Chemistry, like other science electives, will provide a platform for developing scientific literacy and for building essential scientific knowledge and skills for lifelong learning in science and technology. Chemistry deals with the composition, structures and properties of matter, the interactions between different types of matter, and the relationship between matter and energy. Through the learning of chemistry, it is possible to acquire relevant conceptual and procedural knowledge. A study of chemistry also helps to develop understanding and appreciation of developments in engineering, medicine and other related scientific and technological fields. Furthermore, learning about the contributions, issues and problems related to innovations in chemistry will help students develop an understanding of the relationship between science, technology, society and the environment.
The broad aims of the Chemistry Curriculum are to enable students to:
- develop interest and maintain a sense of wonder and curiosity about chemistry;
- construct and apply knowledge of chemistry, and appreciate the relationship between chemistry and other disciplines;
- appreciate and understand the evolutionary nature of science;
- develop skills for making scientific inquiries;
- develop the ability to think scientifically, critically and creatively, and solve problems individually and collaboratively in chemistry-related contexts;
- discuss science-related issues using the language of chemistry;
- make informed decisions and judgements on chemistry-related issues;
- develop open-mindedness, objectivity and pro-activeness;
- show appropriate awareness of working safely;
- understand and evaluate the social, ethical, economic, environmental and technological implications of chemistry, and develop an attitude of responsible citizenship.