Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Often referred to as a 'Central Science', Chemistry is the study of chemicals and chemical processes that underpin physical and biological phenomena. Chemistry impacts and interacts with our lives on a daily basis, including the food we eat, the medicine we take, and the energy we use.

CHEM1010 is the first of two foundation subjects in the key central scientific discipline of chemistry, providing core knowledge and skills, useful in science, engineering and life sciences.

In CHEM1010, students will explore the primary concepts of chemistry, including basic atomic and molecular structure, the chemistry of carbon compounds, and principal physical concepts of the discipline.



  • Summer 2 - 2022
  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. describe and apply basic atomic and molecular concepts;

2. recognise and use chemical language, representations, structures and symbolism;

3. describe and apply foundational physical chemistry concepts;

4. recognise, identify, name and be able to cite examples of isomers and organic functional groups and their reactions;

5. recognise basic chemistry concepts and apply them to their chosen fields of study or programs;

6. participate in and contribute to group problem solving.


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

2. Foundation Physical Concepts in Chemistry:

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

3. Introduction to Organic Chemistry:

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


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

Assumed knowledge

Students who have completed HSC Chemistry within the last two years are encouraged to complete EPPREP941 Introduction to Undergraduate Chemistry (Advanced) before commencing CHEM1010.

Students who have completed HSC Chemistry three or more years ago are advised to complete EPPREP940 Introduction to Undergraduate Chemistry before commencing CHEM1010.

Students who have not completed HSC Chemistry are strongly advised to complete both EPPREP790 Foundation Chemistry and EPPREP940 Introduction to Undergraduate Chemistry before commencing CHEM1010.

Further information about EPPREP790, EPPREP940, EPPREP941, and other NUPrep bridging and refresher courses can be found here: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/study/pathways/nuprep/courses

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Written exam covering foundation concepts of chemistry

Written Assignment: In class assessment based on the six, three hour workshops *

Quiz: Online quizzes based on lecture

* 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:

  • Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend 5 out of 6 (80%) workshops and complete the required assessment items to pass the course.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term

For a summer or winter term the lectures may be compressed for the shorter term.


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

When the course is offered over summer or winter term, the contact hours will be 18 hours of workshops for the full term delivered face to face.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.