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.

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

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge: There is no assumed knowledge of chemistry for this unit of study, but students who have not undertaken an HSC chemistry course are strongly advised to complete a chemistry bridging course before lectures commence.


CHEM1906, CHEM1909, CHEM1901, CHEM1101, CHEM1905, CHEM1109, CHEM1903

Study this unit outside a degree

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.