SLE155 - Chemistry for the Professional Sciences

Unit details


2023 unit information

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




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Typical study commitment:

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

3 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week, 5 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - online:

Trimester 3 (Intensive): Online independent and collaborative learning including 33 x 1 hour online classes over approximately 8 teaching weeks (approximately 4 online contact hours per week); 10 x 1 hour online seminars and 5 x 3 hour practicals per trimester. 

Practicals 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, discuss and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of chemistry to determine and/or calculate solutions for simple problems at an introductory level using scientific language and conventions in written mode.

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


Work responsibly and safely in a chemistry laboratory and record the essential details of procedures undertaken key observations, results and conclusions of laboratory practical experiments at an introductory level and document them in a practical report.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO6: Self-management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Practical reports  Proforma practical reports 40% (5 x 8%) Prior to each practical session
Online quizzes  Ten weekly online quizzes 20% (10 x 2%) Weekly
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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