CHE251 - Fundamentals of Chemistry

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Subject Title
Fundamentals of Chemistry

Subject Description
Chemistry is central to the understanding of developments within industry that have led to interactions of soil, surface water, groundwater and the quality of ecosystems.  This subject provides the student with an understanding of the structure and behaviour of matter from a chemical perspective and focuses on chemistry as it applies to environmental systems.  Topics will include atomic structure and the periodic table, analytical chemistry and methodology, and, physical-chemical concepts.

Credit Status
One subject credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic model of the atom and its constituents.
  2. Recognize and identify the different types of compounds and bonding involved.
  3. Provide formulas and names of binary molecular compounds, ionic compounds, acids and bases.
  4. Identify the four basic types of chemical reactions and predict the outcome of each reaction type.
  5. Balance chemical equations and demonstrate an understanding of stoichiometric relationships in a reaction.
  6. Apply the concept of the mole.
  7. Predict solubility of ionic compounds.
  8. Utilize solution concentration units (e.g. molarity).
  9. Apply the ideal gas law in quantitative chemistry. 
  10. Apply the knowledge of chemistry to environmental science and engineering.
  11. Identify glassware and select the appropriate equipment required to conduct an experiment.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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