Course Title: Concepts in chemistry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: CHEM5028

Course Title: Concepts in chemistry

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3305 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Christine Andrews T.9925 4287

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This module covers the skills and knowledge required to understand the major concepts in chemistry and their basic application.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20930 Concepts in chemistry


1. Explain atomic structure

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The particle view of matter is described

1.2 States of matter and their properties are explained with reference to particles

1.3 The arrangement of subatomic particles in an atom and their electrical charge are described

1.4 The mass and volume of atoms are explained in terms of their structure

1.5 The structure of isotopes and ions of atoms are explained


2.Explain how atoms combine

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The combination of atoms to make more stable formations are described
2.2 Different types of chemical bonding are explained
2.3 The concept of mole in chemistry is described
2.4 The mass in grams of one mole of selected compounds is calculated


3. Describe the Periodic table

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The purpose of the periodic table is explained
3.2 The organisation of the periodic table is explained
3.3 The relationship amongst elements in a group is described
3.4 The information contained in the table for each element is identified
3.5 The general features of metals, metalloids and non-metals are described


4. Describe chemical reactions

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The difference between chemical and physical changes are described
4.2 The main classes of chemical reactions are described
4.3 Balanced chemical equations are written for common reactions


5.Explain the reactiond between acids and bases

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The meaning of the terms acid and base are explained according to the Brønsted-Lowry theory
5.2 The properties of acids and bases are explained
5.3 The process of neutralisation is explained
5.4 The pH of substances is explained.


6. Explain solutions and solubility

Performance Criteria:

6.1 The characteristics of solutions, suspensions and other mixtures are explained
6.2 Solubility curves are interpreted
6.3 Solubility curves are constructed using experimental data
6.4 The molarity of solutions is calculated

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities


Group discussions/activities

Practical experiments

Teaching Schedule

week Starting 

18/07/13Matter/Changes in state/Mixtures/Suspensions/Solutions
215/07/13The structure of an atom /Prac Assessment 1 (10%)
322/07/13Electron configuration/Periodic Table
429/07/13Metallic bonding/ Ionic bonding/Prac Assessment 2 (10%)
Mid-term assessment (20%)/Mole chemistry
612/08/13 Covalent bonding Valencies/Naming molecules/ Solubility
719/08/13Chemical reactions/ Balancing chemical equations/
Prac Assessment 3(10%)
826/08/13Acids/bases salts (Prac) /Exam (50%)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course may include tests, worksheets, reports and assignments.

Assessment Tasks

• Mid-term Quiz- 20%
• Practical Reports- 30%
• Exam- 50%

A pass is required for Practical and Theory components 


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

The 50 hours allowed for this unit are allocated as follows

● Class theory -27 hours
● Practical Activities - 8 hours
● Research work / report completion-12 hours
● Theory Test - 3 hour

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