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SLE133 - Chemistry in Our World

Unit details


2016 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Damien Callahan


Nil (Students who have successfully completed VCE Chemistry 3 and 4 or equivalent are normally advised to choose an elective in place of this unit).



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Trimester 1: 3 x 1 hour class per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week, 3 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.

Trimester 3: Burwood (Intensive): Taught in one intensive 6-week block at the Burwood (Melbourne) campus.  5 hours of classes per week, 2 hours of seminars per week, 3 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.


This introductory unit is intended for students with minimal chemistry background. You will learn about substances in the world around us. All substances are made of atoms, molecules, and ions; these substances change from one substance to another in chemical reactions. You will learn about chemical measurement and how to perform calculations related to the amount of substance. You will learn about simple concepts of how atoms are bonded together to form molecules, and ions, and how their bonding affects properties like intermolecular interactions, boiling points, ease of evaporation and the ability of substances to dissolve in water. You will apply these concepts of bonding, chemical change and measurement to the acidity and basicity of substances and the formation of buffers.

This unit can be taken as a stand-alone unit for students who need some awareness of chemistry to broaden their degree, or can be taken as a foundation for further studies in biochemistry, chemistry, and related areas like food and nutrition, forensic science, molecular biology and science education.

Students who have successfully completed previous chemistry studies might choose an elective in place of this unit.


Examination 40%, online quizzes 20%, laboratory exercises and reports 30%, seminar group work 10%.  To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve at least 50% in the laboratory component, in addition to the normal requirement of at least 50% overall for the unit.

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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