This unit underpins studies in the biological sciences, including biochemistry and molecular biology.  Students will learn about basic chemistry properties, actions and reactions.  In particular, there will be emphasis on matter and energy, atomic theory and the periodic table, solutions and aqueous chemistry.  Students will have the opportunity to conduct basic experiments utilizing a range of chemical formulas, reactions and equations, gas laws and the state of matter, solutions and aqueous chemistry in science labs. In this unit students will learn about basic chemistry including the topics which follow: Matter and energy, measurement, chemical and physical bonding, reactions and equations, solutions and aqueous chemistry.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Define basic chemical principles and practices;  
  2. Apply the principles of atomic theory, the periodic table and the mole concept to solve basic chemical problems;  
  3. Demonstrate the skills required to prepare solutions and solve chemical problems as a member of a laboratory team; and  
  4. Explain the types of bonds (ionic and covalent) using the concept of Lewis structure.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Three (3) On line tutorial tests (5% each) 15%
Laboratory Work Ten (10) experiments and associated Laboratory Data Sheets 30%
Examination Final Exam (2 hours) 55%

Required reading

Chemistry for Today: General, Organic and Biochemistry 8th ed.
Seager, S. L. and Slabaugh, M. R., (2014)
Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning

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