SSS062 CSU Connect: Preparation for Studying the Sciences (8)

This subject aims to develop essential skills required for study within Agriculture, Food and Nutrition, Wine Science or Viticulture. The first module develops students' basic skills in mathematics and statistics through a closely guided, paced, supportive learning process. In the second module students are introduced to chemistry and learn to solve problems through the application of foundation principles. The preparation of students during this subject is enhanced by learning experiences that simulate those required for successful participation in the first year of undergraduate study.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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


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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Mathematics and Statistics:
  • Be able to understand and work with arithmetic and other basic concepts of mathematics;
  • Be able to understand and work with algebraic expressions;
  • Be able to understand and use trigonometry in a variety of applications;
  • Be able to interpret and apply a variety of graphical techniques;
  • Be able to use a calculator confidently and correctly;
  • Be able to understand concepts of basic statistics and probability.
  • Chemistry:
  • Be able to define and give examples of various chemical terms;
  • Be able to understand basic atomic structure, chemical bonding and the formation of compounds; and distinguish between ionic and molecular compounds;
  • Be able to understand how chemical compounds are named;
  • Be able to write and balance chemical equations;
  • Be able to determine atomic weights and molecular weights;
  • Be able to calculate percentage composition of elements in compounds;
  • Be able to express concentration of a solution in various ways;
  • Be able to appreciate the diversity and complexity of organic compounds; and identify and name simple hydrocarbons.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Mathematics and Statistics: - order of operations/percentages/calculator skills/index numbers; - measurement and unit conversions; - algebra/graphs; - logarithms; - trigonometry; - introductory probability; - descriptive statistics. Chemistry: - 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.