Course Title: Chemistry Theory 3A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry Theory 3A

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

CHEM1067

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

CHEM1067

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Mr. Trevor Rook

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3361

Course Coordinator Email: trevor.rook@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.23 (City; Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri)

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have a background in intermediate-level theoretical and practical chemistry and have completed at least 24 credit points of year 2 level study.  Recommended prerequisite courses are CHEM1039 Chemistry Theory 2A and CHEM1040 Chemistry Theory 2B.  Alternatively, you should completed equivalent courses or be able to provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.


Course Description

This course focuses on developing your understanding of several selected chemical topics relevant to the chemical sciences; it is content rich, but incorporates a problem-based approach as applied to real life examples.

The course will develop your advanced level critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry – the skills that professional scientists will require during their career in solving structural, energetic and kinetic problems associated with chemical, physical, metallurgical or biological processes. It builds on your basic chemistry knowledge developed in prior years.

Lectures in Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry will be presented. A detailed understanding of Transition Metal Spectra and Reaction Mechanisms, Organic Synthesis, Kinetics and Molecular Spectroscopy is developed so as to provide you with the necessary skills to analyse complex chemical systems encountered in the professional practice of chemistry.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to School of Applied Science Program Learning Outcomes at AQF Level 7:

  • PLO-2   Scientific Knowledge
  • PLO-3   Inquiry and Problem Solving

 


On the successful completion of this course you will be able to

 CLO-1 Demonstrate ability to draw on a sound knowledge

base in order to develop a systematic approach to solving inorganic, organic and physical chemistry problems related specifically to industrial chemistry situations and more widely, to biological and environmental processes;

 CLO-2 Demonstrate ability to present problem solving strategies

and worked solutions using conventional chemical and mathematical notation. 

 


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
  • completion of tutorial questions designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
  • completion of written assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
  • private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

On the basis of classroom revision and problem solving sessions, you will have the opportunity to articulate your understanding and be guided by examples of clear thinking, logical argument and communication as a means to developing such capabilities

Total Study Hours

You should attend 54 hours of lectures/tutorials and spend 66 hours in independent study.

 

On the basis of classroom revision and problem solving sessions, you will have the opportunity to articulate your understanding and be guided by examples of clear thinking, logical argument and communication as a means to developing such capabilities. 
 


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and all learning materials (lecture notes, revision sheets, etc.) through myRMIT Studies (also known as Blackboard).

The library Chemistry guide (http://rmit.libguides.com/chemistry) will introduce you to the chemistry information resources available to staff and students at RMIT University.

 


Overview of Assessment

Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks

The assessment in this course is comprised of two tests, six assignments and an end-of-semester exam.

 

  1. Early Assessment Task 1: Mid-semester test, on Molecular Spectroscopy

Weighting 16.7%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

 

  1. Assessment Task 2: Assignments throughout the semester, for

Organic Chemistry

Weighting 12%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

  1. Assessment Task 3: End of semester test, in Inorganic Chemistry

Weighting 33.3%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 4: End of semester exam, on Kinetics and  Mechanisms of Reactions and Organic Chemistry

Weighting 38%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 2

 

During this course you will have a number of forms of feedback which will allow you to assess the progress of your learning:

• there are recommended problems from the recommended textbooks;

• the early assessment task, which will give you feedback on your progress to date;

• the Organic assignments, which will give you feedback on your progress through the semester;

• there are problems sets in the lecture notes for all topics, with answers on Blackboard allowing you to monitor your own progress