SLE133 - Chemistry in Our World


2022 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value: 0.125




Incompatible with:

SLE131 and SLE150

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

Trimester 1: 3 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week, 1 x 2 hour practical per trimester, 4 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.


Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Trimester 2:  Online independent and collaborative learning including 3 x 1 online hour class per week, 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week, 1 x 2 hour practical per trimester, 4 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.

Practicals will be held on campus at Burwood (Melbourne) and Waurn Ponds (Geelong) on the scheduled days during intensive week (typically week 11).


Students in S323 with a background of high achievement in VCE Chemistry 3 and 4 (or equivalent) may choose to replace SLE133 Chemistry in Our World with an elective unit. 


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.

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.

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