Courses & Units

Chemistry of Materials KRA170

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


1. This unit is restricted to Engineering students only.  Students enrolling in the combined Bachelor of Science-Bachelor of Engineering (N3C) complete KRA170 before taking KRA113/KRA114.

2. There is a need to attend Hobart for two days to complete laboratory sessions.


Develops a basic knowledge of chemistry and chemical principles necessary for the understanding of the physical and chemical properties of materials. Topics include an introduction to chemical theory, bonding and intermolecular forces, water chemistry, metals, alloys, silicates, glasses, cements, equilibria, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, petroleum, chemical explosives and polymer chemistry.


Unit name Chemistry of Materials
Unit code KRA170
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Physical Sciences
Discipline Chemistry

Dr Nathan Kilah

Teaching staff

Dr Stuart Thickett, Prof Michael Breadmore

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


This unit is currently unavailable.


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Band Field of Education
2 010501

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  • PSC315114 Physical Sciences and MTM415117 Mathematics Methods


Mutual Exclusions

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

KRA161 and KRA121


Teaching Pattern

12 weeks self-directed study (120 hours) with access for help from the Unit Coordinator by email or phone and 6 x 2 hours compulsory laboratory sessions held over two days at the Hobart Campus


3-hr end-of-semester exam (60%), laboratory work(20%), assignments (10%), mid-semester test (10%)

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