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CHEM150 Concepts in Chemistry

Introduction to the core ideas and methods of chemistry, recommended for students with limited chemistry backgrounds. Topics include stoichiometry, equilibria, thermochemistry, redox, acid-base chemistry and main group and organic chemistry.

This paper is designed for students with limited chemistry backgrounds and provides students with the necessary theory and practical skills to successfully continue into first-year chemistry papers such as CHEM 191. This paper is also useful for students in other science disciplines who need to improve their chemistry knowledge. CHEM 150 will count towards any degree that allows a science paper to be credited to it.

Paper title Concepts in Chemistry
Paper code CHEM150
Subject Chemistry
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Summer School
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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Schedule C
(i) Students who have achieved 14 credits of NCEA level 2 chemistry or more, or any credits of NCEA level 3 chemistry (or their equivalents) will need Head of Department approval to enrol in the course. (ii) CHEM150 cannot be credited to a degree if CHEM191 or CHEM111 has been passed previously. (iii) No other Summer School paper may be taken concurrently with CHEM150.
The paper will be especially helpful for:
  • Students in other science disciplines who need to improve their chemistry knowledge
  • Mature students wishing to take first-year science papers
  • Students who have not taken Year 13 chemistry
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Dr David McMorran
Paper Structure
The course is six weeks long.

  • The first four weeks will be taught, and assessed, entirely online (using Blackboard, the University of Otago's Learning Management System). Topics include Stoichiometry, Equilibria, Thermochemistry, Redox, Acid-Base Chemistry, and Main Group and Organic Chemistry. This section of the course does not require students to be on campus. Students will need reliable access to the Internet to access and complete this part of the course.
  • The last two weeks comprise lectures/tutorials and laboratory classes that will run all day. Topics covered will include those listed above, but also aspects of experimental chemistry and an introduction to the techniques of the chemistry laboratory. This section of the course will require students to be on campus
The full-time nature of the last two weeks of the course means that students will not be able to enrol for other Summer School papers if they are doing CHEM 150.
Teaching Arrangements
The course is split into two parts:
  • Four weeks via distance learning
  • Two week on campus in Dunedin
To be advised
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication.
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Learning Outcomes
  • An understanding of the role that chemistry plays in a range of sciences
  • An understanding of the basic concepts of chemistry, including stoichiometry, equilibria and acid base chemistry, redox, energetics and organic reactivity
  • The development of basic practical laboratory skills
  • The development of a self-motivated approach to learning

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Summer School

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 6-7
Monday 13:00-13:50 6-7
Tuesday 09:00-09:50 7
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 7
Wednesday 09:00-09:50 6-7
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 6-7
Thursday 09:00-09:50 6-7
Thursday 13:00-13:50 6-7
Friday 09:00-09:50 6-7
Friday 13:00-13:50 6-7


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 6-7
Monday 14:00-15:50 6-7
Tuesday 10:00-11:50 7
Tuesday 14:00-15:50 7
Wednesday 10:00-11:50 6-7
Wednesday 14:00-15:50 6-7
Thursday 10:00-11:50 6-7
Thursday 14:00-15:50 6-7
Friday 10:00-11:50 6-7
Friday 14:00-15:50 6


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 14:00-15:50 7