Chemistry – Building Blocks of the World

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Course Date: 11 August 2014 to 09 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

This subject is an introduction to the world of chemistry. You will learn about atoms, the building blocks of everything around us. You’ll learn about how these atoms are put together to make compounds, to make most of the materials that we use every day. We’ll have some fun looking at some common types chemical reactions and finally, we’ll use our knowledge of these chemical reactions along with a new way of quantifying the world in order to be able to make powerful predictions about quantitative chemistry.

Course Instructors

Daniel Eldridge

Daniel has worked in chemistry-based research and has lectured at Swinburne University of Technology from the moment he graduated. His passion is to ignite the curious eye in each student and make chemistry accessible to all. He believes in a practical hands-on approach to explore the incredible chemical nature of the world around us and never fails to unleash a few entertaining demonstrations along the way! His research includes the study of heavy metal removal from waste-water and development of improved drug delivery systems.

Course Description

What's it about?

This subject is an introduction to the world of chemistry. You will learn about atoms, the building blocks of everything around us. You’ll learn about how these atoms are put together to make compounds, to make most of the materials that we use every day.

This subject is an introduction to the world of chemistry. You will learn about atoms, the building blocks of everything around us. You’ll learn about how these atoms are put together to make compounds, to make most of the materials that we use every day.

We’ll have some fun looking at some common types chemical reactions and finally, we’ll use our knowledge of these chemical reactions along with a new way of quantifying the world in order to be able to make powerful predictions about quantitative chemistry.

What's involved?

Module 1The World is Made of Matter
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment11 Aug - 17 Aug
Module 2Shaping the World - How is Different Matter Made?
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment18 Aug - 24 Aug
Module 3Making it Happen – Chemical Reactions
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment25 Aug - 31 Aug
Module 4What’s in a Mole? Quantitative Chemistry
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment1 Sep - 7 Sep

What will I learn?

  • Identify different types of matter around you
  • Develop an appreciation for some of the historical milestones in the development of modern chemistry
  • Describe the basic structure of the atom, giving specific details for any given element
  • Develop knowledge of the periodic table and its structure
  • Explain why atoms join together to form different compounds
  • Build and name simple ionic and covalent chemical compounds
  • Read, write, balance and comprehend chemical reactions through the use of chemical equations
  • Predict the solubility behaviour of simple ionic and covalent compounds
  • Recognise common occurrences of acid-base, endothermic, exothermic and combustion reaction
  • Comprehend the mole concept and how it relates to quantification
  • Use the mole concept to be able to calculate masses, volumes, concentrations and the number of individual atoms that make up a given material
  • Combine your understanding of chemical equations and the mole concept to make quantitative predictions regarding the outcome of a chemical reaction

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 4 hours 17 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

Where to from here?

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Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Analyst
  • Undergraduate
  • Industrial chemist
  • Quality control chemist
  • Research assistant
  • Postgraduate
  • Research Scientist
  • Academic

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