Many courses in science have assumed knowledge which are subjects we expect you to have studied before you begin this course. If you don't have the assumed knowledge you won't be excluded from the course but you might find it difficult to manage the work, as your lecturer will assume you have this knowledge.
Our bridging courses run during February, just before the beginning of Semester one.
We recommend you take a bridging course if you’re about to start studying a course and you do not have the assumed knowledge you need for it. It is also an excellent refresher if you are returning to study.
We will offer the following bridging courses in 2013:
|Course||Dates||Days||Time||Cost (GST free)|
|Biology||30 January-5 February 2013||Weekdays||9:00am - 5:00pm||$310|
|Chemistry||6-14 February 2013||Weekdays||9:30am - 4:30pm||$310|
|Chemistry (for Health Sciences)||15-22 February 2013||Weekdays||9:30am - 4:30pm||$300|
(2-unit and Ext. 1)
|11-26 February 2013||Weekdays||10:00am - 12:00pm||$375|
(2-unit and Ext. 1)
|11 February - 28 February 2013||Mon - Thu||6:00pm - 8:00pm||$375|
|Physics||21 February - 1 March 2013||Weekdays||9:30am - 4:30pm||$350|
Before you register you should check which bridging course is right for you. There is a $25 administration fee for changing your mind.
Registrations are now open. Visit the Bridging Courses Enrolment page to register.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING REGISTRATION DEADLINES:
Mathematics Bridging Course registration closes at midnight on Thursday 7 Febraury.
Biology Bridging Course registration closes at midnight on Monday 28 January.
Chemistry for Health Science Bridging Course registration closes at 5pm on Thursday 14 February.
Physics Bridging Course registration closes at 5pm on Wednesday 20 February.
If you would like to register after these dates please email
Bridging course scholarships
A limited number of equity-based bridging course scholarships are available for undergraduate students who will enrol at the University in 2013. When awarding these scholarships we will be looking at the following criteria:
- You are currently financially disadvantaged
- You have financial difficulties due to a disability or rural disadvantage, or
- You expect to be financially disadvantaged whilst at university
BRIDGING COURSE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED FOR 2013.
Please note: Enrolments will close for Biology Bridging Course at midnight on Monday 28 January. If you would like to enrol after this date please email
The Biology Bridging Course is strongly recommended if you are starting university and have not completed HSC Biology. It is also a great opportunity to refresh your knowledge after a break from study, or if you found biology difficult at school.
- cell biology
- cellular reactions (respiration, photosynthesis and protein synthesis)
- diversity of organisms
- reproduction and genetics
- scientific writing, numeracy, biological drawing and microscopy
The course includes lectures and small group classes. Workshops and practical classes will consolidate the material presented in lectures and focus on developing skills required for the study of biology. You attend a one hour lecture followed by a two hour workshop or practical session each morning and afternoon, with a one hour lunch break. Morning tea is provided after the morning lecture. A website accompanying the course allows you to download lecture material and revision questions each day. A formative assessment task will be made available on the website at the end of the course but there is no formal examination.
Note that practical sessions will take place in a teaching laboratory so students are required to wear appropriate footwear that covers the toe, heel and top of the foot.
Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Dates: 30 January-5 February 2013
Biology Bridging Course contact:
Dr Elizabeth May
This year we are running two chemistry bridging courses. If you are entering a tertiary institution and intend to take a first year chemistry unit without having completed HSC Chemistry or completed HSC Chemistry earlier you should enrol and refresh your memory.
This course is the full Chemistry Bridging Course for those studying across the sciences.
- elements, compounds and mixtures
- the structure of atoms
- ionic compounds
- covalent bonding, valency, molecular shapes
- chemical equations, precipitation reactions
- reactions involving acids
- chemical calculations
- the periodic table
- acids and bases
CHEMISTRY (HEALTH SCIENCES)
This course is specially designed for students attending the Faculty
of Health Sciences at Cumberland campus. Although based on the
standard preliminary course above, it is not a suitable substitute for students undertaking first year courses at the Camperdown campus.
Students studying in the disciplines of exercise and sports science, exercise physiology, physiotherapy and diagnostic radiography who do not have prior chemistry to HSC level or equivalent are strongly advised to enroll in this course.
You will attend two sessions a day, 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30-4:30pm which will consist of a one hour lecture followed by a two hour small-group tutorial with about nine students per tutor. In all, the course covers 13 topics. View complete course notes.
Times: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Dates - Chemistry: 6-14 February 2013
Dates - Chemistry (Health Sciences): 15-22 February 2013
Fee - Chemistry: $310.00
Fee - Chemistry (Health Sciences): $310.00
Chemistry Bridging Course contact:
Dr Donald Radford
Phone: 02 9351 2743
Please note: Registrations for the Mathematics Bridging Course will close at midnight on Thursday 7 February.
Many tertiary courses require a certain level of mathematics. Almost all courses in the Faculty of Science require at least HSC Mathematics (2-Unit). If you intend majoring in mathematics, computer science or physics; or an engineering course you require a good understanding of HSC Mathematics Extension 1.
Mathematics offer two bridging courses:
The Extension 1 course is for you if you have done Mathematics (2-Unit) in the HSC and wish to enrol in a course which has an assumed knowledge of Extension 1 Mathematics (3-Unit).
The 2-Unit course is for you if you have not done Mathematics (2-Unit) and want to study a subject for which 2-Unit Mathematics is assumed knowledge. The main content of this course will be an introduction to the differential calculus together with revision of the necessary algebra and coordinate geometry. Knowledge of Year 10 Mathematics will be assumed.
Courses are offered during the day and in the evening. The classes are small so that you receive the maximum amount of individual attention, and consist of 12 two-hour classes. You are expected to spend at least two hours per day on private study and homework during the bridging course, however there are no examinations.
Dates and Times:
The following table gives the dates and times for both the 2-Unit and Extension 1 courses.
11-26 February 2013
|10:00am - 12:00pm||$375|
(2 Unit and Ext. 1)
|11-28 February 2013||6:00pm - 8:00pm||$375|
Contact for Course Information and Enrolment:
The Mathematics Learning Centre
Phone: 02 9351 4061
PLEASE NOTE: Physics Bridging Course registration closes at 5pm on Wednesday 20 February.
The physics bridging course is strongly recommended if you are starting university and are about to take physics for the first time, need to refresh your knowledge after a break from study, or have tried physics and found it difficult.
The purpose of the course is not to cover the entire HSC Physics syllabus, but instead to provide a good general introduction to the subject so that students can understand the lecture and laboratory material from the beginning of the year. It is not about the coverage of content but rather the development of skills.
- measurement and units
- motion along a straight line
- vectors and motion in two and three
- force and motion
- work and energy
- conservation of energy
- systems of particles
The course comprises lectures and tutorials to consolidate the information presented. A typical day consists of a 1.5 hour lecture followed by a 2.5 hour tutorial in both the morning and the afternoon. There is a one hour lunch break during the middle of the day.
Lectures are interactive with participation in large classroom activities. The tutorials are group based where you examine what you have learnt by practising problems and exploring demonstrations more closely.
Times: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Dates: 21 February - 1 March 2013
Physics Bridging Course Contact:
Phone: 02 9351 3201