Subject details

This Unit Covers:

  • Chapter 1: What is chemistry?
  • Chapter 2: A particle view of matter
  • Chapter 3: Metals
  • Chapter 4: Ionic Compounds
  • Chapter 5: Molecular covalent substances
  • Chapter 6: Network covalent substances
  • Chapter 7: Intermolecular forces
  • Chapter 8: Revision of atomic structure and bonding
  • Chapter 9: Basic reacting quantities
  • Chapter 10: Calculations from chemical equations
  • Chapter 11: Acids and basis
  • Chapter 12: Quantitative Analysis
  • Chapter 13: Reacting quantities summary
  • Chapter 14: Gases of the Atmosphere
  • Chapter 15: Gas Laws
  • Chapter 16: Oxidation and Reduction
  • Chapter 17: Electrochemical Cells
  • Chapter 18: Electrolysis
  • Chapter 19:Chemical Periodicity and the Periodic Table
  • Chapter 20: Organic Chemistry Part 1 - Hydrocarbons
  • Chapter 21: Organic Chemistry Part 2 - Other Organic Compounds
  • Chapter 22: Energy
  • Chapter 23: Rate of Reaction
  • Chapter 24: Equilibrium and Equilibrium Constant
  • Chapter 25: Equilibria in Aqueous Solution
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Print materials

      • Book of readings
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Simulations
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:


Sound knowledge of general mathematics (Algebra) is required (UNL31) or an equivalent mathematics.

Special requirements

No special requirements

The unit is a preparatory chemistry unit designed to help you gain the necessary knowledge to enter into a tertiary degree for careers in the sciences or health sector. The concepts covered in this unit are: the periodic table; gas laws; chemical bonding; rates of reaction; chemical equilibrium; acids and bases; chemical energy; oxidation and reduction; and organic chemistry.

This unit includes individual tutorial support with an experienced high school chemistry teacher. Tutorial support is via email, phone and an online classroom with discussion forums.  There is also a Unilearn Student Support Officer available to help you throughout your study. This subject provides 4 core credits towards your QCE.

The unit has flexible enrolment dates to meet your needs. Start your study when you want and complete the unit any time within the 12 month enrolment window. This unit is equivalent to year 11/12 Chemistry. This subject requires a minimum of 220 hours or 18 weeks to complete. The 18-week option is only available to you if you complete the subject in the online classroom. For international students, an additional $150 is applied to your unit for postage and handling of overseas materials.

The final exam is not included in the unit price. The cost of the exam is $75 (International exams $150). For more information please call the Student Advisor team on 13OPEN (13 6736) or visit

Note: Most students take 540 hours to complete the degree as the 220 minimum hours is the learning in the textbook only and does not take into account completing homework, reading time, tutorial help and progress tests. Please keep this in mind when nominating to complete in an accelerated time frame.

  • Progress tests (10%)
  • Practice questions (0%)
  • Invigilation by provider (80%)
  • Lab Activities (10%)

Textbook information is pending.