Introductory Chemistry I

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introductory Chemistry I

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    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.


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

    1. demonstrate familiarity with the basic concepts in Chemistry relevant to the professional practice in the fields of environmental science, biotechnology, biomedical science and engineering;

    2. appreciate the central role of Chemistry in science and technology, the breadth of established knowledge and applicability of Chemistry;

    3. understand the key Chemistry concepts and their applicability to their chosen fields or programs;

    4. understand the basic elements of chemical language, representations, structures and symbolism.


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

    1. Introduction to Atomic and Molecular Concepts:

    • matter, atoms and elements
    • molecules and compounds
    • equations and stoichiometry
    • reactions - energy and enthalpy

    2. Foundation Physical Concepts in Chemistry:

    • gases
    • atomic structure
    • electron configurations of elements
    • bonding and structure
    • chemical equilibria

    3. Introduction to Organic Chemistry:

    • orbitals and hybridisation
    • saturated compounds - alkanes and cycloalkanes
    • unsaturated compounds - alkenes and alkynes
    • Chirality
    • aromatic compounds - benzene


    Contact hours
    Integrated Learning Session
    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks

    Three, two hour workshops for the semester term. When the course is offered for a summer term the contact hours will be 6 hours of integrated learning sessions for the full term.

    Face to Face On Campus 39 hour(s) per Term Full Term

    For a summer/winter term the lectures may be delivered as face to face compressed in to the shorter term or blended with online lectures combined with face to face workshops.

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

    Three, three hour workshops for the term if the course is delivered in a semester term. When the course is offered for a summer term the contact hours will be 9 hours of workshops for the full term.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.