CHM173 - Chemistry

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Subject Title

Subject Description
An emerging technologist will require extensive knowledge in fundamental chemical concepts, and this course is the first semester of a two-semester general chemistry course. Students develop essential knowledge and problem solving skills in the chemistry of structure and reactivity, chemical equations, reactions, and calculations while discovering the equilibrium chemistry of acids and bases in the foundations of aqueous media. Students are introduced to laboratory exercises that involve the development of selected wet-lab techniques that aid in substance identification and substance quantification.

Credit Status
One credit towards the following programs:

  • Biotechnology – Advanced (BTA) Advanced Diploma
  • Chemical Engineering Technology (CHY) Advanced Diploma
  • Chemical Laboratory Technology – Pharmaceutical (CLP) Advanced Diploma
  • Chemical Laboratory Technician (CLT) Diploma

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

Learning Outcomes: Lecture
At the end of the subject lecture series, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the subatomic composition, electron configurations, and general properties of atoms, ions, and isotopes.
  • Draw and predict the types of bonds, shapes, and polarity in simple chemical compounds through the use of Lewis and VSPER bonding models.
  • Differentiate between the various types of chemical reactions, and solve chemical problems using the mole concept given a limiting reagent.
  • Describe the characteristics of aqueous solutions, and perform calculations (pH, concentration, limiting reagent) relevant to acids/bases and their mixtures (buffers, titrations) at a foundational level.
Learning Outcomes: Laboratory
At the end of the subject laboratory, learners will be able to:
  • Work safely, efficiently, accurately, and professionally in a laboratory setting by following Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) and Globally Harmonized System (GHS) training protocols.
  • Differentiate between various laboratory instruments used in a wet-chemistry lab (balances, simple glassware, pipettes, etc.) and provide selection criteria for use when asked to perform specific laboratory tasks.
  • Calibrate instruments to ensure accurate and precise measurement of mass, volume, temperature, and pH.
  • Prepare inorganic compounds, and perform qualitative tests for substance identification using standard synthesis and procedural protocols.
  • Perform quantitative and precise analysis tests using various titration protocols to determine solution concentrations, purities, and acid identities.

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.

    •  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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