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Morgan Philp

Morgan Philp
Scholarly Teaching Fellow

Morgan is a Scholarly Teaching Fellow within the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at UTS. This position sees her coordinate and teach into a number of first and further year chemistry subjects, including Chemistry 1, Chemistry Bridging Course, Skills for the Professional Chemist and Environmental Chemistry.

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This online course guides you through the NSW Chemistry Stage 6 syllabus module, Drivers of Reactions. Upskill your content knowledge, gain professional development and grow your network through formative assessment, discussion boards, case studies, videos and demonstrations.

About this course

This online course is suitable for chemistry teachers or those aspiring to become chemistry teachers. It is particularly targeted to the NSW syllabus which is mapped to the Australian Curriculum.

The aim of the course is to upskill teachers beyond the requirements of their students. This will give teachers the confidence to address the needs of their students, see connections between topics and address the needs of those students more capable. 

During this course we will conduct investigations to measure heat energy changes in the classroom and research laboratory, use experimental data to calculate enthalpy changes and demonstrate Hess’ Law. In addition, we will examine and clarify the relationship between enthalpy and entropy in calculating Gibbs free energy. Applications of the chemistry principles to industry and current research practices will also be provided throughout the course.


Full price: $990 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

The role of enthalpy and entropy in the spontaneity of reactions and the relationship between the two state functions are essential to understanding chemical reactions.

This course goes beyond the requisite content knowledge of the NSW HSC Chemistry syllabus so chemistry teachers can confidently deliver module four to students.

This course will cover the following content:

Module 1: Energy changes in chemical reactions

  • Endothermic and exothermic reactions
  • Calorimetry
  • Enthalpy changes
  • Energy profile diagrams
  • Role of catalysts.

Module 2: Enthalpy and Hess’s law

  • Bond enthalpy
  • Hess’s law
  • Application of Hess’s law.

Module 3: Entropy and Gibbs free energy

  • Entropy vs enthalpy
  • Entropy changes
  • Predicting entropy changes
  • Reaction spontaneity
  • Gibbs free energy formula
  • Temperature and reaction spontaneity.

Course learning objectives

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand and apply key chemistry principles
  • Apply quantitative skills to solve chemistry problems
  • Examine practical investigation demonstrations and explain observations
  • Express chemistry concepts in a clear manner for a range of audiences through a variety of written and verbal forms.



To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with reliable internet access and an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas.


Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • 10% discount UTS alumni, students and staff.

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to obtain your discount voucher code (UTS alumni and students)

Please contact the team at support@open.uts.edu.au with your student number to obtain your discount voucher code. 

How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount (UTS staff)

Please contact the team at support@open.uts.edu.au in order to secure your enrolment and 10% staff discount.

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number during checkout. If you have forgotten your UTS student number, email support@open.uts.edu.au with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
  • Add this course to your cart 
  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the "Have a voucher code?" prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button. 

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Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for (but not limited to):

  • Current chemistry teachers
  • Aspiring chemistry teachers.


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