IB Chemistry

Head of Department:  Ms M Towns BSc (UWE)

IB Course Outline

The IB Diploma Programme Chemistry Course combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills through the experimental approach. Students learn the chemical principles that underpin both the physical environment and biological systems through the study of quantitative chemistry, periodicity, kinetics and other subjects. The chemistry course covers the essential principles of the subject and, through selection of options, allows teachers some flexibility to tailor the course to meet the needs of their students.  Throughout this challenging course, students become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. Further, students enjoy multiple opportunities for scientific study and creative inquiry within a global context.

In addition, the course is designed to:

  • provide opportunities for scientific study and creativity within a global context that will stimulate and challenge students
  • provide a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterise science and technology
  • enable students to apply and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterise science and technology
  • develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise scientific information
  • develop experimental and investigative scientific skills
  • engender an awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities
  • develop and apply the students’ information and communication technology skills in the study of science
  • raise awareness of the moral, ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of using science and technology
  • develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations associated with science and scientists

encourage an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and the overarching nature of the scientific method.

Course Description
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Atomic structure
  • Periodicity
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Equilibrium
  • Acids and bases
  • Oxidation and reduction
  • Organic chemistry
  • Measurement and data processing.

Options:

  • Energy
  • Human biochemistry
  • Chemistry in industry and technology
  • Medicines and drugs.
Assessment

Examination weighting of final grade: 76%
Paper 1: Multiple choice
Paper 2: Data analysis, short answer and open response
Paper 3: Short answer and extended response

Coursework weighting of final grade: 24%

Practical work

Short laboratory practicals and a long-term practical or projects; general laboratory work and fieldwork
Group 4 project: Team work exercise involving all students assessing ‘personal skills’ eg. teamwork.