Course Title: Concepts in chemistry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

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



Practical Experiments

Group work

Research Assignment

Teaching Schedule



 Date week starting

Topic (Prac dates subject to change)
History of the atom
History of Periodic table Polar/non polar bonding/Intermolecular bonding
218/04/16 Suspensions/Solutions Solubility/Periodic Table Research Assignment (25%)
Tues class in computer room

ANZAC DAY (No class) Solubility of a salt Prac 1- (25%)


Mole chemistry /Calculating concentrations/prepare a dilution
59/05/16Chemical reactions/ Balancing chemical equations

Acid base theory /Determine pH Prac 2


Identifying unknown chemicals Prac 3  /Revision
830/05/16Exam (50%)


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

·        Periodic Table Assignment- 25%

·        Practical Report  (25% )

·        Exam- 50%


Student must pass the theory and practical assessment task to pass

the Learning unit.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilises graded assessment
CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (70 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (60 – 69%)
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded (50 – 59%)
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

Assessment information:
• All assessment types must be passed (exam, prac & assignment).  You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the test but fail the assignment component).
•APPLICATION FOR 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 online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51, or emailed to the Coordinator (
•Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.
•Students requiring extensions longer than 7 days must apply for Special Consideration (see the ‘Help me’ link in blackboard, via myRMIT studies or 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 online with supporting evidence (e.g. medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.
•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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