Course Title: Concepts in chemistry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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
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 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
4.2 The main classes of chemical reactions are described
4.3 Balanced chemical equations are written for common


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 
17/04/14Trends in Periodic Table/ Assignment (20%)
214/04/14Polar/non polar bonding/Intermolecular bonding
428/04/14 Suspensions/Solutions Solubility/Prac 1-Solubility of a salt (10%)
55/05/14 Mole chemistry /Calculating concentrations
612/05/14 Chemical reactions/ Balancing chemical equations
719/05/14Prac Assessment 2(10%)
826/05/14 Acid base theory /Prac 3-Determine pH prac(10%)
 92/06/14Identifying unknown chemicals/ Exam (50%)

The 50 hours allowed for this unit are allocated as follows

● Class theory -24 hours
● Practical Activities - 8 hours
● Research work / report completion-16 hours
● Theory Test - 2 hour

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

• Assignment- 20%
• Practical Reports- 30%
• Exam- 50%

A pass is required for Practical and Theory components 


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

•  Extension of time for submission of assessable work- A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available on the web ) at least the day before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special Consideration (form available on the Web). For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (eg medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.

• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected

• If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame. 

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