Courses & Units

Chemistry Foundation Unit KRA001

Hobart, Launceston


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.

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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 and in distance mode with weekly tutorial workshops on campus or on-line. The compulsory laboratory sessions can be completed throughout the semester or as a workshop towards the end of semester. Students need to indicate their preference at the start of semester. Semester 3 (Summer School) from the 2nd of January operate as on-line self-paced programs with compulsory laboratory sessions requiring on-campus attendance held in February towards the end of the theoretical component. The laboratory sessions are held either at the Hobart or the Launceston campus. Students are also required to sit an exam during the scheduled exam period.

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.

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 MTG315115 or MTM315117 or MTM415117 or KMA002 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.


Unit name Chemistry Foundation Unit
Unit code KRA001
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry

Dr Curtis Ho (Hobart Semesters 1,2 & 3)

Dr Susan Turland (Launceston Semester 2)

Teaching staff

Dr Curtis Ho (Hobart Semesters 1, 2 & 3), Dr Susan Turland (Launceston, 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 Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart 5 Week Session Jan A Off-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston 5 Week Session Jan A Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020
5 Week Session Jan A 2/1/2020 9/1/2020 22/1/2020 9/2/2020

* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,701.00 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

Semester 3: 6 weeks self-directed full time study (120 hours) with access for help from the Unit Coordinator by email or phone and 2 compulsory laboratory workshop days (14 hours in total)requiring attendance at either the Hobart or Launceston campus.

Semesters 1&2: 2 hr tutorial workshop and either 2.5 hrs practical fortnightly (6 wks) or 2-3 workshop days during semester.


Semester 3: Assignments 35%; Laboratory 20%; Exam 45% (4 hr)

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

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