptional circumstances, they must inform the Senior Tutor and/or Unit Convener in writing via email along with appropriate documentation, within 3 working days. If their request is approved students will be allowed to sit a deferred practical skills assessment at a later date (as chosen by the Unit Convener).
This unit has no mid semester or final exam and as such there will be no deferred exam option.
Special assessment requirements
Students must achieve an overall mark of 50 % or higher to pass this unit. The following criteria must also be satisfied to pass this unit:
1. Participation in laboratory and tutorial sessions is a compulsory condition of this unit. A student must participate in at least 75 % of both the laboratory and tutorial sessions in order to pass the unit.
2. Students must attempt all assessment items.
Supplementary assessment will only be offered to students who fail this unit in the final semester of their course with a final mark between 45 – 49 %, and have passed all other units in the teaching period.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
The contact hours for each student consist of 31 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials and 20 hours of laboratory work (including laboratory orientation), totalling 65 hours. The remaining 85 hours of workload should be distributed across preparation for lectures/tutorials/laboratories and module tests, and the submission of assessment items (e.g. Module tests are worth 6 % each and should therefore account for approximately 5 hours each of the remaining workload hours).
Participation in laboratory and tutorial sessions is a compulsory condition of this unit. A student must participate in at least 75 % of the laboratory and tutorial sessions in order to pass the unit. In the event that you cannot attend your assigned laboratory or tutorial session due to illness or unavoidable commitments and you wish to make up the session, consult the Current Session Availability List (available on Moodle) to determine if there is likely to be space available in your desired ‘makeup' session. However be aware that this does not guarantee a place in a particular session as limits do apply to each session. You will need to provide a medical or counsellor's certificate or a letter from your employer to be permitted to attend an alternate session.
Participation in all lectures is highly recommended and will enhance your understanding of the unit content and therefore the quality of your assessment responses. Lack of participation may result in your inability to satisfactorily pass assessment items.
In all cases of absence, sickness or personal problems the onus is on you to ensure that the Unit Convener is informed. The minimum participation requirements must be met in order to pass the unit (regardless of supporting documentation). In the event of prolonged illness you should consult with the Unit Convener as soon as possible. If you feel that any problems are interfering with your studies please let the Unit Convener know. We will do our best to help you get the most out of Chemistry 1A and University life in general. Furthermore, the University has extensive counselling services that are available free of charge to all students. These are found in the Medical and Counselling Centre (Building 1, Level B, phone: 6201 2351). The Centre offers help and advice in areas such as relaxation, financial and personal problems. Study Skills (located on Level B of the Library (Building 8), phone: 6201 2205) offers help, advice and extra courses on effective study skills and general course guidance.
Required IT skills
It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they have basic computer keyboard skills and access to a personal computer and the internet (to access online assessments and Moodle and regularly check university email accounts for important announcements relating to this unit). To access your university email account, follow the link from the University of Canberra homepage (http://www.canberra.edu.au/) to MyUC Portal. Login using your UC student username and password. Select ‘Study Tools from the top menu and then click on ‘Email'.
There are relatively minor costs associated with this unit in the provision of appropriate protective safety equipment (laboratory coat and safety glasses), which are mandatory for all chemical laboratory classes. Laboratory coats and safety glasses are typically available from stores such as UC Union Shop (located on campus in the Hub) and/or work wear stores (such as Bunnings or Officeworks)). Students also require the Chemistry 1A/Chemistry 1A G Laboratory and Tutorial Workbook which is available for purchase from the University of Canberra Co-op Bookshop (alternatively it can be printed directly from the Chemistry 1A Moodle website). This workbook contains the material required for the laboratory and tutorial sessions throughout the semester. A scientific calculator is also required in this unit. A scientific calculator is permitted in both the laboratory and tutorial written submissions, but a graphics programmable calculator is prohibited.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Not applicable to this unit.
Most information relevant to the unit will be posted on the Moodle website. Resources will be updated frequently throughout the semester.
Foundations of this unit
This unit involves research led education; there are active researchers delivering this unit who are able to engage students in deep and active learning and transmit to students their passion for the research they are carrying out.
Provision of information to the group
Announcements made at introductory sessions, through the Moodle Announcements Forum or the Moodle Discussion Forums, and laboratory classes are deemed to be made to the whole group. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the Unit's Moodle site (the Announcements forum messages are also emailed to student email). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly. The Moodle discussion forums will be checked by staff on a regular basis.
Unit Convener for this unit is Dr Karen Altamore (Room 6B14, Phone 6206 8525, Email: Karen.Altamore@canberra.edu.au). The convener will be running some of the laboratory and tutorial classes and will be available for consultation during these classes. To arrange a consultation at another time, please email Chem1A@canberra.edu.au to arrange an appointment. Casual, parttime demonstrators/tutors will also be involved in some laboratory and tutorial classes and will only be available for consultation during the actual laboratory and tutorial sessions.
Feedback on Student Performance
Students are able to monitor their performance in this unit by their responses to the laboratory questions, tutorial activities, the modular tests and clicker activities, as well as additional self assessment questions (available on Moodle and MasteringChemisty).
Student Resource Centre (SRC)
The Student Resource Centre (SRC) is a facility dedicated to enhancing the learning and university experience for students with particular emphasis on first year students. The SRC provides students with a place where they can study in a comfortable and welcoming environment. The centre provides areas for group and individual study, including the main lounge, group study rooms, a dedicated quiet study room, a general use computer lab, and tutorial rooms used for the PeerAssisted Learning Sessions (PALS). The SRC also has kitchen facilities (hot and cold water, sandwich presses, microwaves and a fridge). There are a number of learning resources available for student use, including a small textbook library and anatomical models for use in the anatomy PALS sessions. Location: Building 6, Level B East Wing.