Courses & Units

Chemistry 1A KRA113


This unit (along with Chemistry 1B in Semester 2) is the required prerequisite for students intending to major in Chemistry and for those intending to proceed to any second-year chemistry unit. The unit builds on the introduction to chemistry given in year 12 and provides a foundation to four of the sub disciplines of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Emphasis is placed on: • Explaining underlying concepts in chemistry, so that generalisations regarding the physical and chemical properties of substances can be made. • Developing problem solving abilities. • Developing and expanding the skills necessary to carry out experiments safely and efficiently in the laboratory. The unit is delivered in blended mode with the equivalent of 36 hours of lecture content provided as recordings via MyLO across 12 weeks, complemented with 2 hours weekly face-to-face or online workshops / tutorials and 24 hours (or equivalent) laboratory experience, either undertaken as weekly 3 hour laboratory sessions or an intensive block of laboratory sessions over 2-3 days late in the semester. Whilst the unit is formally offered in on-campus study mode, the blended delivery mode combined with the intensive block of laboratory sessions over 2-3 days late in the semester provides an option for “off-campus” study – students wishing to undertake the unit in the “off-campus” study mode should contact the Unit Coordinator for further details.


Unit name Chemistry 1A
Unit code KRA113
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry
Coordinator Doctor Nathan Kilah
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Predict structure and properties of molecules by applying atomic structure and bonding theory.
  • Discuss the structure and reactivity of alkyl halide, alkene, and aromatic compounds.
  • Solve mathematical and chemical problems using thermochemical and colligative data.
  • Demonstrate chemistry laboratory procedures safely and to a competent standard.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



CHM415115 Chemistry or KRA161 (or equivalent) and any of MTG315115 General Mathematics, MTM315117 Mathematics Methods – Foundation, MTM415117 Mathematics Methods, KMA002, KMA003 or KMA100.

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

The equivalent of 36 hours of lecture content provided as recordings via MyLO across 12 weeks, complemented with 24 hours of face-to-face workshop / tutorial (2 hours weekly) and 21 hours (or equivalent) laboratory experience (weekly 3 hour sessions). The unit is not offered in an Off Campus mode, but students who wish to attend at a distance can engage with the equivalent of 36 hours of lecture content provided as recordings via MyLO across 12 weeks, complemented with 2 hours weekly online workshop / tutorial and 21 hours (or equivalent) laboratory experience in an intensive block over 2-3 days in week 13 of semester.

AssessmentLaboratory|Quizzes (x9) (20%)|Examination (40%)|Tests (x3) (40%)
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A. Blackman, S.E. Bottle, S. Schmid, M. Mocerino and U. Wille, Chemistry (5th edition), ISBN: 978-0-730-39667-3. Earlier editions are also acceptable, but may contain errors which are corrected in later versions.,+5th+Edition-p-9780730396673


Chemistry 1A Lecture Notes, UTas (from MyLO).

Chemistry 1A Laboratory Manual, UTas (provided).

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