Course Title: Chemistry

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Judi McCann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8366

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will learn about the composition, structure and behaviour of matter and chemical compounds. This course will also provide you with the fundamental skills and knowledge to work safely and appropriately in the chemistry laboratory to perform a range of routine tests. You will develop analytical skills to evaluate experimental results. This course will provide you with a foundation for further learning in courses such Biochemical Principles.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for AD012 Associate Degree in Applied Science:
1. Knowledge Capability: develop an understanding of appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied scientific knowledge with the ability to use and apply that knowledge in a wide range of situations, including new situations within the professional discipline.
2. Technical Capability: the selection and use of appropriate laboratory and other materials and equipment and the ability to employ them in a safe and responsible manner to achieve the desired outcome. This will include the ability to follow standard operating procedures.
3. Problem Solving: apply scientific principles and methods to identify and solve problems associated with a particular area of professional expertise.
5. Teamwork: contribute in a constructive manner to group and team activities and decision making processes

 On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. work safely in a chemistry laboratory
2. follow instructions & standard operating procedures
3. perform a range of routine chemistry laboratory techniques such as pipetting, spectrophotometry, titration and accurate preparation of standard solutions and buffers
4. understand & apply the fundamentals of Chemistry Theory
5. accurately record laboratory results & interpret them.

Overview of Learning Activities

• Face to face teaching to obtain an understanding of fundamentals of Chemistry.
• Laboratory work to give to you the skills in a range of instrument handling and routine laboratory techniques. It is also designed to build skills in critical analysis where you will be interpreting results based on your knowledge and technical capabilities.
• Videos, simulation, and laboratory sessions: to understand the key concepts of Chemistry and its practical applications, and how to apply theory to practice. You are encouraged to watch videos on special topics available in the Carlton Library. The lab work/simulations allow you to develop skills in understanding principles and critical analysis.
• Working in groups to develop teamwork skills and to create a supported learning environment
• Use of Blackboard management system to access learning resources

Overview of Learning Resources

You will use the current laboratory manual for each practical class.
You will need to access Blackboard on a weekly basis to prepare for theory and practical classes.
You will also need to read sections of the recommended textbook and may be referred to other resources available in the Library, such as videos and the subject learning guide.

Recommended text book: Bettelheim, Brown, Campbell, Farrell and Torres (2015)
Introduction to General, Organic & Biochemistry, 11th Edition. Cengage Learning, Australia

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks



Early Assessment Task:  online quiz 
Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports CLOs 4

Assessment Task 2: Theory tests (two)
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs  4

Assessment 3: Group work quizzes (three)
Weighting 15% 
This assessment supports CLOs 4

Assessment 4: Logbook
Weighting 20% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 2,3 & 5

Assessment 5: Practical test
Weighting  10% plus Satisfactory completion
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2,3 & 5