Stage 1 Chemistry is about learning the key concepts of the subject while understanding the importance of Chemistry in our everyday lives. Almost everything that we do has a link to Chemistry, and it is vital in helping with solutions to problems such as climate change, pollution, metal production for electric vehicles and development of new medications. You can study Chemistry in Semester 1, Semester 2 or both.
In Semester 1 you will explore the periodic table, atomic structure, chemical bonding, mole theory and organic Chemistry. These foundational topics are key to understanding the way in which the natural world operates on a chemical level.
In Semester 2 you will explore acids and bases, mixtures of solutions, batteries and how the components for batteries are extracted and produced. These topics expand upon the content discussed in Semester 1 and helps to prepare students for Stage 2 Chemistry. You will participate in various practical sessions to apply the knowledge you have learned. You do not have to do Semester 1 to complete Semester 2, but it is an advantage to do so.
Assessment in Semester 1:
Assessment Type 1: Investigations Folio (50%)
Assessment Type 2: Skills and Applications Tasks (50%)
Assessment in Semester 2:
Assessment Type 1: Investigations Folio (70%)
Assessment Type 2: Skills and Applications Tasks (30%)
This subject is not a prerequisite for Stage 2 Chemistry, however it is highly recommended. Students wishing to pursue further study in Chemistry in tertiary institutions can do so in a wide range of fields. Students may choose to study a Bachelor of Science to gain further knowledge of a range of concepts, and can pursue more specific areas of study such as drug delivery and design, environmental science, materials development and food and drink manufacturing and more.