This subject requires on campus attendance. Refer to Additional Requirements for more information.

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Foundations in Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences 1

Undergraduate | MAQ-CHEX1001 | 2024

Examine the smallest building blocks of matter in this exploration of molecular science. You’ll learn basic theories and methods of chemistry—online and in the lab. Discover how biomolecular science tackles challenges in health, sustainability, and more.

Study method
Online & on-campus
Subject may require attendance
Enrol by
14 July 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
22 July 2024

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Foundations in Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences 1

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

    1. Use the language and principles of chemical science to explore the composition and properties of matter and discuss how molecular sciences are important in our lives.
    2. Name and write (or describe) the chemical structures for representative inorganic and organic compounds, including peptides, carbohydrates and nucleic acids.
    3. Analyse the chemical structure of chemical compounds to predict their function, reactivity and physical properties.
    4. Calculate the physical quantities that characterize chemical composition, including solids and solutions, as well as chemical reactions.
    5. Demonstrate laboratory skills used for the preparation, separation and analysis of chemical compounds, including an understanding of general laboratory safety procedures.
    6. Record and analyse scientific data, as well as communicate conclusions using the basic elements of scientific report preparation.

Entry requirements


NCCW (pre-2020 units): CBMS107, CBMS103
NCCW (2020 and onwards): CHEM1001 Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 1

Additional requirements

  • Attendance requirements - Attendance is required for four days at the Macquarie University Campus in North Ryde (Sydney, NSW). The session dates will be confirmed.
  • Other requirements -

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA subjects offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in subjects through OUA will be withdrawn.

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.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Science

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