Introductory Chemistry I


Introduces chemistry, focusing on the foundation concepts of chemistry. It examines basic atomic and molecular structure, introduces the chemistry of carbon compounds, and illustrates basic physical concepts central to an understanding in the discipline. This is one of two foundation subjects in the key central scientific discipline of chemistry, providing core knowledge in science, engineering and life sciences.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Be familiar with basic concepts in chemistry relevant to the professional practice of chemistry, environmental science, biotechnology, biomedical science and engineering

2. Have developed an understanding of the breadth, established knowledge base and applicability of chemistry

3. Have established an appreciation of the central role of chemistry in science and technology

4. Have developed an understanding and knowledge of basic key concepts central to chemical science

5. Have developed an understanding of the elements of chemical language, representations, structures and symbolism

6. Have been provided introductory experience of the scientific methods employed in chemistry

7. Have developed elementary skills in laboratory methods applied in analytical and experimental tasks involving chemistry

8. Have developed skills in the scientific method of conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments

9. Have developed some understanding of the safe practice and responsibilities residing in scientific and chemically-based work


The course involves study of the following topics, illustrated where appropriate with relevant examples from applicable areas:

  1. Introduction to Atomic and Molecular Concepts


  1. matter, atoms and elements
  2. molecules and compounds
  3. equations and stoichiometry
  4. reactions - energy and enthalpy


  1. Introduction to Organic Chemistry:


  1. orbitals and hybridisation
  2. saturated compounds - alkanes and cycloalkanes
  3. unsaturated compounds - alkenes and alkynes
  4. aromatic compounds - benzene
  5. applications of spectroscopy


  1. Foundation Physical Concepts in Chemistry :


  1. atomic structure
  2. electron configurations of elements
  3. bonding and structure
  4. gases
  5. chemical equilibria


This course has similarities to CHEM1110. If you have successfully completed CHEM1110 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Students returning to study after some time since HSC are advised to take an PREP094 Introduction to Undergraduate Chemistry refresher course before commencing this course. Students without HSC Chemistry are strongly advised to take both PREP079 Foundation Chemistry and PREP094 Introduction to Undergraduate Chemistry refresher course as a minimum.

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Written exam covering foundation concepts of chemistry *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Reports *

Quiz: Online quizzes

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must participate in and submit laboratory reports for all five (5) experiments ("wet labs") and obtain a passing grade of at least 50%.
  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term