Course Details
Course Code


Course Type

University Prep

OSSD Credit Value



SCH3U Grade 11 Chemistry

Course Outline



This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, energy changes and rates of reaction, chemical systems and equilibrium, electrochemistry, and atomic and molecular structure. Students will further develop problem-solving and laboratory skills as they investigate chemical processes, at the same time refining their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in daily life, and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.

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All lessons in this course are video-based lectures that gently guide you through important concepts. Our expert teachers will help you succeed in this course and give you a good head start to your post secondary education.
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Overall Course Expectations

Throughout this course, students will learn the following:

A. Scientific Investigation Skills and Career Exploration
A1 demonstrate scientific investigation skills (related to both inquiry and research) in the four areas of skills (initiating and planning, performing and recording, analysing and interpreting, and communicating);
A2 identify and describe a variety of careers related to the fields of science under study, and identify scientists, including Canadians, who have made contributions to those fields.
B. Organic Chemistry
B1 assess the social and environmental impact of organic compounds used in everyday life, and propose a course of action to reduce the use of compounds that are harmful to human health and the environment;
B2 investigate organic compounds and organic chemical reactions, and use various methods to represent the compounds;
B3 demonstrate an understanding of the structure, properties, and chemical behaviour of compounds within each class of organic compounds.
C. Strcture and Properties of Matter
C1 assess the benefits to society and evaluate the environmental impact of products and technologies that apply principles related to the structure and properties of matter;
C2 investigate the molecular shapes and physical properties of various types of matter;
C3 demonstrate an understanding of atomic structure and chemical bonding, and how they relate to the physical properties of ionic, molecular, covalent network, and metallic substances.
D. Energy Changes and Rates of Reaction
D1 analyse technologies and chemical processes that are based on energy changes, and evaluate them in terms of their efficiency and their effects on the environment;
D2 investigate and analyse energy changes and rates of reaction in physical and chemical processes, and solve related problems;
D3 demonstrate an understanding of energy changes and rates of reaction.
E. Chemical Systems and Equilibrium
E1 analyse chemical equilibrium processes, and assess their impact on biological, biochemical, and technological systems;
E2 investigate the qualitative and quantitative nature of chemical systems at equilibrium, and solve related problems;
E3 demonstrate an understanding of the concept of dynamic equilibrium and the variables that cause shifts in the equilibrium of chemical systems.
F. Electrochemistry
F1 analyse technologies and processes relating to electrochemistry, and their implications for society, health and safety, and the environment;
F2 investigate oxidation-reduction reactions using a galvanic cell, and analyse electrochemical reactions in qualitative and quantitative terms;
F3 demonstrate an understanding of the principles of oxidation-reduction reactions and the many practical applications of electrochemistry.

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Ministry of Education Curriculum

This is an OSSD credit course that has been developed based on the following Ontario Ministry of Education documents

  • The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12 Science, Revised 2008
  • Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools (2010)

Major Units and Corresponding Hours

Unit Titles and Descriptions Time Allocated

Organic Chemistry

Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the predictable chemical and physical properties of organic compounds are determined by their respective structures. They will also assess the significant implications of organic chemical reactions and their applications for society, human health, and the environment.

22 hours

Structure and Properties of Matter

Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the nature of attractive forces that exist between particles in a substance determines the properties and limits the uses of that substance. They will also evaluate the societal benefits and costs of technological devices that are based on the principles of atomic and molecular structures.

20 hours

Energy Changes and Rates of Reaction

Students will demonstrate an understanding of how energy changes and rates of reaction can be described quantitatively. They will investigate ways to improve the efficiency of chemical reactions by applying optimal conditions. Students will also evaluate the societal and environmental costs and benefits of technologies that transform energy.

22 hours

Chemical Systems and Equilibrium

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the predictable ways in which chemical systems are dynamic and respond to changing conditions. They will also assess the significant implications for nature and industry of applying chemical systems at equilibrium.

