SPECIAL NOTE: Satisfactory completion of the laboratory component is an essential requirement for students to pass this unit.
Key Semester Dates
Final WW Date*
* 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).
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.
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.
FLEXIBLE & ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS 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
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.