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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 x 1 hour class per week, 2 x 1 hour seminar per week, 3 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.


SLE133 is a foundation unit designed to develop and consolidate student understandings and skills in basic chemistry. The learning and assessment activities provide students with the opportunity to study atoms, molecules, and ions, how they change during a chemical reaction and how bonding affects properties like intermolecular interactions, boiling points, ease of evaporation and the ability of substances to dissolve in water. Students will engage in laboratory work in order to develop their hands on skills in chemical safety and measurement and their ability to perform calculations related to substance measurement. Students will then apply these concepts of bonding, chemical change and measurement to determine 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, molecular biology and science education.


Learning reflection 10%, 3 x practical reports (10% each) 30%, 10 x online quiz (2% each) 20%, examination 40%. To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve at least 50% in the practical component.

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