What will I learn in Chemistry?
In Chemistry, you will learn about the composition, structure, and properties of materials around you. This can be used to manipulate existing materials and create new ones. Such materials include water, acids, bases, organic chemicals, gases, metals and many others. When these materials are subjected to particular processes, new substances can be formed. These processes may be irreversible or exist in equilibrium. They can be monitored and logged to find rate of reactions and finally they can be applied for the benefit of humankind.
During the year, besides the scheduled lessons, tutorials and practicals, there may be site visits, meetings with other professionals and representatives from the industry and University (both foreign and local).
How will I benefit from studying Chemistry?
You will benefit by developing several skills which are very important in the modern world. Special attention is given to the implementation of the 21st century skills such as verbal and written communication. This is central in creating effective teamwork and team management. Another important skill is problem solving within a specified time frame in an organized scientific manner. This is followed by monitoring and maintaining records and data, which will later be ready for analysis, evaluation, research, and their presentation using IT and related technology would ensue. All these skills are learnt by being thorough while paying attention to detail.
Are there any special considerations?
- Chemistry cannot be taken with Environmental Science
What textbooks and/or resources do I need?
As from September 2021, the new Chemistry Advanced and Intermediate level syllabi were implemented with the first-year students. Teachers are continually updating their notes to reflect these changes in the syllabi. There are no specific books which will cover the current syllabi.
However, it is recommended that besides the teacher’s notes, you use other books and the internet to obtain more information.
For practical sessions, a white lab coat and safety glasses are always mandatory. Advanced level students are also required to bring a pipette filler and a guidebook on Analytical Chemistry.