FOUND010-22A (HAM)

Foundations of Chemistry

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Paper Description

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This paper is a pre-entry or foundation course for students wishing to undertake study in first year chemistry papers (CHEMY101, CHEMY102). A 70% or higher passing grade in the FOUND010 course may allow entry to CHEMY101/102. Students who do not achieve 70% are strongly advised to enroll in CHEMY100. The paper covers introductory but fundamental topics in chemistry such as properties of sub-atomic particles, atoms, atomic structure, the naming of compounds, the mole concept, balancing equations, equilibrium concepts, acids and bases, types of bonding, shapes of molecules, reaction rates, water and air pollution, and, organic chemistry

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Paper Structure

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This paper will be primarily taught through online lectures and a laboratory course.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • demonstrate a good understanding of the basic concepts, principles and models of descriptive and quantitative chemistry
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  • carry out in a safe and precise manner practical laboratory investigations
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  • write a concise, clear and tidy report of a laboratory investigation using a prescribed format
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  • work effectively and cooperatively with others
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A variety of assessment methods are used - tests, laboratory reports, tutorial quizzes and STEM activities.

The quizzes are done on random days throughout the available lecture time slots starting in week two and ending in the final week of teaching. There will be 10 quizzes in total, each worth 1%. They will be at the start of a lecture and take about 10 minutes to complete.

The due date for these assessments may change due to unforeseen circumstances. If dates are changed, they will be confirmed in class and on Moodle closer to respective relevant dates.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1
15 Mar 2022
12:00 AM
  • Other: Attendance and modules.
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
2. Test 2
3 May 2022
11:00 AM
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Lab report
23 May 2022
3:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Learning activities
6 Jun 2022
4:00 PM
  • In Class: In Lecture
5. Lab attendance
9 Jun 2022
4:00 PM
  • Other: Attendance and participation in labs.
  • Hand-in: Department Office
6. Final test
  • Other: Time, date and room TBA.
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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The FOUND010 Bridging Chemistry laboratory manual is available from Waikato Print on campus.
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Recommended Readings

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Chemistry (4th ed.) by Rob Lewis and Wynne Evans, Palgrave Foundations series, 2005. Available for sale at Bennetts bookstore for approximately $80. Please note: You are not expected to buy this text book as it is available through the library.
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Online Support

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Online support


Moodle is the virtual space for students to connect with each other as well as teaching staff outside of the face-to-face classes. Students will use the site to ask questions of staff, participate in online discussions, and complete selected learning activities. You can also find assessment instructions, submit your completed assessments, access feedback, and keep track of your grades.

To access Moodle, sign into your university login and click on the “Moodle” link. Moodle will be your main source of information for the course.


Classes will be recorded and the links to these recordings will be available on the Moodle page for this module. The aim of recording classes is to aid in the further study and understanding of content, and as a revision tool. Class recordings do not replace attendance.


Studiosity is an online tutoring service for students at the University of Waikato. It’s accessible via Moodle and offers personalised, live, online help from trained experts in two ways:

  • Writing Feedback: upload your work to get help with academic writing and literacy (such as structure, grammar and referencing). Available 24/7, you will receive your feedback in less than 24 hours.

  • Connect Live: chat with a subject specialist to get help with academic writing and literacy, study skills, maths, economics, accounting or statistics. Available 5.00pm – 2.00am Sunday to Friday.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is a bridging paper for students wanting to study the Chemical Sciences. The lecturer is in close communication with the undergraduate (degree) lecturers to ensure the relevance of this paper for degree-level study. This content and skill level for this paper are related to New Zealand high school Chemistry NCEA Level 2 and Level 3.
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Restricted papers: CAFS010

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