Essentials of Chemistry - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Exercises - Scenario-based problems (30%) , Online Discussion - Contribute to topic discussion (10%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 1,169.00
HECS 1,169.00
International 1,450.00

Essentials of Chemistry is an introductory subject for students with minimal background or no previous study in chemistry. The subject introduces chemistry topics with a real-world focus that prepares students to advance to further studies in chemistry and related fields of science. The subject will introduce and reinforce chemistry concepts, knowledge and skills that will enable students to apply chemical principles and practice during their science course and in future employment.

Upon successful completion of this subject you should be able to:

  1. communicate (including read and write) in the language of chemistry; interpreting and using chemical symbols, conventions and nomenclature
  2. apply concepts of chemical structure to explain the properties of matter, exploit different types of chemical reactions to create new molecules, and evaluate the extent to which reactions may occur
  3. employ the scientific method that supports evidence-based practice
  4. manipulate quantitative relationships to solve chemistry problems.
  • Exercises — Scenario-based problems (30%)
  • Online Discussion — Contribute to topic discussion (10%)
  • Quizzes — Module Quizzes (40%)
  • Report — Practical exercise reports (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — This subject is offered via Open Universities Australia. La Trobe University students can undertake this subject as part of a cross institutional enrolment under certain circumstances, and must seek approval from the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Course Coordinator for eligibility. Due to the nature of the subject content and online delivery, enrolments are generally not permitted past the published OUA enrolment date for the study period.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Chemistry
2Organic Chemistry
3Physical Principles of Chemistry

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links
  • Simulations

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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