Courses & Units

Chemistry 1A KRA101

This unit is being phased out, no new enrolments are being taken.


Students who do not have the necessary prerequisites for this unit should enrol in KRA001, Chemistry Foundation Unit and KMA003, Mathematics Foundation Unit. A chemistry major is recognised by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) as meeting the requirements for Graduate Member (MRACI) provided that either a mathematics or physics unit is also taken at 1st year level in addition to both KRA101 and KRA102.  Lab coat and safety glasses are required.


Chemistry 1A (Semester 1) and Chemistry 1B (Semester 2) are core units for the Chemistry major, Environmental Science and Biomedical Science students and give an introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry. Both units build on the introduction to chemistry given in year 12 and provide a foundation to four of the sub-disciplines of chemistry: inorganic, organic, analytical and physical chemistry.
Chemistry 1A provides students with the fundamental knowledge and concepts in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Inorganic Chemistry (Chemical Bonding and Structure) covers atomic structure, bonding theories, the systematic chemistry of s- and p- block elements. Organic Chemistry covers bonding of carbon, nomenclature of organic compounds, and the properties, preparation and reactivities of alkanes, alkenes and alkynes. It introduces dienes, optical isomerism, alcohols, ethers and organic halogen compounds. Physical Chemistry in this unit involves a study of the behaviour of gases, the solubility of gases and inorganic and organic compounds, chemical and solution equilibria, colligative properties, acids, bases and buffers.
KRA101 and KRA102 emphasize:
The development of an understanding of the underlying concepts in chemistry, so that generalisations regarding the physical and chemical properties of substances can be made.
The development of problem solving ability.
The expansion of the skills necessary to carry out experiments safely and efficiently in the laboratory.


Unit name Chemistry 1A
Unit code KRA101
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? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


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Learning Outcomes

  • Relate atomic structures to the properties of elements and molecular structures to the properties of compounds.
  • Demonstrate a theoretical and practical knowledge of the occurrence, synthesis, properties and reactions of a number of classes of organic compounds.
  • Demonstrate the relationships between, and the interconversion of, the various types of functional groups, and an understanding of substitution and addition reaction mechanisms.
  • Develop and apply an understanding of the behaviour of gases and the gas laws.
  • Explain the behaviour of electrolyte and non-electrolyte solutions, and the solubility of materials in water.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of general principles governing chemical equilibria, the behaviour of acids, bases and pH buffers in water-based systems.
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Teaching Pattern

On-campus: 3-hr lectures and 1-hr tutorial weekly (13 wks), 3-hr practical weekly (8 wks) - pracs start week 3.

AssessmentTest 1 (10%)|Test 2 (10%)|Examination (60%)|Lab reports (20%)
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