Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Essentials of Chemistry is an introductory subject for students with minimal background or no previous study in chemistry. The subject introduces chemistry topics with a real-world focus that prepares students to advance to further studies in chemistry and related fields of science. The subject will introduce and reinforce chemistry concepts, knowledge and skills that will enable students to apply chemical principles and practice during their science course and in future employment.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEvan Robertson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: HBFN, HBFNX, HOUA


Incompatible subjects CHE1CHF, CHE1GEN

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is offered via Open Universities Australia. La Trobe University students can undertake this subject as part of a cross institutional enrolment under certain circumstances, and must seek approval from the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Course Coordinator for eligibility. Due to the nature of the subject content and online delivery, enrolments are generally not permitted past the published OUA enrolment date for the study period.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsChemistry: Human Activity, Chemical ReactivityPrescribedMahaffy, Bucat, Tasker, Kotz, Treichel, Weaver,2nd International EDITION; ISBN: 0-176-10437-2.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Communicate (including read and write) in the language of chemistry; interpreting and using chemical symbols, conventions and nomenclature.

Online activities, quizzes, scenario based problems, home-based practicals

02. Apply concepts of chemical structure to explain the properties of matter, exploit different types of chemical reactions to create new molecules, and evaluate the extent to which reactions may occur.

Online activities, quizzes, scenario based problems, discussion forum

03. Employ the scientific method that supports evidence-base practice.

Home-based practicals and associated reports

04. Manipulate quantitative relationships to solve chemistry problems.

Online activities, quizzes, scenario based problems.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2017, OUA Study Period 4, Online


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEvan Robertson

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 49
One 1.0 hours block mode per week on any day including weekend during the day in week 49 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Module Quizzes (1500 word equiv)Quizzes at the end of each module to test content knowledge. Automatically graded and randomised from a bank of questions.40 01, 02, 04
Scenario-based Problems (1250 word equiv)A series of problems, related to the topics presented in each module.30 01, 02, 04
Practical Exercises (750 word equiv)Reports on activities to be conducted in a home context20 01, 03
Topic discussions and peer review (500 word equiv)Contribution to regular topic discussions and peer review10 01, 02