Chemistry (T)

Chemistry forms a solid foundation for those students wanting to undertake further study in the fields of Science, Engineering or Health Sciences. The course is structured to give students every opportunity to gain laboratory skills necessary for continued study of Chemistry.  Emphasis is placed on the skills of data analysis and formal scientific reporting.  The course also covers strategies necessary for dealing with quantitative chemical concepts.

 

Units Studied

Chemical Fundamentals (Prerequisites – nil)

Students use models of atomic structure and bonding to explain the macroscopic properties of materials and to predict the products and explain the energy changes associated with chemical reactions.

 

Molecules (Prerequisite – Chemical Fundamentals)

Students continue to develop their understanding of bonding models and the relationship between structure, properties and reactions, including consideration of the factors that affect the rate of chemical reactions.

 

Equilibrium and Redox Reactions (Prerequisites – Molecules)

Students investigate models of equilibrium in chemical systems; apply these models in the context of acids and bases and redox reactions, including electrochemical cells; and explain and predict how a range of factors affect these systems

 

Structure, Synthesis and Design. (Prerequisites – Equilibrium and Redox Reactions)

Students use models of molecular structure, chemical reactions and energy changes to explain and apply synthesis processes, particularly with consideration of organic synthesis; and they consider current and future applications of chemical design principles.

Assessment Requirements

  • Research Task (2500 words) – 25%
  • Term Test (60 mins) – 25%
  • Practical Task and Formal Report (2000 words) – 25%
  • Final Exam (90 mins) – 25%

Pathways

Chemistry offers a wide range of experiences and acts as a gateway course to a variety of Science disciplines in the Tertiary study area.   These include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical and Applied Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Management
  • Human and Animal Physiology
  • Medicine and Pharmaceuticals.

Contact the Science Coordinator

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