1. Rationale This is an introductory module aimed at helping you to upgrade and consolidate your knowledge of some of the fundamentals of chemistry. To be successful, you must master concepts that form the building blocks of chemistry as well as acquire mathematical skills necessary to solve problems in this quantitative science. Chemistry, like driving a car, uses a language and skills of its own. Without a firm foundation in these fundamentals, a true understanding of chemistry is impossible. This module in part, begins to construct that foundation by introducing some key aspects of the chemist’s view of matter. The module will enable the learner to learn some of the language of chemistry and develop an image of the physical world that will help you think like a Chemist.
2. Prerequisite or Knowledge
Entry requirements for undergraduate university studies in science. Students are expected to have done chemistry as a subject in high school as well as Mathematics.
3. General objectives
At the end of this module you are expected to be able to:i. Classify matter into types so as to make manageable the wealth of information about matter.ii. Distinguish between matter and energy.iii. State and classify elements in a systematic manner.iv. Use the units of a measurement to do calculations involving that measurement.v. State the chemical combination to understanding chemical equations, balancing them and doing stoichiometric calculations.
You should spend approximately 120 hours to cover this module
To successfully complete the learning activities in this module you will require Internet-connectivity to enable you to access and /or use the following tools and resources:
- Computer aided instruction (CAI)
- Computer-based assessment (CBA)
- Multimedia delivery (including video conferencing)
- e-Library and data base utilization
- Integrated learning environment
- Interactive discussions/chat sessions and
- Recommended textbooks and other reference materials