Introduction to Chemistry - 2011

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2011: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - 5 Online Assignments (20%) , Invigilated Exam - 2 hour examination (60%) - Learn more

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2011 Fees
Domestic 980.00
Domestic continuing 895.00
International 1,205.00
International continuing 1,120.00

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This unit is intended for students who have not studied chemistry beyond Year 10, (third year West Australian secondary school) or equivalent, but have an interest in biological, environmental, veterinary, medical science or everyday applications of chemistry. This unit covers the atomic and molecular structure of matter, chemical symbols and equations, valency, states of matter, gas laws, simple reaction types, acids and bases, the mole concept, molarity, pH, titrations, chemical equilibrium, organic nomenclature and properties relating to organic functional groups. You will need to have access to a basic non-programmable scientific calculator.

This introductory unit caters for students who have not studied chemistry beyond Year 10 (third year West Australian secondary school) or equivalent. It provides a preparation for further studies in the physical, biological, environmental, veterinary and medical sciences and everyday applications of chemistry.

  • Assignment — 5 Online Assignments (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 2 hour examination (60%)
  • Mid Test 1 — Take Home Test (10%)
  • Mid Test 2 — Take Home Test (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

You should have some prior knowledge of chemistry at Year 10 level (third year in WA secondary schools) or equivalent and a reasonable grounding in basic mathematics.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Measurements and calculations
4Chemical foundations: elements, atoms and ions
6Chemical reactions
7Reactions in Aqueous solutions
8Chemical composition
9Chemical quantities
10Modern atomic theory
11Chemical bonding
13Liquids and solids
16Acids and bases
17Oxidation - reduction reactions and electrochemistry
18Organic chemistry

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links
  • Simulations

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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