SSS010 Introduction to Chemistry (6)

This subject is designed to cover those concepts and skills in chemistry required by a student who is enrolling into a typical first year tertiary chemistry subject. Included in the subject is a section on basic mathematics that the student may need to review in order to cope with the rest of the subject.

Subject Outlines
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Term 1 (75)
Orange Campus
Term 2 (15)
Orange Campus
Term 3 (45)
Orange Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SSS010. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Office for Students

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Define and give examples of various chemical terms;
  • Distinguish between physical and chemical change;
  • Understand basic atomic structure, chemical bonding and the formation of compounds;
  • Distinguish between ionic and molecular compounds;
  • Understand how chemical compounds are named;
  • Write and balance chemical equations;
  • Determine atomic weights and molecular weights;
  • Calculate percentage composition of elements in compounds;
  • Express concentration of a solution in various ways;
  • Appreciate the diversity and complexity of organic compounds; and
  • Identify and name simple hydrocarbons.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • * Classification of matter.
  • * The nature of matter.
  • * Atomic structure.
  • * The formation of compounds - bonding.
  • * The physical properties of ionic and molecular compounds - a comparison.
  • * Nomenclature - naming chemical compounds.
  • * Chemical equations.
  • * Stoichiometry - chemical arithmetic.
  • * Solution stoichiometry.
  • * Organic chemistry.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.