Fundamentals of Chemistry (Previously: Introduction to Chemistry) - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assessments - On line learning activities (20%) , Invigilated Exam (60%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

This unit introduces fundamental concepts that prepare students for subsequent study in chemistry and support further study in a range of majors.  Students learn about the nature of matter at the molecular level.  This involves learning language, symbols and representations used to describe matter and chemical reactions.  Students develop skills in problem solving and calculations related to chemical quantities, processes and reactions.

This unit is part of the Science Pathway.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the nature of matter at the atomic and molecular level using appropriate language, symbols and representations
  2. use chemical equations to describe chemical reactions
  3. carry out calculations related to chemical quantities, processes and reactions.
  • Assessments — On line learning activities (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (60%)
  • Quizzes — Online Quizzes (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

You should have some prior knowledge of chemistry at Year 10 level (third year in WA secondary schools) or equivalent and a reasonable grounding in basic mathematics.

  • Additional materials — You will need to have access to a basic non-programmable scientific calculator
  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — This unit uses an online learning platform, Mastering Chemistry. System requirements for Mastering Chemistry can be found at:

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The nature of Matter
5Chemical composition
6States of Matter
7Chemical reactions
8Chemical quantities
9Organic compounds

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

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.

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