Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology

Foundation Units

Foundation units are available in Chemistry (KRA001), Life Science (KPZ005), Mathematics (KMA003/KMA002), Physics (KYA004) and Computing (KIT001) for students wishing to satisfy pre-requisites for entry at first-year level in these disciplines.

Chemistry Foundation Unit (KRA001)

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 topics of direct relevance as a background to the first year 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.

Students who do not have the necessary prerequisites for this unit should enrol in KRA001 Chemistry Foundation Unit and KMA003 Mathematics Foundation Unit. 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.

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 a laboratory session held after the completion of a 6-week theoretical component.

Chemistry Foundation Unit - School of Chemistry website

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Life Science Foundation Unit (KPZ005)

The unit provides both conceptual and practical knowledge of introductory biological science for students. Theoretical topics include: basic chemistry of life; osmosis; diffusion and active transport; the cell concept; an introduction to genetics and evolution, and the classification of living organisms. Generic skills in academic writing (report and essay format) and computer literacy (word processing, data handling) will be gained. Practical skills include the correct use of microscopes; estimating the size of microscopic objects; dissection skills; observation and drawing from slides; and other hands-on practical experience. This program will provide guidance to the standards required during first year studies in life sciences, especially study and examination techniques.

The Life Sciences Foundation Unit is offered by the School of Biological Sciences (previously known as Plant Science and Zoology) on the Hobart campus, in February the week preceding the start of semester, and comprises 12 x 1.5 hour tutorials (21.5 contact hours) over five days, with a supplementary online component, as a series of weekly tutorials in semester two.

For further details contact Dr Ashley Edwards from the School of Zoology or Dr Rob Wiltshire from the School of Plant Science or email Ashley.Edwards@utas.edu.au or Rob.Wiltshire@utas.edu.au. Alternatively, the Schools of Zoology and Plant Science can be contacted on (03) 6226 2613 or (03) 6226 2603 respectively.

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Mathematics Foundation Unit (KMA003)

The subject is taught through a combination of independent learning, lectures and tutorials. This program is for students who are planning to enrol at the University of Tasmania in a first-year unit in commerce, computing, science or engineering that requires mathematics as a pre-requisite.

This unit is offered in Semester 3 (Summer)- Hobart (and by distance), Cradle Coast and Launceston Campus; Semester 2 offered in Hobart (face to face lectures) and by video-conference to Launceston and Cradle Coast Campus (all subject to numbers).

For further details contact the SET Faculty Office (03) 6226 2125.

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Applied Mathematics Foundation Unit (KMA002)

Applied Mathematics Foundation Unit covers college level mathematics with non-calculus based content. The aim of this unit is to prepare students for the subjects which require basic algebra, data handling and statistics or discrete mathematics as part of their tertiary study. Topics studied include: set theory concepts and notations, linear algebra, index and logarithm laws, sequences and series, trigonometry, probability, combinatorics and statistics. On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to read and communicate in relevant mathematical language and notation, use numerical calculations to solve real-world problems and graphically represent and interpret experimental data.

This unit is offered in Semester 1 and 2 - Hobart, Launceston and Cradle Coast Campus (all subject to numbers).

For further details contact the SET Faculty Office (03) 6226 2125.

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Physics Foundation Unit (KYA004)

This unit is taught through a combination of independent learning, lectures, tutorials and prac sessions. The aim of the unit is to provide students with an understanding of some key areas of physics: forces, energy and work and momentum, mechanics and dynamics. It assists students in analysing and synthesizing information, problem solving and carrying out scientific experiments and provides a competency in physics to a level appropriate for further studies in physics.

Students who successfully complete the Physics Foundation Unit and who have satisfied one of the following - pass in MTM315109 (TCE Mathematics Methods) or KMA003 (Mathematics Foundation Unit) - will be eligible for enrolment in first year Physics units at the University of Tasmania. In addition, students who successfully complete the unit will qualify for entry into any other units or degree programs which have PHY315109 (TCE Physics) or equivalent as a prerequisite.

For further details contact the SET Faculty Office (03) 6226 2125.

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Programming Preparation (KIT001)

This unit will provide students with an introduction to computer programming and its role in problem solving. The fundamental concepts of programming will be introduced. These include: the memory model, data types, declarations, expressions and statements, control structures, block structure, methods and parameters, classes and objects, exception handling, graphical user interfaces, and text-based input and output. The unit is an applied unit with a focus on engaging students in gaining practical skills and abilities as well as an understanding of general-purpose programming. Students will undertake their programming in Python.

If you would like to find out more information, please contact the School of Computing and Information Systems - Freecall: 1800 733 743, Email: Secretary@cis.utas.edu.au.

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