Course Outline

UCC104 Chemistry - Enabling your Future

Course Coordinator:Judith Warmerdam ( School:School of Education and Tertiary Access

2022Semester 2

USC Sunshine Coast

USC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


The purpose of this course is to ensure you are familiar with the core understandings in chemistry, ways of thinking and core competencies required to study science. This course is designed to develop your engagement and fascination with science. You will be introduced to chemical concepts, and how science works. You will acquire knowledge in the foundational principles of chemistry which will support your study in undergraduate chemistry and biology.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – You are required to engage and interact with pre-recorded learning materials accessed through Canvas. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – You will develop your understanding by engaging with on-campus activities which make application of the learning materials. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Independent Study/Research – In addition to engaging with pre-recorded learning materials and on-campus activities, you are required to undertake independent study. This includes workbook reading and problem solving, preparing for and completing formative and summative assessment tasks, etc. You may also be invited/ required to attend occasional campus seminars. 7.5hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Matter and the structure of the atom

The periodic table and electron configuration

Ionic and covalent bonding with an introduction to organic chemistry

Electronegativity, bond and molecule polarity, intermolecular forces

Chemical reactions and the Mole

Scientific notation and measurements

Concentrations, water, acids and bases. 

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Demonstrate theoretical knowledge of the atomic structure of matter in the world around us. Empowered
2 Extrapolate information from the periodic table to understand interactions and chemical bonding. Knowledgeable
3 Explain chemical terms and concepts using scientific language. Knowledgeable
4 Apply the law of mass conservation to balancing chemical equations. Empowered
5 Demonstrate mathematical knowledge, conceptual understanding and scientific reasoning skills with chemical calculations. Knowledgeable

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Must be enrolled in Program UC103, ED010 or ED011


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

You will receive immediate weekly feedback from the formative quizzes which can be used as practice. 
Feedback will also be provided individually for the graded quiz short answer questions. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 0%
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Quiz/zes Individual 10%
1 hour
Week 3 Online Test (Quiz)
All 3 Artefact - Technical and Scientific, and Written Piece Individual 45%
1000 words
Refer to Format Online Submission
All 4 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 45%
2 hours
Exam Period Online Test (Quiz)
All - Assessment Task 1:Science Quizzes
These quizzes ensure that you are mastering the scientific concepts, skills and applications covered in the weekly tutorials. The purpose of this exercise is to develop these foundational skills that will enhance your ability to make sense of and interpret scientific data and use appropriate terminology.
Product: Quiz/zes
The quizzes form part of each lesson's learning materials. Quizzes are multiple choice or entering a short answer to the question. The quizzes are marked automatically and provide immediate feedback.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge of interpreting scientific data
1 2 3 4 5
All - Assessment Task 2:Atomic Theory Quiz
The goal is for you to review and demonstrate knowledge of key terms and concepts in atomic theory.
Product: Quiz/zes
The quiz will be available online via Canvas. This test will consist of multiple-choice and short answer questions.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Accuracy of your responses regarding the structure and classification of matter, and atomic structure and theory.
1 3
Interpretation and evaluation of information.
1 3
All - Assessment Task 3:Chemistry knowledge builders
The goal is for you to review, demonstrate and apply knowledge of key terms and concepts in atomic theory, chemical bonding, shape and polarity; and to apply scientific reasoning to chemical calculations.
Product: Artefact - Technical and Scientific, and Written Piece
This task requires students to produce two artefacts - short written answers to scenario-based or problem-based questions. The artefacts are due after lessons 8 and 10.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Marks will be awarded for:
•	Use of scientific terminology
•	Mathematical knowledge
•	Interpretation of scientific data
1 2 3 4 5
All - Assessment Task 4:Final Examination
You will demonstrate your understanding of concepts spanning the entire course.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
2-hour final quiz in the exam period
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Marks are awarded for:
•	Use of scientific terminology
•	Mathematical knowledge
•	Interpretation of scientific data
1 2 3 4 5

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required UCC104 Course Reader 2022 UCC104 Chemistry-Enabling Your Future n/a Available from USC MaPS and on Canvas

Specific requirements

Scientific calculator (recommended: Casio Fx-82 AU Plus II 2nd edition) and copy of the Periodic Table is required.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

It is your responsibility to be familiar with USC assessment policy. 
Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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