TFCCHEM 92F : Foundation Chemistry 2


2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Introduces further principles of chemistry. Physical chemistry and qualitative inorganic analysis, including chemical kinetics and chemical equilibrium. Organic chemistry, including hydrocarbons, oxygen-containing functional groups, isomerism and reaction classifications, acids, bases, buffer solutions and titrations. Laboratories include reactions of hydrocarbon and oxygen-containing organic compounds, chromatography, testing for anions and cations in solution, acid-base titrations.

Course Overview

This course together with TFCCHEM91F course in semester 1 is designed for students who do not meet university entrance requirements.  It is one of the two courses students take to complete the year-long tertiary foundation certificate program which provides a pathway to enrol in undergraduate programs. This course focuses on introducing further fundamental concepts in chemistry as outlined in the course prescription.  The design of the course is to expose students to different delivery methods,  traditional lectures, process-oriented guided inquiry learning and Remind online quizzes for revision. Use of in-class Qwizdom clicker questions built into lecture presentations provides active learning and self-assessment of their learning progress.  Online prelab Canvas quizzes prepare students for laboratory work. This course together with TFCCHEM91F will prepare students for the first-year undergraduate chemistry courses, 

Course Requirements

Restriction: CHEM 92F

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 redox reactions using half equations, full equations, oxidant and reductant and experimental observations. (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
  2. identify and describe precipitation reactions, write ionic equations, predict precipitation and describe natural processes involving precipitation (Capability 1, 4, 5 and 6)
  3. Explain and evaluate heat changes in chemical reactions, classify reactions as exothermic and endothermic, use calorimetric data to calculate enthalpy changes, applications of heat transfers and uses in society (Capability 1, 3, 4 and 6)
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of and appraise principles of chemical equilibrium and apply these to industrial processes (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
  5. Describe and explain reactions of acids and bases, buffer solutions and titrimetric analysis as a quality control method in consumer products
  6. Communicate experimental results using scientific language
  7. Be able to use the IUPAC system of nomenclature to name organic compounds containing a single functional group (Capability 1, 3, 4 and 5)
  8. Demonstrate and understanding of homologous series and identify constitutional isomers, conformations, and configurational stereoisomers. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  9. Identify and classify reactions as substitution, addition, elimination or oxidation to determine the products of these reactions.


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 10% Individual Coursework
Quizzes (Clicker questions in lectures) 5% Individual Test
Laboratories 15% Individual Coursework
Tests 30% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 40% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Quizzes (Clicker questions in lectures)
Final Exam
This course Requires independent passes in practical component  (laboratories) and Theory component (Test 1 + Test 2 + Final Exam)  to gain an overall pass of the course.


Tuakana mentoring and tutorial assistance/help sessions will be provided to identified Tuakana students. This will be in the form of 1 hr help session per week with a dedicated GTA.

More details about the Faculty Tuakana program can be accessed using the following link; 

Key Topics

Redox Reactions
Precipitation Reactions
Energy and Thermochemistry
Chemical Equilibrium
Acids and Bases
Organic Chemistry

Learning Resources

A Coursebook, Canvas quizzes, Remind Quizzes, BestChoice learning modules, Youtube videos, Problem sheets, self-assessment progress tests and  Tutorials will be provided as learning resources.

Special Requirements

Laboratories: Students must pass the practical (laboratory) component to gain an overall pass in this course. This may be waived if on-campus teaching is impacted. 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, students can expect [3] hours of lectures, a [1] hour tutorial, [3] hours labs fortnightly, [2] hours of reading and revising the content and [1] hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Students are expected to complete 6 pre-lab quizzes on Canvas on odd week Fridays before the lab. There are 6 content based weekly quizzes on Canvas to be completed fortnightly. 

Two in -semester tests will be in week 6 and week 11.

Digital 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.

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.
Youtube videos and non-compulsory quizzes will be provided on "Remind App"


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.

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.

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 at

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.

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.

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 you may be asked to submit your 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. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 13/07/2020 03:07 p.m.