CH3000 - Chemistry - NCEA Level 3 (course endorsement available)

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What is Chemistry?

People have always been fascinated by the world around us and chemistry is the study of the substances that make up the universe. From the time people worked out how to create fire, chemistry has been at the forefront of exciting discoveries such as the structure of DNA and the use of semiconductors in electronics. Chemistry looks at the behaviour of substances, the changes they undergo to create new ones and the reactions between them. Yet it is more than what happens at a micro level, it is about what it is that makes us, our materials and everything around us. Students learn the essential skills and knowledge needed to analyse scientific information, conduct experiments and research. Chemistry is essential for careers in a wide range of areas including medicine, pharmacy, engineering, environmental science, wine making and food technology.

What this course involves

This course takes a deeper look at what helps create our world, and takes the concepts discussed in Level 2 to a more advanced level. There is a focus on the role of energy and using particles at the microscopic level to explain the properties observed at the macroscopic level.

Topics introduced include electronic structures and spontaneity of reactions including electrochemical processes. Spectroscopic analysis of organic compounds is also investigated. Since quantitative analysis is involved with chemistry, confidence in general mathematics, simple algebra and graphs is useful and the course is aimed at students going on to tertiary studies in chemistry.

Note: AS91389: Demonstrate understanding of chemical processes in the world around us requires a good understanding of Level 3 Chemistry and so should be completed near the end of the course.

Delivery Modes

Recommended prior learning

Five standards completed at NCEA Level 2 Chemistry or equivalent.

National qualifications available in this course

Standard Description Version Credits Assessment L1 Lit/Num UE Lit/Num Vocational Pathways
6345 Analyse oxidation – reduction reactions 6 4 Internal
8949 Characterise the composition of acid and base solutions 5 4 Internal
91388 Demonstrate understanding of spectroscopic data in chemistry 2 3 Internal
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
91389 Demonstrate understanding of chemical processes in the world around us 2 3 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElwraUE literacy writing and reading achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
91390 Demonstrate understanding of thermochemical principles and the properties of particles and substances 2 5 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
91391 Demonstrate understanding of the properties of organic compounds 2 5 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SeService Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
91392 Demonstrate understanding of equilibrium principles in aqueous systems 2 5 External
lnaLiteracy and numeracy achievement standard
UEnaUE numeracy achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
91393 Demonstrate understanding of oxidation-reduction processes 2 3 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard