CHEM 0501

Principles of Chemistry

0 Credits

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 BC Provincial Government’s publication Adult Basic Education: A Guide to Upgrading in British Columbia's Public Post-Secondary Institutions - An Articulation Handbook.


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.

Delivery Methods

Online, self-paced.


Science 10 or equivalent, MATH 0401: Intermediate Mathematics, or Math 10

Recommended Requisites

MATH 0523: Advanced Mathematics, or Math 11, English reading skills (Grade 11 level)


CHEM 0500


  • 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.

Course Duration

30 weeks.

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

DVD player is required. Computer with Internet is required for this course.

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.


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%