SLE155 - Chemistry for the Professional Sciences

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Angela Ziebell
Trimester 3: Angela Ziebell




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

3 x 1 hour lectures per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week, 5 x 3 hour practical experience (laboratory) per trimester.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Trimester 3 (Intensive): Online independent and collaborative learning including 33 x 1 hour online lectures over approximately 8 teaching weeks (3-5 online contact hours per week); 11 x 1 hour online seminars and 5 x 3 hour practical experience (laboratory) per trimester.

Practical experience (laboratory) will be held on campus at Burwood (Melbourne) and Waurn Ponds (Geelong) on the scheduled days during the intensive week (typically week 5).


SLE155 builds on the student’s previous chemistry knowledge about atoms, molecules, properties, reactions, measurement and acidity. Students will extend their knowledge to more advanced chemical naming, structures, and bonding. They will be introduced to additional topics such as, chemical equilibria, solution chemistry, simple organic compounds and chirality.

This unit will lead to further studies in biochemistry, chemistry, and related areas like food and nutrition, molecular biology and science education. This unit can also be taken as an elective unit for students who want a broader knowledge of chemistry to enhance their degree.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Explain a range of chemical concepts and phenomena by using scientific language, conventions, and notation.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Identify and apply chemical concepts (individually or in combination) to calculate and determine solutions to simple chemical problems.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate an understanding of working responsibly and safely in a chemical laboratory following safety guidelines and procedures.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO6: Self-management


Identify and accurately record the key observations and results of laboratory experiments, and link these to relevant chemical concepts to draw appropriate conclusions, including working in a team environment to do so collaboratively.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management
GLO7: Teamwork


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1
Practical reports
Pre-lab quizzes
Proforma practical reports

35% (5 x 0.5%, 5 x 6.5%) (Quizzes, Reports)

Quiz due prior to each lab
Report due after each lab

Assessment 2
Online quizzes
Ten weekly online quizzes 20% (10 x 2%) Weekly
Assessment 3
One assignment completed online 5% Week 9
End-of-Unit Assessment Timed online test 40% End-of-Unit Assessment Period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve at least 50% in the practical component, in addition to the normal requirement of at least 50% overall for the unit.

Learning Resource

Prescribed text(s): A.Blackman, D.Southam, G.Lawrie, N.Williamson, C.Thompson, A.Bridgeman, Chemistry: Core Concepts, 2nd Edition, 2018, Wiley.

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SLE155 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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