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Foundations in Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences 1
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- 24 Jul 2023
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Use the language and principles of chemical science to explore the composition and properties of matter and discuss how molecular sciences are important in our lives.
- Name and write (or describe) the chemical structures for representative inorganic and organic compounds, including peptides, carbohydrates and nucleic acids.
- Analyse the chemical structure of chemical compounds to predict their function, reactivity and physical properties.
- Calculate the physical quantities that characterize chemical composition, including solids and solutions, as well as chemical reactions.
- Demonstrate laboratory skills used for the preparation, separation and analysis of chemical compounds, including an understanding of general laboratory safety procedures.
- Record and analyse scientific data, as well as communicate conclusions using the basic elements of scientific report preparation.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
NCCW (pre-2020 units): CBMS107, CBMS103 NCCW (2020 and onwards): CHEM1001 Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 1
- Attendance requirements - Attendance is required for four days at the Macquarie University Campus in North Ryde (Sydney, NSW). The session dates will be confirmed.
- Other requirements -
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA subjects offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in subjects through OUA will be withdrawn.
Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 1 introduces students to the principles and practical aspects of the molecular sciences, from the smallest of chemical substances through to the molecules of life - the biomolecules. This subject does not assume prior knowledge of chemistry or biology and is ideal for any student that wants to understand the atomic and molecular world within and around them. It will commence with the language of chemistry by introducing atoms and molecules and elements and compounds and using representative inorganic and organic compounds, including biomolecules, to show how their structures, functions and reactions are described. It will build on this language to allow prediction of the reactivity, behaviour and function of different classes of compounds, with a focus on acids and bases and organic compounds including biomolecules. Contemporary applications will be highlighted to show the role of chemical and biomolecular sciences in our lives, now and in the future, including in helping to achieve a sustainable environment, understanding health and disease, and advancing new molecular technologies. Practical and tutorials at the 5 days of compulsory on campus sessions reinforce learning throughout this subject.
Lab report: Four practical classes worth 5% each. The pre-practical exercises, performance in the practical, the practical report, and the post-practical exercises will be used to calculate the final mark for each practical class. Please note that participation in the practical classes is a hurdle and that you must attend all four practical classes to pass CHEX1001. Participatory task: Required compulsory tutorial participation
- Mid Session Test (20%)
- Final Exam (40%)
- Weekly Quizzes (20%)
- Practical classes exercises (20%)
- Practical classes (0%)
- SGTA Contribution (0%)
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