Chemistry 1A

Unit code: RCS1601 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
St Albans


Chemistry 1A provides studies in fundamental chemical principles and alongside Chemistry 1B, serves as a foundation for further studies in chemistry and other sciences. Content is delivered via the VU Block Model including online activities, instructor-led class discussions and theory put into practice with complementary laboratory exercises. Study topics comprise: units and measurements; classification and properties of matter; atomic structure; ionic and organic compounds; solutions; chemical equations; reactions and stoichiometry. 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.

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 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 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.

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 25%
Oral, poster or other
Assessment type: Laboratory Work
Grade: 30%
Reports and practical skills
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 45%
Three Tests (15%, 45 min each)

Required reading

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

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