Course Title: Chemistry Theory 3B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry Theory 3B

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

CHEM1068

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: James Tardio

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2127

Course Coordinator Email: james.tardio@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.21

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for an appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It is assumed that you 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 have completed equivalent courses or 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 aims to develop your advanced level critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills in industrial, 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 Minerals Processing Chemistry, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Heterocyclic Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry will be presented.  A detailed understanding of industrial chemistry, the organic chemistry of organosulphur, organophosphorus and heterocyclic componds, electrochemistry and surface chemistry is developed so as to provide you with the necessary skills to analyse complex chemical systems encountered in the professional practice of chemistry, either in industry or in a research environment.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On the  completion of this course you should be able to:

  • CLO 1 Demonstrate inorganic, organic and physical chemistry related specifically to industrial chemistry situations and more widely, to biological and environmental processes;
  • CLO 2 Apply knowledge of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry related specifically to industrial chemistry situations and more widely, to biological and environmental processes;
  • CLO 3 Solve problems using systematic approaches to inorganic, organic and physical chemistry related specifically to industrial chemistry situations and more widely, to biological and environmental processes;
  • CLO 4 Present problem solving strategies and worked solutions using conventional chemical and mathematical notation.


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP229 Bachelor of Science at AQF Level 7:

  • PLO-2   Scientific Knowledge
    • PLO-2.1 You will have broad knowledge in your chosen discipline, with deep knowledge in its core concepts
  • PLO-3   Inquiry and Problem Solving
    • PLO-3.1   You will be able to plan and carry out a research project under supervision, showing the development of some capacity for independent work

 

This course contributes the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH098 Bachelor of Science (Applied Chemistry)/Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Honours) at AQF Level 7:

  • PLO-2   Scientific Knowledge
    • PLO-2.1 Graduates have exhibited depth and breadth of chemistry knowledge by demonstrating a knowledge of, and applying the principles and concepts of chemistry
    • PLO-2.2 Graduates have also demonstrated depth of chemistry knowledge by recognising chemistry is abroad discipline that impacts on, and is influenced by, other scientific fields.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP247 Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)/Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences) at AQF Level 7:

  • PLO-1   Understanding Science
    • PLO-1.1 You will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and an ability to apply the scientific method in practice.
    • PLO-1.3 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of evidence in the continuous evolution of scientific knowledge.
  • PLO-5   Personal and professional responsibility
    • PLO-5.1   You will develop a capacity for independent and self-directed work.


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 your 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.


Overview of Learning Resources

Printed notes for all the sections will be available for purchase at the RMIT bookshop. Students will be able to access course information and additional learning materials through myStudies, via myRMIT (also known as Blackboard or the Learning Hub).  Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible internet sites will be provided.
 


Overview of Assessment

Note that: This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks
Inorganic, organic and physical chemistry are each allocated one third of the marks for this course.


Three assignments for Industrial Chemistry (minerals processing and catalysis) section of course

Weighting 33.4%
These assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Physical Chemistry section - 1 assignment, 1 mid semester test and 1 hour of end of semester exam
Weighting 33.3%
These assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Organic Chemistry section – 1 mid semester test and 1 hour of end of semester exam: End of semester test, in Inorganic Chemistry
Weighting 33.3%
These assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

During this course you will receive feedback from tests and assignments enabling you to evaluate your progress so that you can manage your learning. As you work through recommended problems from the recommended textbooks will also help you to manage your progress through the semester.