This subject provides a foundation for further study in chemistry and related disciplines. The focus is on understanding chemical concepts and calculations, development of laboratory and reporting skills, awareness of safety protocols, fluency in terminology, and an appreciation of the role of chemistry in our world.

Course outline

Semester 1

  • Nomenclature and stoichiometry
  • Atomic structure and bonding
  • Liquids, gases and solids
  • Chemistry of main group elements, transition metals and coordination chemistry

Semester 2

  • Organic chemistry and spectroscopy
  • Food chemistry
  • Green chemistry
  • Fundamentals of chemical reactions: thermochemistry, kinetics and chemical equilibria
  • Acid-base equilibria
  • Redox chemistry, electrolysis and extraction of metals


Exams: 65%
Assignment: 10%
Attendance and participation: 5%
Practical classes: 20%