Courses & Units

Chemistry Foundation Unit KRA001

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


Satisfactory completion of the laboratory component is an essential requirement for students to pass this unit.

Students may not concurrently enrol in KRA001 Foundation Chemistry and KRA161 Chemistry for Life Sciences.


PLEASE NOTE: students should access important unit information from the Chemistry website prior to the start date.

This unit aims to provide you with an introduction to chemical principles sufficient to be used as a pre-requisite for first year chemistry units at the University of Tasmania. It is not designed to be a replacement for year 12 chemistry as it only covers the major topics of direct relevance as a background to the first year chemistry units. Topics include the nature of matter, the fundamentals of chemical structure and bonding and chemical reactions, the states of matter, an introduction to chemical analysis, acid base chemistry and organic chemistry.

The Chemistry Foundation Unit operates in two different formats. Semesters 1 and 2 are held on campus with lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions throughout the semester. Semester 3 (Summer School) operates as an on-line self-paced program with an on campus laboratory session held after the completion of a 6-week theoretical component.

The overall aim of the unit is to provide a strong working knowledge and competency in general chemistry to a level appropriate for further studies in chemistry. It is not intended that this unit should replace KRA161, and students may benefit from using KRA001 as a precursor to KRA161.

The unit is examined via an on-line examination, which may also be accompanied by a written paper. The grades to be awarded include Pass (50-59%), Credit (60-69%), Distinction (70-79%) and High Distinction (80+%). Failing grades will also be awarded. Students who successfully complete the Chemistry Foundation Unit with a grade of Pass or better and who have satisfied one of the following: pass in MAP5C or MME5C or KMA003 or KMA002 or HSC equivalent or TCE score of 80 or above, will be eligible for enrolment in first year chemistry units at the University.


Unit name Chemistry Foundation Unit
Unit code KRA001
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology
School of Physical Sciences
Discipline Chemistry

Dr Ruth Amos (Hobart Semesters 1, 2 & 3), Dr Susan Turland (Launceston, Cradle Coast Semester 2) or other staff to be advised.

Teaching staff

Dr Ruth Amos (Hobart Semesters 1, 2 & 3), Dr Susan Turland (Launceston, Cradle Coast Semester 2) or other staff to be advised.

Level Foundation
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Summer school Off-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Summer school Off-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017
Summer school 2/1/2017 13/1/2017 28/1/2017 25/2/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2017: $1,131.00 2017: $2,437.00 010599

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


Teaching Pattern

Semesters 1 & 2: 2 x 1hr lectures weekly, 13 tutorials, and 6 x 2 hours laboratory sessions held over two days. Semester 3: 6 weeks full-time study (120 hours) with access for help from the Unit Coordinator by email or phone and 6 x 2 hours laboratory sessions held over two days.


Semesters 1 & 2: Test 10% (1 hr); Exam 35% (3 hr); Assignments 30%; Tutorials 5%; Laboratory 20%. Semester 3: Assignments 30%; Laboratory 20%; Exam 50% (4 hr)

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