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Unit Code
Unit Title
KRA001 Chemistry Foundation Unit
KRA010 Research Experience Program

2013 KRA001 Chemistry Foundation Unit

Unit Level: Foundation

Available as a Student Elective: No

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


Unit Sem 1 Sem 2 Full Yr Spring Summer Winter
KRA001 H H,L Distance(H,L)

Key Semester Dates
Semester Campus Attendance Note Start Date Census Date Final WW Date* End Date
Summer H Distance 01-JAN-2013 14-JAN-2013 28-JAN-2013 24-FEB-2013
Summer L Distance 01-JAN-2013 14-JAN-2013 28-JAN-2013 24-FEB-2013
Sem 1 H On Campus 25-FEB-2013 23-MAR-2013 15-APR-2013 31-MAY-2013
Sem 2 H On Campus 15-JUL-2013 10-AUG-2013 02-SEP-2013 18-OCT-2013
Sem 2 L On Campus 15-JUL-2013 10-AUG-2013 02-SEP-2013 18-OCT-2013

* 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).

About Census Dates


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 is an online unit, which operates as a self-paced program during Semesters 1, 2 and 3 (Summer School). Additionally, compulsory tutorials are held throughout the semester, while compulsory laboratory sessions are held as follows:

  • Summer School - on completion of 6-week theoretical component
  • Semester 1 - Throughout the semester
  • Semester 2 - Throughout the semester

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, but 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 HSC equivalent or TCE score of 80 or above, will be eligible for enrolment in first year chemistry units at the University.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: Semesters 1 & 2: Test 10% (1 hr); Exam 40% (3 hr); Assignments 20%; Mathematics in Chemistry Revision Module 5%; Tutorials 5%; Laboratory 20%. Semester 3: Assignments (20%); Mathematics in Chemistry Revision Module 5%;Laboratory 25%;Exam 50% (4 hr)

TEACHING PATTERN: Computer based instruction based on a prescribed text and ancillary materials. Semesters 1 & 2: 13 weeks self-paced instruction, 13 tutorials, 6 x 2 hours laboratory sessions. Semester 3: 6 weeks full-time study (120 hours) and 6 x 2 hours laboratory with tutorials by arrangement.

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web dependent - H,L
Some parts of this unit will be taught online
   Resource dependent teaching & learning - H,L
Independent study with provided resources replaces face-to-face or other classes (e.g. lectures)
   Flexible scheduling - H,L
Some classes will be held outside normal teaching hours; e.g. weekend blocks, summer schools etc
About Flexible Study Options

Hobart Co-op Bookshop Website - Semester (Summer)
Launceston Co-op Bookshop Website - Semester (Summer)
Hobart Co-op Bookshop Website - Semester (Sem 1)
Launceston Co-op Bookshop Website - Semester (Sem 2)
Hobart Co-op Bookshop Website - Semester (Sem 2)

STAFF: Dr R Amos(Coordinator Hobart Semesters 1, 2 & 3)and Dr S Turland (Launceston Semester 1) or othe staff to be advised.

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Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.

Campus - H Hobart, L Launceston, W Burnie. Study Centre - V Sydney, R Rozelle, P Beauty Point. Distance units may also have a campus identifier of I Isolated, N Interstate, O Overseas. Units delivered in Transnational Education (TNE) Programs have a campus identifier of A Hangzhou, F Fuzhou, G Shanghai, K KDU Malaysia, Q Kuwait or Y Hong Kong.

Special approval is required for enrolment into TNE Program units - campuses A, F, G, K, Q and Y click here for more information.

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