CHM091 - Chemistry

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Last revision date 2017-07-19 15:42:19.997
Last review date 2017-07-19 15:42:19.998

Subject Title

Subject Description
This is an introductory chemistry course. Students explore the relationship between chemical concepts and real life situations and on how chemical principles are important for biology.  This course provides the preparation necessary to enter Certificate and Diploma programs which require a current knowledge of chemistry and chemical concepts. Laboratory exercises and/or computer simulations and/or classroom demonstrations are designed to enhance understanding of the lecture material. 

Credit Status

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.      Describe the units of measurement and conversions, structure and properties of matter, chemical bonding, chemical formulae, chemical reactions, and gases of inorganic chemistry.
2.      Describe the importance of ions in body chemistry.
3.      Describe the properties of solutions.
4.      Calculate solution concentrations.
5.      Explain how the properties of water make it the universal solvent.
6.      Describe the bonding and nomenclature, structures, formulae, carbon compounds with other elements, and hydrocarbons of organic chemistry.
7.      Describe how biochemistry, the macronutrients, enzymes, and nucleic acids relate to processes in the human body.
8.      Evaluate the importance of some of the personal, ethical, sociocultural, economic and environmental impacts of the changes being brought about by chemical research.
9.      Describe lab safety protocols to ensure a safe environment for self and others.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

MTH069 or Equivalent 

Topic Outline

1.  Energy and Matter:

  • Specific heat, Calorimetry, State of matter, Properties of matter, Energy involved in change of state.
2.  Structure of Matter:
  • The Atom, Dalton's Theory, Structure of the atom,
  • Energy levels and orbitals,
  • The Periodic Table
3.  Chemical Bonding:
  • Symbols and formulae, Electron dot structures,
  • Ionic compounds and nomenclature, Covalent compounds and nomenclature,
  • Coordinate covalent bonding,
  • Polarity of compounds, Shapes of molecules:  The VSEPR Theory.

4.  Chemical Formulae and Reactions:
  • Molecular mass, Empirical and molecular formulae, Chemical equations, Reaction rates, Interpreting chemical equations.
  • Oxidation-Reduction Reactions:  Oxidation numbers, Oxidation, Reduction, Balancing REDOX equations, Oxidizing and reducing agents.
5.  Gases:
  • General properties, Kinetic-Molecular Theory, Gas Laws - a graphical and mathematical study
  • Oxygen and Other Gases:  Oxides, peroxides and superoxides, ozone, air pollution, nitrogen oxides
6.  Water, Liquids and Solutions:
  • Properties, Bonding, H-bonding, Structure, Impact on everyday life
  • Liquid Measures: Solutions, Suspensions, Colloids, Emulsions
  • Ionization:  Theory of Ionization, Conductivity of solutions, Electrolytes and their effect on boiling and freezing points, Importance of ions in body chemisty.
7.  Acids, Bases and Salts:
  • Acid-Base titration
  • PH
  • Solubility and reaction of salts
  • Buffer solutions

1.  Introduction to Organic Chemisty:

  • Bonding and nomenclature, Structural and molecular formulae, Isomers, Carbon compounds with other elements.
2.  Saturated Hydrocarbons:
  • Alkanes and their halogen derivatives, Nomenclature, Cycloalkanes, Properties of alkanes
3.  Unsaturated Hydrocarbons:
  • Alkenes, Alkynes, Aromatic compounds and their halogen derivatives; properties.
4.  Alcohols, Thiols, Phenols, and Ethers:
  • Structures, Nomenclature
5.  Aldehydes, Ketones, Carboxylic Acids, Esters, Amines and Amides


1.  Introduction to organic compounds in living organisms
  • carbohydrates, lipids, proteins
2.  Introduction to enzymes and nucleic acids

Mode of Instruction
There are two modes of delivery for this course:

1. In-class:
Students attend classes on campus each week. All instruction is delivered in a face to face environment.

2. Online:
All class work is completed in a fully online environment. Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre.

* Students interested in pursuing online courses must have strong time management skills and regular access to a home or office computer with a reliable Internet connection and web access.

Teaching and Learning Methods:
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the learning process, instructors can use such teaching methods as class and small group discussions, essays and research, individual and group presentations, readings, lectures, workshops, in-class exercises, and/or web-based instruction. The mode of delivery will dictate the most appropriate teaching methods available to an instructor.

Prescribed Texts

MasteringChemistry with eText  ISBN: 9780134270210.

McMurray, Ballantine, Hoeger and Peterson.  Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry, Books a la Carte plus Mastering chemistry with e-Test – Access Card Package, 8th edition.  Pearson Publisher.
ISBN:  9780134261256  
Yahoo Chemistry Directory -

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher.

Please note:  to satisfy the Pre-health graduation requirements, students must obtain a minimium grade of 60% if wishing to pursue a BSCN or 65% if wishing to pursue the RPN program.


Term Work:
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late take-home assignments will be penalized one letter grade per day and will not be graded after one week (there is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade). Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.
If a student has to miss any in-class quiz/test, he/she must notify the faculty via email or phone messages prior to start time of the quiz/test date. Valid documentation (such as original stamped doctor's note) must be submitted to the faculty on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities may be arranged at the Test Centre.
Grading scheme:

In-Class Section Online Section
2 Tests 25% 6 Tutorials 10%
3 Take-home assignments 15% 6 Assignments 25%
3 Labs 15% 3 Tests 45%
1 Research Assignment 15%    
Exam 30% Exam 20%
Student Success:

Please come prepared to participate in class. Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Please access the course at least twice every week (or more) and keep up with assigned readings. Make sure you participate in online discussions and hand in any assigned work on time. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success. 


Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood