Level 2 Science - Advanced Chemistry I (CHE230)

CHE230
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: M. Blackburn

In Senior Chemistry, students study the materials that make up all matter around us, the properties of these substances and the way they change. This allows us to understand the chemistry going on in the world around us, such as in the foods we eat, the metals and plastics we use, the fuels we burn and the medicines we take to be healthy.

The importance of Senior Chemistry


Chemistry can be described as the 'central science', as an understanding of chemistry is closely related to a range of other science disciplines (e.g. biology, medicine, engineering and environmental sciences). As a school subject, Chemistry complements both Biology and Physics; Biology as it helps to understand the chemical processes that occur in living things, and Physics as both subjects involve the study of the behaviour of matter.

Studying chemistry is important as it helps us learn about the world that we live in. An understanding of chemistry allows us to make educated choices about the materials, products and foods that we use. Chemistry allows us to understand and solve key problems facing our Earth today, like climate change, the use of water, food shortages, antibiotic resistance and curing diseases.

What pathways does Senior Chemistry lead to?

Studying Chemistry at school leads on to a range of science and health related qualifications and careers. Examples include: Analytical Chemist, Nursing, Laboratory Technician, Medicine, Pharmacy, Chemical Engineering, Forensic Science and Environmental Science

What will be covered in the Senior Chemistry Program?

In this course students will develop their basic chemical understanding gained through NCEA Level 1 Science. This involves both a theoretical understanding of chemical concepts and practical skills.  It is foundational course that can open pathways outside into the workforce. Gives students an understanding of everyday chemicals and the positive impacts on chemistry.The topics covered include organic chemistry, methods of analyzing substances and properties of common substances

An emphasis on practical work develops laboratory and research techniques as well as illustrating the theoretical ideas. Chemistry supports most careers in Science. This course provides the opportunity to gain credits towards the numeracy requirements for University Entrance.


Course Overview

Term 1
TOPIC 1
Carry out a practical investigation into a substance present in a consumer product using quantitative analysis - INTERNAL

TOPIC 2
Demonstrate understanding of bonding, structure, properties and energy changes - EXTERNAL

Term 2
TOPIC 2 Continued

TOPIC 3
Demonstrate understanding of the properties of organic compounds - EXTERNAL

Term 3
Topic 4
Demonstrate understanding of spectroscopic data in chemistry - INTERNAL

TOPIC 3 Continued

Term 4
Examination preparation

Pathway

Level 3 Science - Advanced Chemistry II (CHE303), Level 3 Science - Earth and Space Science (ESS301)

Students who are interested in science and have demonstrated capacity to engage in learning. This course allows the students to move through to Level 3 NCEA chemistry. Level 2 Chemistry also provided science credits for future study after college.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

1 x Ringbinder, 1 x A4 lined refill, $25 Course Workbook, Scientific calculator


Recommended Prior Learning

NCEA Level 1 – passes in externals offered in Science, Maths and English OR interview with HoD.


Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91164 v2 Chemistry 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of bonding, structure, properties and energy changes
Assessments:
Term: -, Week: -
Term: , Week:
2
E
5
Y
A.S. 91388 v2 Chemistry 3.2 - Demonstrate understanding of spectroscopic data in chemistry
3
I
3
*
A.S. 91391 v2 Chemistry 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of the properties of organic compounds
3
E
5
Y
*
A.S. 91910 v1 Chemistry 2.1 - Carry out a practical investigation into a substance present in a consumer product using quantitative analysis
2
I
4
Y
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 8

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 17 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 7 credits.