TFCCHEM 92F : Foundation Chemistry 2


2023 Semester Two (1235) (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 the 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. Using in-class MimioConnect 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) (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
  2. apply solubility rules to identify precipitation reactions, write ionic equations, predict precipitation and describe natural processes involving precipitation (Capability 1, 4, 5 and 6) (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) (Capability 1, 3, 4 and 6)
  4. Demonstrate an ability to appraise principles of chemical equilibrium and apply these to industrial processes (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6) (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
  5. Identify and explain reactions of acids and bases, buffer solutions and titrimetric analysis as a quality control method in consumer products (capability 1,3,4 and 6) (Capability 1, 3, 4 and 6)
  6. Display competence in working within a laboratory environment(Capability 4 and 5) (Capability 4 and 5)
  7. Describe and predict the products of fundamental organic reactions given the starting materials and reaction conditions using balanced chemical equations. (Capability 1, 4 and 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 10% Individual Coursework
Quizzes (Clicker questions in lectures) 5% Individual Coursework
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
Quizzes (Clicker questions in lectures)
Final exam

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


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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

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

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 15point 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, 3 hours of labs fortnightly 2 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/tutorials to complete/receive credit for components of the course.

Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials/labs will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events including group discussions/tutorials.
Attendance on campus is required for the test/exam.
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.

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 the "Remind App"

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.

Poor wifi connections in lecture theatres need to be addressed by the university. 
In class MimioConnect quizzes will be shifted to the following lecture giving students time to learn concepts.
If wifi is getting in the way of this we can think of moving the in-class questions to homework assignments to complete before the next lecture.

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.