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Essentials of Chemistry

Undergraduate | LTU-CHM101 | 2024

Start a chain reaction with a grounding in chemistry designed to get you ready for further study. Perfect for students without a background in chemistry,you'll cover general chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry, with a real-world focus. 

Study method
100% online
100% online
Enrol by
19 May 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
26 Feb 2024,
27 May 2024,
26 Aug 2024,
25 Nov 2024

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Essentials of Chemistry

About this subject

  • On successful completion you will 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-base practice.
    4. Manipulate quantitative relationships to solve chemistry problems.

Entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LTU-CHM111 (Not currently available)


Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed CHE1CHF (Chemistry Foundations), or CHE1GEN (General Principles of Chemistry) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - To conduct kitchen-based practicals, foodstuffs and household products may need to be purchased, to a maximum value of AUD $50. Late enrolments are generally not permitted past the published close of application date for the study period. For students not enrolled in the prerequisite courses, you may be able to undertake these subjects with approval of your home course coordinator, please contact ASK La Trobe for assistance. A good internet connection is required due to the online delivery.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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