Fundamentals of Chemistry 1A (CHEM1001)


The aim of the unit of study is to provide those students whose chemical background is weak (or non-existent) with a good grounding in fundamental chemical principles together with an overview of the relevance of chemistry. There is no prerequisite or assumed knowledge for entry to this unit of study. Lectures: A series of 39 lectures, three per week throughout the semester.

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Further unit of study information


Three 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour tutorial per week; one 3 hour practical per week for 9 weeks.


Theory examination (60%), laboratory work (15%), online assignments (10%) and continuous assessment quizzes (15%)


A booklist is available from the First Year Chemistry website.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

There is no assumed knowledge of chemistry for this unit of study but students who have not completed HSC Chemistry (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Chemistry Bridging Course (offered in February).


CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1905 or CHEM1906 or CHEM1909 or CHEM1109

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.