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RENR 7000 - Foundations of Chemistry

Renewable Resources Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

​This course covers basic principles of chemistry. The major topics are atomic structure, nomenclature, stoichiometry, redox reactions, and electrochemistry. Additional material includes chemical bonding, solutions, neutralization and solubility of compounds. The importance of precipitation reactions for the treatment of water and wastewater will also be examined. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Ecological Restoration degree program or by departmental approval.


​Acceptance into the Ecological Restoration degree program or by departmental approval.





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 47014

Wed Sep 08 - Wed Dec 08 14 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 08 - Dec 08 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 BBY SW05 Rm. 1850
Nov 29 Mon 18:30 - 21:30 BBY SW05 Rm. 1850


Maria Tirado

Course Outline




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. This course is reserved for Ecological Restoration program. Students will require department approval prior to registration. Please Contact Giti Abouhamzeh at or 778-331-1392 Make up class Monday, Nov 29, 2021 18:30-21:30

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe atomic structure, main features of subatomic particles, and the importance of isotopes.
  • Describe the general location of metals, metalloids, and nonmetals in the periodic table, and their main characteristics.
  • Explain the difference between ionic bond and covalent bond.
  • Identify ions, ionic compounds, molecular compounds, and correctly derive their names and formula.
  • Calculate the number of moles of a compound from its mass.
  • Derive molar ratios and use them to solve problems involving mass-volume or mass-mass relationships.
  • Determine the limiting reactant and calculate actual and percent yield.
  • Assign oxidation numbers to identify the oxidizing and reducing agent in a redox reaction.
  • Calculate the cell potential under standard and non-standard conditions.
  • Describe kinds of intermolecular forces and their influence on the solubility of compounds.
  • Solve problems relating concentrations of solutions.
  • Describe the characteristics of strong and weak acids and bases, and the role of buffer solutions.
  • Calculate the pH and pOH of a solution.
  • Solve problems involving acid-base titrations.
  • Predict the formation of a precipitate.
  • Carry on calculations to determine alkalinity and water hardness.
  • Describe the chemical reactions involved in the precipitation of hardness ions, phosphate ions, and iron ions from water.

Effective as of Fall 2020

Related Programs

RENR 7000 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Ecological Restoration
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Science


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