CHEM 0501: Principles of Chemistry

Note: Students who complete CHEM 0501 will meet the ABE Provincial 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 seven 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.


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

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

Course outline

CHEM 0501 consists of eight instructional modules, each with practice problems, a range of assignment activities, and an experiment.

  • 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

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

Additional requirements

Computer with Internet is required for this course.


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.

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 (Research Project) 5.5%
Assignment 4 7.0%
Assignment 5 8.5%
Assignment 6 8.5%
Assignment 7 7.0%
Assignment 8 7.0%
Final Exam * 40%
Total 100%


Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information when starting the course.

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