Course Title: Chemistry

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Krista Bayliss

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6070

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Course Coordinator Location: Level 4, B108

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Chemistry is the study of materials, their properties and structure. In this course, students investigate the major groups of organic compounds. They examine the factors that influence the reaction rates of chemical reactions, and how these can be applied to optimising chemical processes and systems.  Students investigate chemical equilibrium and the reversibility of reactions; acid-base equilibrium systems and their applications; the principles of oxidation and reduction reactions; the production of electricity from galvanic cells and fuel cells; and, the ways in which chemistry contributes to contemporary debate regarding current and future uses of local, regional and international resources. Throughout the course, collaborative experimental work allows students to progressively develop their science inquiry skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See Learning Outcomes.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply the rules of, and expectations for, academic study and assume responsibility for your own actions to work effectively as an individual and/or as a member of a group;
  2. Develop and express ideas through independent reading, the creation of images, and the collection and interpretation of data and information; 
  3. Communicate ideas with clarity, logic, and originality in both spoken and written English;
  4. Construct coherent arguments, narratives or justifications of issues, problems or technical processes when undertaking analytical, practical or creative tasks; and
  5. Use a range of contemporary digital and learning technologies, tools and methods common to the discipline.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate how to use the correct conventions, terminology and language when communicating information about Chemistry.
  2. Write balanced equations and apply these to qualitative and quantitative investigations of chemical reactions.
  3. Explain and apply key concepts relating to organic chemistry, thermochemistry, rates of reaction, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, redox reactions, galvanic cells and fuel cells.  
  4. Conduct experiments safely and analyse and interpret results and errors to formulate and justify conclusions.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course includes a blend of didactic, active, and collaborative learning activities designed to meet the needs of international students. The course encourages the process of inquiry, application and reflection through student centred learning and teaching activities including practical work in studio environments and laboratories . In doing so, there will be a focus on the development of critical and analytical thinking skills that promote problem solving, independent research skills and group work. Students will develop their technology skills through engagement in formative and summative assessments. The course will maximise the use of the learning management system by incorporating flipped and blended methodologies. This may be complemented by guest lectures, excursions and speakers with discipline specific work life expertise to further connect content to the professional world and generate opportunities for reflective practice.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available through RMIT’s learning management system,  Canvas. In addition to assessment details and a study schedule, you will also be provided with links to relevant course information, class activities and communication tools. 

Other learning resources are also available online through RMIT Library. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Academic and learning support is provided through Study Success at RMIT Training. The Foundation Studies home group program will also provide support, navigating university systems, advice on living and studying in Melbourne as well as explaining RMIT university policy and procedures.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

 Assessment Type Assessment Description  Weighting 
Laboratory Portfolio

Laboratory Exercises and Reports. Five to be completed.

100 minutes duration under class supervision. Students work in a group of up to 3 students to perform each laboratory exercise. Individual Reports submitted by e-submission.  Held in weeks 5, 7, 9, 12, 15.

Multiple Choice and Short Answer Tests (x2)

Two 50-minute tests during the term, in weeks 8 and 14.
 Poster Presentation

This assessment requires students to research and prepare an individual poster. The poster will explain in detail the application of Chemistry principles in a particular modern-day context. A range of contexts will be provided for students to choose from.

The poster will comprise 600 - 800 words, including up to five diagrams or tables of data, and include:

  • analysis of the basic Chemistry principles being applied
  • analysis of the context in which the Chemistry principles are being applied
  • demonstration of the link between the Chemistry principles and the context being studied
  • discussion of the technological implications associated with the application of Chemistry in the particular context, with an emphasis on recent innovations, new technologies and ethical considerations where relevant.

The product will be assessed according to a rubric provided and explained at the commencement of the assessment task.

Assessment Task introduced: Week 12. To be submitted: Week 16.

 Examination An examination of 120 minutes plus 15 minutes reading time. Formula sheets and calculators will be allowed. Held in week 18 – exam week under exam conditions, the exam will cover work studied in weeks 1 to 17. 30%