Course Title: Examine concepts in chemistry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: CHEM5030

Course Title: Examine concepts in chemistry

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

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3399 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

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 unit describes the skills and knowledge to examine the major concepts in chemistry such as atomic structure, chemical reactions and solution chemistry and their basic application.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU22069 Examine concepts in chemistry


1. Explain atomic structure

Performance Criteria:


Describe the particle theory view of matter


Explain states of matter and their properties with reference to particles


Describe the arrangement of subatomic particles in an atom and their electrical charge


Explain the mass and volume of atoms in terms of their structure


Explain the structure of isotopes and ions of atoms


2. Explain how atoms combine

Performance Criteria:


Describe the combination of atoms to make more stable formations


Explain different types of chemical bonding


Describe the concept of mole in chemistry


Calculate the mass in grams of one mole of selected compounds


3. Describe the periodic table

Performance Criteria:


Explain the purpose of the periodic table


Explain the structure of the periodic table


Describe the relationship between elements in a group


Identify the information contained in the table for each element


Describe the general features of metals, metalloids and non-metals


4. Describe chemical reactions

Performance Criteria:


Describe the difference between chemical and physical changes


Describe the main classes of chemical reactions


Write balanced chemical equation for common reactions


5. Explain the reactions between acids and bases

Performance Criteria:


Explain the meaning of the terms acid and base according to the Brønsted-Lowry theory


Explain the properties of acids and bases


Explain the process of neutralisation


Explain the pH of substances.


6. Explain solutions and solubility

Performance Criteria:


Explain the characteristics of solutions, suspensions and other mixtures


Interpret solubility curves


Construct solubility curves using experimental data


Calculate the molarity of solutions

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities


Theory classes

Practical experiments

Group work

Research assignment

Teaching Schedule



Date week starting 


(Prac dates subject to change)



History of the atom, History and Trends in  Periodic table

 /Polar and non-polar bonding



Intermolecular bonding and Isotopes

 / Suspensions/Solutions Solubility




Periodic Table Research Assignment (25%) (Computer room- TBA) Due-30/9/19 

Solubility of a salt Prac 1- (25%) Due-1/10/19




 Mole chemistry /Calculating concentrations/ Intermolecular bonding

Prepare a dilution




 Chemical reactions/ Balancing chemical equations      




Acid base theory /Prac2 (Determine pH prac )




 Revision/ Prac 3 Identifying unknown chemicals





 Exam (50%)                               








Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course may include tests, worksheets, laboratory 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 form should be emailed to Program Coordinator ( 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 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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