TFCCHEM 91F : Foundation Chemistry 1


2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Introduction to elements, compounds, the periodic table, atomic structure, covalent bonding, molecular shape and polarity. Quantitative chemistry, including balancing equations, calculating moles and particles present, calculation of concentration in mol L-1. Energy and thermo-chemistry. Laboratories include practical skills and qualitative analysis, and simple modelling.

Course Overview

TFCCHEM91F is one of the two courses that contribute to the Tertiary Foundation Certificate (TFC) program.  The second course TFCCHEM92F is offered in semester 2. TFC program is for students returning to education after taking a break or for those who do not meet entry requirements for undergraduate programs. 
This course aims to build a solid foundation of chemical concepts so that students may be more confident in exploring chemistry or chemistry-related topics in higher-level courses. This course is good preparation for students going into CHEM150, CHEM110, and/or CHEM120 and/or biological sciences.
 The course is designed to engage students in active learning in class. The clicker technology with MimioConnect aid in the retention of material in live class and process-oriented guided inquiry learning will provide opportunities to develop their critical thinking.

Course Requirements

Restriction: CHEM 91F, 91P

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and describe the macroscopic, sub-microscopic and symbolic representation of matter and distinguish between physical and chemical changes(Capability 1 and 2) (Capability 1 and 2)
  2. Describe and explain chemical and physical processes that take place in the world around us. (Capability 1,2 4 and 6) (Capability 1, 2 and 6)
  3. Effectively use the periodic table to predict the types of bonding and physical properties of matter (Capability 1,2 3,4 and 5) (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  4. Describe and apply collision theory and predict factors affecting the rate of reactions and use rate law to predict the effect of concentration on rates of reactions (Capability 1,2and 4) (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
  5. Identify and explain how molecular bonding and structure play a central role in determining the physical and chemical properties of substances and course of chemical reactions. (Capability 1,2,4 and 5) (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)
  6. Analyse and predict the amount of product made in a typical chemical reaction given initial quantities of reactants.(Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6) (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
  7. Explain and communicate experimental observations and data using scientific language. (Capability 1,4, 5 and 6) (Capability 1, 4, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Test 1 15% Individual Test
Test 2 15% Individual Test
Final Exam 40% Individual Examination
Quizzes 10% Individual Coursework
In class clicker questions 5% Individual Coursework
Laboratories 15% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Test 1
Test 2
Final Exam
In class clicker questions

A student must pass both theory and practical components to gain an overall pass. The theory component is composed of quizzes, term tests, and the final exam (Total of 80%). The practical component is composed of pre-labs and laboratory experiments (15%).


Tuākana Science is a multi-faceted programme for Māori and Pacific students providing topic specific tutorials, one-on-one sessions, test and exam preparation and more. Explore your options at

As part of the University-wide Tuākana community, The School of chemical sciences aims to provide a welcoming learning environment for and enhance the success of, all of our Māori and Pacific students. We are led by the principles of tautoko (support) and whanaungatanga (connection) and hope you find a home here at the School. Students who have identified as Māori and/or Pacific will receive an invitation to our online portal introducing the Programme, the resources we have available, and how you can get involved.

Tuākana Chemistry runs a range of activities for students enrolled in this class. This includes weekly workshops, social activities, and opportunities to engage with senior students and researchers within the School of Chemical Sciences. Tuākana-eligible students will be added automatically to the Tuākana Chemistry program when they enroll in this course. For more information, please see the Tuākana program website or email

Key Topics

  •  Fundamental concepts
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Chemical Reactivity
  • Quantitative Chemistry

Special Requirements

Attendance at the laboratories is a compulsory part of this course. Students must be wearing safety glasses, covered footwear, and a lab coat before entering the laboratory and must keep these on until after exiting the laboratory. Jandals or other open shoes are not satisfactory footwear. Students who wear prescription spectacles are required to wear safety glasses over their spectacles. 

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15-point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15-point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 3 hours of lectures, a 1-hour tutorial, 2.5 hours of labs, 2.5 hours of reading and thinking about the content, and 1 hour of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including labs and tutorials to receive credit for components of the course.

Lectures will be in-person and available as recordings.

The course will not include live online events.

Attendance on campus is required for the tests.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Coursebook and laboratory manual, Canvas quizzes, BestChoice learning modules, Youtube videos, Problem sheets, self-assessed progress tests, Tutorials

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

The response rate was very poor.  The course will run similar to 2021 and no further improvements to implement for 2023

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 31/10/2022 09:31 a.m.