Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
    • The nature of Matter
    • Elements
    • Compounds
    • Measurement
    • Chemical composition
    • States of Matter
    • Chemical reactions
    • Chemical quantities
    • Organic compounds
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

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


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.

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    This unit uses an online learning platform, Mastering Chemistry. System requirements for Mastering Chemistry can be found at:

    You will need to have access to a basic non-programmable scientific calculator.

This subject was previously known as Introduction to Chemistry.

This subject 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 subject is part of the Science Pathway.

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  • On line learning activities (20%)
  • Online Quizzes (20%)
  • Closed book inivigilated exam (60%)

Textbook information is pending.

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