CHM198 - Advanced Chemistry

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Last review date 2017-07-19 17:18:46.108

Subject Title
Advanced Chemistry

Subject Description
In this advanced course in chemistry, students examine organic chemistry, biochemistry, energy changes and rates of reaction, chemical systems and equilibrium electrochemistry and atomic/molecular structure. Emphasis is also placed on interpretation of data, problem solving and communicating scientific information.
Laboratory exercises and/or computer simulations and/or classroom demonstrations, will provide opportunities to consolidate concepts in a hands-on approach.
This course contains equivalent content to SCH4U, but it is not a Ministry approved credit.

Credit Status

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

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:
1.      Analyze the structure of various organic compounds and of chemical reactions involving these compounds.
2.      Calculate energy changes for physical and chemical processes and rates of reaction.
3.      Investigate the behaviour of chemical equilibrium, Le Chatelier's Principle and solution equilibrium.
4.      Analyze the concepts related to oxidation-reduction, the interconversion of chemical and electrical energy, galvanic and electrolytic cells, and battery/fuel cells in order to solve quantitative problems related to electrolysis.
5.      Explain the significant implications of electrochemical processes for industry, health and safety, and the environment.
6.      Explain how nutrients, enzymes and nucleic acids relate to cellular metabolism and genetics.
7.      Describe the application and use of nuclear chemistry in medicine.
8.      Evaluate personal, ethical, sociocultural, economic and environmental impacts of the changes being brought about by chemical research.
9.      Explain 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.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

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

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.

CHM091 (Grade B or higher)  or Grade 11C/U Chemistry

Topic Outline
1. Organic Chemistry

  • classes of organic compounds
  • physical properties of classes of organic compounds
  • organic reactions
  • process of addition and condensation polymerization
  • organic compounds in living organisms (i.e. proteins).
2. Biochemistry
  • organic compounds in living organisms (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins.)
  • enzymes and nucleic acids
3. Energy Changes and Rates of Reaction
  • energy changes:  physical, chemical, and nuclear
  • rates of reaction
  • energy diagrams of chemical and nuclear
4. Chemical Systems and Equilibrium
  • dynamic equilibrium
  • law of chemical equilibrium
  • Le Chatelier's principle
  • entropy, ionic solutes; constant expressions; strong; weak acids; buffer solutions.
5. Electrochemistry
  • oxidation and reduction
  • galvanic and electrolytic cells
  • electrolytic process (Faraday's Law)
  • corrosion.

 6. Nuclear Chemistry

  • Rutherford and Bohr - hydrogen atom
  • quantum mechanical model of the atom
  • s, p, d, f blocks of elements
  • solids and liquids
  • VSEPR model.

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.

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.
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.

Prescribed Texts
MasteringChemistry with eText  ISBN: 9780134270210.

Reference Material

Required Supplies

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, student's must obtain a minimum grade of 60% if wishing to pursue a BSCN or 65% if wishing to pursue the RPN program.

In-Class Sections  
3 Assignments 15%    
3 Tests 40%    
2 Labs 10%    
Final Exam 35%    
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.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood