Course Title: Chemistry 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


TRN RMIT Training


Term2 2018,
Term2 2019,
Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term 1 2021,
Term2 2021

Course Coordinator: Team Leader

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3061

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Level 4, B108

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to the chemical knowledge and laboratory skills and procedures required for further study, leading to higher education programs in applied science, biomedical science and engineering. You will learn a combination of theoretical and practical (hands-on) science. You will explore the composition, structure and behaviour of matter and you will gain a strong foundation in quantifying atoms and compounds. Your learning will be supported by experimentation. You will develop the critical and analytical thinking and problem solving skills necessary to analyse and discuss different chemical phenomena. You will also gain valuable broader skills such as independent learning and teamwork.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See Learning Outcomes.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the arrangement of elements in the Periodic Table to explain the trends in properties of elements.
  2. Apply the mole concept to calculate various amounts of chemicals.
  3. Use models of structure and bonding to explain the chemical and physical properties of a range of chemicals.
  4. Write balanced equations and apply these to qualitative and quantitative investigations of chemical reactions.
  5. Identify the range of techniques available for chemical analyses and evaluate their suitability for a particular analysis of a substance under investigation.
  6. Analyse first and second hand experimental data for variability and error.

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  1. Explain and apply foundational knowledge in one or more academic disciplines.
  2. Employ academic English and communication skills appropriately in a range of academic contexts.
  3. Work independently and in groups to meet learning outcomes.
  4. Apply approaches to critical and analytical thinking and problem solving.

Overview of Learning Activities

The main learning activities for this course include a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. You will be required to actively participate in all aspects of learning including note taking during scheduled classes, responding to questions both verbally and in writing, working individually and in a group to complete worksheets and other activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will have access to important announcements, staff contact details, teaching schedules, assessment timelines and a variety of important learning materials.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment will include:

  • Task 1: Laboratory investigations 25%, CLO 4, CLO 5, CLO 6
  • Task 2: Quizzes 10%, CLO 1,CLO 2,CLO 3,CLO 4,CLO 5
  • Task 3: Data analysis 25%, CLO 6
  • Task 4: Examination 40%, CLO 1,CLO 2,CLO 3,CLO 4,CLO 5

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator of the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: