Fundamentals of Chemistry (Previously: Introduction to Chemistry) - 2016

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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
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam (60%) , Mid-study period test (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

Chemistry concepts are an important part of understanding many biological, marine and environmental processes.  This unit introduces fundamental chemistry concepts to prepare students for further studies in chemistry or such disciplines as indicated above.  Topics include atomic and molecular structures, states of matter, chemical symbols and equations, simple reaction types, the mole concept, valency, periodicity, bonding, chemical stoichiometry, gas laws, concentration, chemical equilibrium, kinetics, acids and bases, pH, titrations, redox reactions, organic nomenclature, properties of hydrocarbons, alcohols and carboxylic acids.

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This introductory unit caters for students who have not studied chemistry beyond Year 10 (third year West Australian secondary school) or equivalent. It provides a preparation for further studies in the physical, biological, environmental, veterinary and medical sciences and everyday applications of chemistry.

  • Invigilated Exam (60%)
  • Mid-study period test (20%)
  • 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.

1Measurements and calculations
4Chemical foundations: elements, atoms and ions
6Chemical reactions: an Introduction
7Reactions in aqueous solutions
8Chemical composition
9Chemical quantities
10Modern atomic theory
11Chemical bonding
13Liquids and solids
16Acids and bases
17Oxidation - reduction reactions
18Organic chemistry

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

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

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry Custom Edition


    ISBN: 9781488609879


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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