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CHE1110 Chemistry 1

Semester 1, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Biological & Physical Sciences
Version produced : 24 April 2014

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Examiner: Mark Lynch
Moderator: Ursula Kennedy


This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of Chemistry. It is designed to provide basic knowledge and understanding for students who are training in disciplines that require the support of Chemistry or its applications.


Topics include atomic theory, formulae, valency, chemical equations, periodic table, chemical bonding and structure, chemical calculations, chemical reactions, thermodynamics, and, acids and bases. This course involves a compulsory Residential School for external students only.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the chemical and physical principles involved in the application of chemistry in the laboratory, in the community and in industry;
  2. demonstrate the basic knowledge of chemistry and associated calculations which are needed for higher level courses in related discipline areas;
  3. demonstrate manipulative skills associated with the effective and safe use of chemical substances, associated chemical laboratory apparatus and equipment;
  4. solve practical problems associated with the laboratory classes;
  5. demonstrate awareness of aspects associated with safe laboratory procedures and activities.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Calculations: SI units, significant figures, moles, composition, formulae, concentration. 22.50
2. Atomic and Molecular Structure: Electronic structure of the atom, shells, subshells, orbitals, electron configuration, Pauli exclusion principle, Hund's rule, The periodic table, electronegativity, stoichiometry, valency, oxidation states and formulae, Bonding;types, naming, structure, Lewis dot structure and VSEPR theory. 22.50
3. Chemical Thermodynamics: gases, liquids, solids, Gibbs free energy, enthalpy, entropy, heat capacity, reaction spontaneity. 10.00
4. Solution Chemistry: solubility, balancing and writing precipitation reactions, equilibria, solubility product. 10.00
5. Acid/Base Chemistry; balancing and writing acid/base reactions, weak and strong acids/bases, acid dissociation, base ionisation, pH (strong and weak acids/bases), buffers, pH indicators and titrations 25.00
6. Laboratory: The practical exercises are designed to illustrate many of the above items associated with the lectures, and develop manipulative skills and safe work practices. At the conclusion of the practicals the students will: understand the need for safety in the laboratory and safe work habits; be able to use appropriate laboratory techniques; have mastered some basic laboratory skills, as provided by the above laboratory experiments; have used some common laboratory equipment. 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Blackman, A, Bottle, SE, Schmid, S, Mocerino, M & Wille, U 2011, Chemistry, 2nd edn, Wiley PLUS, Wiley & Sons.
  • Chemistry 1 Practical Manual, USQ Publication, Toowoomba.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Aylward, GH and Findlay, T 2002, SI chemical data, 5th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Brisbane.
  • Ebbing, DD & Cammon, SD 2007, General chemistry & solution manual, 9th edn, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston.
    (ISB 04 708 075 39.)

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 3.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 24.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 90.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
1.5 HR MIDSEM RESTRICTED TEST 35 35 26 Feb 2013 (see note 1)
LABORATORY REPORTS 10 10 26 Feb 2013 (see note 2)
QUIZZES 20 20 26 Feb 2013 (see note 3)
1.5 HR RESTRICTED EXAM 35 35 End S1 (see note 4)

  1. Examiner will inform students of due date for Mid semester test.
  2. Examiner will inform students of due date for Laboratory reports.
  3. Examiner will inform students of due date for Quizzes.
  4. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. To maximize their chances of satisfying the objectives of the practical component of the course, students should attend and actively participate in the laboratory sessions in the course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course).

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination).; disassembled molecular model kits are permitted (instructions for the use of such kits are not permitted).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. In order to attend the Laboratory Classes, students must provide and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. This shall include a laboratory coat, closed in shoes, and safety glasses. Such equipment must be approved by supervising staff. Failure to provide and wear the appropriate safety equipment will result in students being excluded from classes.

  2. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require regular access to the Internet for this course.