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Course Description

Blue rubber gloves holding a beaker with a periodic table in the bacgkground

A chemistry course for non-scientists. This course will outline the involvement of chemistry in our daily lives and will provide an appreciation of chemistry from atoms to important complex molecules. Topics will include energy sources, air and water pollution, natural and synthetic polymers, household chemicals, foods, drugs and biochemicals.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the basic features of the periodic table and be able to identify and name elements, ions and various compounds;
  2. Balance and explain several types of chemical reactions (specifically solubility, acid-base, and nuclear);
  3. Determine the molecular structure of simple compounds using Lewis Structures;
  4. Identify and name some simple carbon containing compounds (alkanes, alkenes, alkynes and aromatic compounds) in order to begin investigating organic chemistry;
  5. Explain the basic properties and societal impacts of important substances including: acids and bases, radioactive elements, household products, molecules in living organisms, drugs and medicines; and
  6. Describe the basic chemical processes associated with environmental problems including: global warming, ozone depletion, water contamination.

Course Topics

  • Some Fundamental Chemical Principles
  • Atoms and Elements
  • Compounds and Chemical Reactions
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Acids and Bases
  • Household Chemicals
  • Biochemistry and the Chemistry of Pharmaceuticals
  • Chemistry of Food
  • Nuclear Chemistry
  • Chemistry of the Environment

Additional Requirements

Restriction(s): CHEM*1040. Students in the BASC.ANH, BAS, BBRM.EM, BENG, BSAG, BSES and BSC programs cannot take this course for credit.


Assessment Item Weight
Online Quizzes 10%
Graded Homework Assignments 15%
Online Midterm 20%
Factsheet Assignment 15%
On Campus Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Chemistry Today
January 06, 2020 to April 03, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,504.99 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes
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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Chemistry in Focus: A Molecular View of Our World by Nivaldo J. Tro © 2016 Brooks Cole 6th Edition edition ISBN 9781305084476
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