Courses & Units

Chemistry for Life Sciences KRA161

Hobart, Launceston


This unit cannot be studied co-currently with KRA001 Foundation Chemistry. These units are mutually exclusive.

Satisfactory completion of the laboratory component is an essential requirement for students to pass this unit.


This unit explores the chemistry of skeletal muscles - bonding and interactions that allow muscles to work, and nutrient cycles - carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus - reactions and their conditions. Through these themes, this unit covers introductory chemistry for students with no previous knowledge of chemistry who intend to study science, particularly the biological sciences.

This unit can either be undertaken fully on campus with fortnightly laboratory sessions or off-campus – (online) with a lab workshop at the end of semester.  Tutorials, on campus or online, are compulsory and attendance is monitored. It is a requirement that the student indicate their preference at the start of semester.


Unit name Chemistry for Life Sciences
Unit code KRA161
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry

Dr Susan Turland

Teaching staff

Dr Curtis Ho

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
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
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* 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 2019.

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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.


Mutual Exclusions

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

KRA161 is mutually exclusive with KRA001 and KRA121.


Teaching Pattern

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


1-hr mid-semester test (10%), fortnightly online tests (30%), 3-hr end-of-semester exam (50%), Creative assignment (10%)

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