Courses & Units

Introduction to Chemistry KRA161

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.  The laboratory component will be offered on the Hobart and Launceston campuses.


This unit can provide you with an introduction to chemical principles sufficient to be used as a pre-requisite for first Year chemistry units that are part of a chemistry major 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. This unit covers introductory chemistry for students with no previous knowledge of chemistry who intend to study the biological sciences. It does not form part of a Biology major but is taken as an elective unit. This unit explores the basic chemical concepts with a particular focus on biological systems and processes such as bonding and structure of organic molecules, aerobic respiration, ions in physiological systems, nutrient cycles and photosynthesis. Topics include fundamental chemical bonding theory, molecular geometry and interactions, reaction types and equilibria, introductory organic chemistry, and introductory thermodynamics. The laboratory program introduces basic techniques and skills commonly used in chemistry relevant to the biological sciences, along with reinforcing chemical concepts with practical experience. To complete this component of the unit, students must attend to complete a set of laboratory exercises. For students selecting an on-campus mode of study, you must attend fortnightly lab sessions throughout semester and students that have enrolled as a distance student you must attend a laboratory workshop delivered in the last week of semester. Both options are on campus at either the Hobart or Launceston campus.


Unit name Introduction to Chemistry
Unit code KRA161
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry
Coordinator Doctor Susan Turland
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
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online 5 Week Session Jan A Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Jan A 2/1/2024 9/1/2024 19/1/2024 4/2/2024
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024
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

  • Explain the fundamental concepts of chemical structure and bonding.
  • Apply the theories of chemical reactions and equilibria to perform basic chemical analyses.
  • Describe basic chemical processes in biological systems.
  • Perform fundamental experimental techniques safely and competently in the laboratory.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010599 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,978.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
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Teaching Pattern


Tutorial: scheduled 2 hr weekly tutorial Laboratory sessions: 6 x three hour sessions will be scheduled fortnightly Lectures: 3 hrs/week to engage with the online resources provided. (141h)


Workshop: scheduled 2 hr weekly tutorial Laboratory Block: 2 scheduled days during week 13 Lectures: 3 hrs/week to engage with the online resources provided. (141h)


online class: 2x3hr/week tutorial Practical: 2 day lab lectures: 39 hrs/sem (141h)


AssessmentAT4: Laboratory|AT2: Mid-Semester Test (10%)|AT3: Chemistry Pamphlet (20%)|AT1: Online Assignments (30%)|AT5: Examination (40%)
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