Courses & Units

Chemistry Foundation Unit KRA001

Launceston, Hobart


Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your semester 2 studies online in 2021. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.


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 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.


Unit name Chemistry Foundation Unit
Unit code KRA001
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry
Coordinator Doctor Susan Turland
Available as student elective? No
Level Foundation


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
5 Week Session Jan A 3/1/2022 10/1/2022 20/1/2022 6/2/2022
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of introductory chemical principles and theories.
  • Apply chemical principles and theories to predict and explain the chemical and physical properties of substances, their structure and the interactions that take place between them.
  • Display competence in working in an individual and team environment both within a learning space and laboratory space.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills from experimental and theoretical approaches, in addition to knowing when to accept evidence contrary to established beliefs.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
not applicable

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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.

AssessmentQuizzes (30%)|Test (10%)|Examination (50%)|Lab reports|Assignment (10%)
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Required Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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