Foundations of Chemistry

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Foundations of Chemistry

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This unit provides an introduction to the principles and practical aspects of chemistry. The unit does not assume prior knowledge of chemistry and can prepare students for entry to CBMS102 and CBMS103. Additionally it is intended as a one semester general purpose unit for non-science and science majors, including non-chemistry majors. The central focus of the unit is to make chemistry understandable and interesting and to teach some problem-solving skills that are useful in other studies and in the world beyond university, particularly in the workforce. The unit introduces atoms and molecules; elements and compounds; physical and chemical properties; the periodic table; mass and energy aspects of chemical reactions; and many other chemical concepts such as equilibrium at a basic level. Carbon compounds and biomolecules are to be introduced. Chemical principles are related to the real lives of students and our world, with topics such as global warming, air pollution, acid rain, energy production and renewable fuels.

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.