22 hours


Students will demonstrate an understanding of the predictable way in which electrons are transferred from one substance to another in oxidation and reduction reactions. They will also assess the significant implications of controlling and applying oxidation and reduction reactions for industry, health and safety, and the environment.

22 hours
Final Assessment


This is a proctored exam worth 30% of your final grade.

2 hours
Total 110 hours

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All course content is accessed online.

Resources required by the student

  • A non-programmable, non-graphing, scientific calculator
  • A scanner, smart phone camera, or similar device to upload handwritten or hand-drawn work
  • A front-facing camera on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device to allow for proctoring over the internet
  • Internet access and a modern standards-compliant web browser

Assessment & Evaluation

The assessment and evaluation strategies of our school follows the Ministry of Education's Growing Success document. Growing Success articulates the vision the Ministry has for the purpose and structure of assessment and evaluation techniques.
Assessments help to monitor student progression and provide reflection and feedback. Evaluation is the process of judging the quality of student work in relation to the achievement chart categories and criteria, and assigning a percentage grade to represent that quality. Evaluation is based on gathering evidence of student achievement through:

  • Products
  • Observations
  • Conversations

Weighting of the Categories of Achievement

Knowledge & Understanding Thinking Communication Application
30% 20% 20% 30%

The Final Grade

  • The evaluation for this course is based on the student's achievement of curriculum expectations and the demonstrated skills required for effective learning. The final percentage grade represents the quality of the student's overall achievement of the expectations for the course and reflects the corresponding level of achievement as described in the achievement chart for the discipline.

Course withdrawal and repeats

Since this is a Grade 11/12 course, please read the following carefully. We have the following safety features in place.

You can safely enroll and try this course. We do not notify your day school in any way when you register and enroll in our courses. Only when you explicity instruct us to share your grades will we send your registration information and your grades to your day school.

In addition, you can safely drop this course without any academic penalty at any time before the first report card. Once you have received the first report card, you will still have five (5) days to drop this course without any academic penalty. The first report card is issued right after the midterm point of this course.

The midterm point of this course is based on work completed rather than time elapsed, since this is a self-paced course. It is roughly after the first half of the assessments in the course, at which point you will have a fairly good idea of how well you are doing.

At this point, you will have to manually indicate, by pressing an acknowledgement button, that you would like to continue in the course and that you would like us to send your registration information and your marks to your day school.

As a courtesy to our students, our system requires you to manually indicate that you would like to progress beyond the midterm point and receive the first report card. This safety feature is designed to ensure that you do not accidentally pass the deadline to drop the course without academic penalty.

After receiving your first report card, we will also send you notifications via email regarding the 5 day deadline to drop the course.

Read more about ministry guidelines regarding course withdrawals and retakes.
Ministry guidelines regarding course withdrawals and retakes

According to Ministry policies, grade 9 and grade 10 courses can be withdrawn at any time without any academic penalty. The grade 9 and 10 courses can also be repeated an unlimited number of times without any academic penalty. Grade 9 or 10 courses withdrawn are simply not recorded on the OST (it is as if you have never registered for the course). When students retake grade 9 or 10 courses, the highest mark is recorded on their OST, replacing the lower mark.

However, withdrawing from grade 11 or grade 12 courses without academic penalty must be done within 5 days of receiving the first report card. In this case, the mark will not be recorded on the OST. On the other hand, withdrawal from a grade 11 or grade 12 course after 5 days of receiving the first report card results in the following permanent record on the student’s OST: a "W" being entered in the "Credit" column of the OST along with the mark at the time of the withdrawal. If there are extraordinary circumstances relating to a student's withdrawal from a course, an "S" may be entered in the "Note" column on the OST.

Retaking grade 11 and grade 12 courses leads to permanent records of all repeats on the student’s OST, along with the marks of each attempt. Only one credit is earned if a course is retaken. An “R” is entered in the “Credit” column of the OST for the repeats with the lower mark.

It is therefore advised that students taking grade 11 and grade 12 courses be mindful of withdrawal deadlines pertaining to their enrollment, and do their best in the course if they have passed the withdrawal deadline.