Course Title: Concepts in chemistry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: CHEM5028

Course Title: Concepts in chemistry

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

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
2 17/04/17No classes- Holiday

ANZAC day (no class)/Suspensions/Solutions Solubility


IPeriodic Table Research Assignment (Computer room)(25%)Due-8/05/17

/Solubility of a salt Prac 1- (25%) Due-9/05/17

4 8/05/17Mole chemistry /Calculating concentrations
5 15/05/17Chemical reactions/ Balancing chemical equations

Prepare a dilution activity, Acid base theory /Determine pH Prac 2

 Revision /Identifying unknown chemicals Prac 3  
8 5/06/17Exam (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 Research Assignment- 25%

·        Practical Report  - 25%

·        Exam- 50%


Student must pass both the theory and practical assessment tasks to pass

this course.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information


• This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilise graded assessment
CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (70 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (60 – 69%)
CAG Competency Achieved (50 – 59%)
NYC Not Yet Competent- graded (0 – 49%)
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

• To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (exams, pracs, and assignments etc.) For example, if there are two exams you need to have an average of 50% to pass and you also need to have passed the other assessment types. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the exams but fail the prac component).

• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

• 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. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

• 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 prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination


  • A minimum of 80% attendance at practical classes is required to pass this course. If you are sick you should submit a medical certificate to 6th floor office addressed to the Program Coordinator. If you miss a practical class that is a prac report write up you need to provide a medical certificate (or other evidence) and arrange an alternative report with your teacher

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