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Thompson Rivers University

CHEM 0501: Principles of Chemistry

Note: Students who complete CHEM 0501 will meet the ABE Advanced Level (Grade 11) learning outcomes and competencies for transfer credit as stated in the most recent BC Provincial Government’s publication Adult Basic Education: A Guide to Upgrading in British Columbia's Public Post-Secondary Institutions - An Articulation Handbook, including a completion of a minimum of eight labs.

This course is equivalent to Grade 11 chemistry. Students start with the basics of chemistry as a science, SI metric system, and safety rules. Then students study properties and classification of matter, the periodic table, chemical names and formulae, molecular shapes and polarity, chemical reactions, the mole concept, solutions, the gas laws, and organic compounds.

Learning outcomes

The Learning Outcomes are listed at the beginning of each Module.

These objectives are important markers to assess your understanding and learning goals.

Course topics

  • Module 1: The Basics - safety, scientific method, measurement, energy
  • Module 2: Earth I - matter, elements, periodic table
  • Module 3: Earth II - atoms, isotopes, electron configuration, ionization
  • Module 4: Fire I - chemical bonds, ionic bonding, molecular formulas, acids and polyatomic ions
  • Module 5: Fire II - mass, moles, molecules, chemical reactions, chemical equations and calculations
  • Module 6: Water - solutions, acid, base, salts and polyatomic ions
  • Module 7: Air - physical properties of gases, Gas Laws, Earth's atmosphere
  • Module 8: Carbon - bonds, allotropes, organic compounds, hydrocarbons, functional groups, polymerization.

Required text and materials

The following materials are required for this course:

  1. Hebden, James . (1998). Chemistry 11: A Workbook for Students. Kamloops, BC: Hebden Home Publishing.
    Type: ISBN: 0-9682069-1-3
  2. CHEM 0501 Lab Sub Kit #1
  3. CHEM 0501 Lab Sub Kit #2


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the final mandatory examination and 50 % overall.

Assignment 1 9.5%
Assignment 2 7.0%
Assignment 3 5.5%
Assignment 4 7.0%
Assignment 5 8.5%
Assignment 6 8.5%
Assignment 7 7.0%
Assignment 8 7.0%
Final Exam (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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