Unit description

Provides an introduction to basic chemical concepts in inorganic and organic chemistry. It includes atomic and molecular theory, bonding, the periodic table, and chemical reactions important in understanding the nature of geological materials, chemical processes in biological systems, water chemistry, and pollution. Laboratory classes complement lecture content, and provide experience in basic practical techniques.

Unit content

  • Introduction to chemistry for the non-scientist
  • Atomic theory, structure, the periodic table, chemical formula
  • Chemical bonding
  • Chemical reactions and equation
  • Mass, moles, molarity, stoichiometry
  • Gases, liquids and solids and their intermolecular forces
  • Solutions and concentrations
  • Acids, bases, pH, oxidation and reduction
  • Inorganic and organic chemistry
  • Nuclear chemistry
  • Chemistry of the earth

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • An electronic only textbook has been prescribed to reduce cost to students. Access instructions provided two weeks before Session 2: OpenStax, 2018, Foundations of chemistry, Current edition, Top Hat, Top Hat.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Laboratory session 3 hours (11 weeks)
Exam: practical20%
Exam: closed book35%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Laboratory session 8 hours (4 days over 1 week)
Exam: closed book35%
Exam: practical20%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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