Not currently offered
Course code



20 units



Course handbook


Designed to introduce concepts in the physical and life sciences. Topics in the Chemistry component include an introduction to the study of the basic chemistry required for further studies in the physical and life sciences: the concepts of atoms, molecules and ions; the periodic table; chemical compounds and formulae; bonding; basic shapes of molecules; chemical amounts and the mole concept; solution studies; and acids, pH and buffers. In the Life Sciences component, students will study the basic concepts of cell biology, anatomy and physiology, the components of the cell, osmosis, homeostasis, body systems, tissues and organs, body functions and important biochemical reactions. Utilizing a range of approaches, students will develop skills in observation, research and communication modes appropriate to further study in Life Sciences, Nursing, Environmental, Biological and Chemical Science and Engineering.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Express scientific ideas in a logical, coherent fashion

2. Work individually and in groups in both practical and theoretical contexts in the verbal communication of scientific ideas.

3. Research existing theory and applying scientific method in practical contexts.

4. Solve simple problems in both practical and theoretical contexts.

5. Use relevant technology in support of scientific inquiry.


EPCHEM314 Introduction to Chemistry and the Life Sciences covers:

  1. pure substances and mixtures.
  2. atoms, molecules, and ions.
  3. simple atomic models.
  4. the periodic table.
  5. chemical compounds, formulae, bonding and basic shapes of molecules.
  6. simple chemical reactions.
  7. chemical amounts and the mole concept.
  8. energy.
  9. solution studies.
  10. carbon chemistry.
  11. components of animal cells and their functions.
  12. anatomy.
  13. body systems and organs.
  14. body functions and homeostasis.
  15. important biochemical reactions.


You cannot enrol in this course if you have successfully completed or are enrolled in EPCHEM137, EPBIOL259, EPHLTH170, EPHLTH270 or EPHLTH370.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Written Assignment: Assignments

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Exam

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Reports

Formal Examination: Final Exam

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