CHEM150 - Concepts in Chemistry
CHEM150 is an 18-point course available in Summer School
This course is designed for students with limited chemistry backgrounds, and provides students with the necessary theory and practical skills to successfully continue into first-year chemistry courses such as CHEM 191. This course is also useful for students in other science disciplines who need to improve their chemistry knowledge. CHEM150 will count towards any degree which allows a science paper to be credited to it.
The course is six weeks long.
- The first four weeks will be taught, and assessed, entirely online (using Blackboard, the University of Otago’s Learning Management System). Topics include Stoichiometry, Equilibria, Thermochemistry, Redox, Acid-Base Chemistry and Main Group and Organic Chemistry. This section of the course does not require students to be on campus. Students will need reliable access to the Internet to access and complete this part of the course.
- The last two weeks comprise lectures/tutorials and laboratory classes that will run all day. Topics covered will include those listed above, but also aspects of experimental chemistry and an introduction to the techniques of the chemistry laboratory. This section of the course will require students to be on campus.
The full-time nature of the last two weeks of the course means that students will not be able to enrol for other Summer School papers if they are doing CHEM150.
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- Students who have achieved 14 credits of NCEA level 2 chemistry or more, or any credits of NCEA level 3 chemistry (or their equivalents) will need Head of Department approval to enrol in the course. Such students should complete this form and send it to the chemistry department for our consideration.
- CHEM150 cannot be taken if CHEM191 or CHEM111 has been passed previously.
|Online Assignments (4 x 2 hours, one per week)||40%|
|Laboratory Exit Tests (1 per laboratory)||20%|
|Final examination (2 hours)||40%|
Expectations at the completion of the course
• An understanding of the role that chemistry plays in a range of sciences.
• An understanding of the basic concepts of chemistry, including stoichiometry, equilibria and acid base chemistry, redox, energetics and organic reactivity.
• The development of basic practical laboratory skills.
• The development of a self-motivated approach to learning.
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Recommended: Foundations of College Chemistry 14th Edition, Hein and Arena, Wiley, 2012
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING ENROLMENT
If you are planning on enrolling for the Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) course, and wish to do the CHEM 150 paper before this, then when you enrol on e-Vision (the University online enrolment system) you will need to choose TWO PROGRAMMES of study.
You will need to apply for the HSFY course and also for the COP (Certificate of Proficiency) programme. Make sure you apply for the 2015 option and that you indicate that your starting semester will be Summer School.
Once you have applied for the programmes you can use Online Paper Selection (available through e:Vision) to add CHEM 150 to your course of study. The seven papers that you are required to take for Health Sciences First Year will automatically appear in Online Paper Selection, all you need to do is add CHEM 150 and submit the selection.
As NCEA results will not have been released by the time Summer School begins, you may need to provide further information to support your application for admission to the University.
You will be advised if this is the case once your application has been processed.
If you have any questions or need any help, please contact the University Information Centre.
Accommodation is NOT included in the course fee. If you require accommodation for the on campus component of this course please contact University College:
Chris Addington - Master
Ph: (03) 479-5580
Fax: (03) 479-5586