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The subject provides an introduction to stoichiometry; gases; energy and thermochemistry; chemical equilibrium; acid-base chemistry; properties of solutions, aspects of main group chemistry: structure and bonding in elements and compounds of groups 14-18; solutions and pH equilibria; physical properties of solution. intermolecular forces and extended solid state structures; structure and bonding of alkanes, alkenes and alkynes; benzene and its derivatives; functional groups; and spectroscopy and determination of structure.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Understand the role of chemistry in biology, technology and the physical environment and describe the evolution of current theories;
- Explain the structure and bonding of hydrocarbon and main group molecules, classify important functional groups and name organic compound classes and molecules;
- Explain the nature of gas and solid states including the structure of metals and ionic solids, basic energy concepts, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases;
- Demonstrate independent learning skills;
- Perform a range of measurement techniques; identify sources of uncertainty in the measurements and the magnitude of these uncertainties;
- Execute basic laboratory experiments; analyse and interpret experimental data and write laboratory reports;
- Understand health and safety issues associated with the safe handling and disposal of laboratory chemicals.
This subject encompasses particular generic skills so that on completion of this subject students should have developed skills relating to:
- the organization of work schedules that permit appropriate preparation time for tutorials, practical classes and examinations;
- the use of electronic forms of communication;
- the utilisation of computer-aided learning activities to enhance understanding;
- the performance of basic manipulations with laboratory equipment;
- the recording of observations, the analysis of information and the interpretation of data within a laboratory setting;
- accessing information from the library employing both electronic and traditional means.
- working collaboratively with other students;
- the use of conceptual models;
- problem solving; and
- critical thinking.
Last updated: 5 May 2021