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Chemistry 1B continues on from Chemistry 1A and provides further studies in fundamental chemical principles to give students a solid chemical foundation for further studies in chemistry and other sciences. Content is delivered via a blended learning model including online activities and content, instructor-led class discussions and theory put into practice with complementary laboratory exercises. Study topics comprise: matter including organic, biological, coordination, radioactive and acidic and basic compounds; reactions including energy, rates and equilibrium; including titrimetric, pH and light absorption. For students interested in teaching chemistry taking the four unit sequence Chemistry 1A, Chemistry 1B, Analytical Methods 1 and Organic Synthesis adequately prepares students to deliver units 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the VCE chemistry curriculum.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
RCS1602

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Contextualise the underlying fundamental principles on which the chemistry discipline is based so as to build a foundation of knowledge from which to pursue further studies in chemistry and related sciences roles;  
  2. Apply the fundamental principles and skills of chemistry to their chosen discipline;  
  3. Solve structured predictable problems relating to the chemical nature of matter and its measurement;  
  4. Apply analytical methodology in collaborative settings to analyse various chemical samples including assessing the quality of the results and reporting and discussing the results so as to build professional capabilities in the experimental aspects of chemistry and chemistry communication;  
  5. Work effectively, ethically and safely in an individual or team context in a laboratory setting.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Laboratory Work Reports and practical skills 40%
Test Three (3) Multiple Choice (15% each) 45%
Presentation Oral, poster or other 15%

Required reading

Chemistry for Today: General, Organic and Biochemistry 9th ed.
Seager, S.L., Slabaugh, M.R. and Hansen, M.S., (2018)
Cengage Learning, Boston, MA, USA

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