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Bridging Courses 2016

Need to brush up on your skills before you start your Uni degree? We've got you covered with bridging courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Check out the information below or use the links to navigate to:

The closing date for 2016 Summer Session Bridging course applications is 3 February 2016

Biology Bridging Course

This course is highly recommended if you have not studied biology before and are planning to undertake a degree at University that includes Biological Sciences. The aim of this course is to provide you with the necessary background to undertake biology at University rather than cover all topics in HSC biology. The course covers material dealt with in Autumn Session - evolution, biodiversity and ecology (BIOL104), functional biology of plants and animals (BIOL105) and in Spring Session - biochemistry, cell structure and function, genetics, and energy metabolism (BIOL103). The course includes a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals.

Cost $100
When 15 to 19 February 2016, 1.30 to 5pm

Lecture: Bld 35 Room G20, 1:30 to 2:30pm

Practical: Bulding 42, Room 101, 2:30 to 5:00pm

Textbook Campbell Biology 9th ed, Jane B Reece et al, Australian Version
Contact Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (SMAH) Central - (02) 4221 3492 - or

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Chemistry Bridging Course

This course is highly recommended for high school leavers without HSC Chemistry and others thinking of taking Chemistry at University who do not have a background equivalent to HSC Chemistry. This subject will cover fundamental aspects of chemistry normally dealt with in high school chemistry and will provide the necessary foundation for 1st year Chemistry studies.

  • TOPIC 1: Matter, Calculations.
  • TOPIC 2: Atomic Theory and Bonding
  • TOPIC 3: Nomenclature - Naming Chemical Compounds
  • TOPIC 4: Chemical Equations
  • TOPIC 5: Stoichiometry: quantities in chemistry. Atomic weights and molecular weights; the mole; percentage composition by mass; empirical formulae; molecular formulae; relationship of moles to mass in chemical equations; reaction yield.
  • TOPIC 6: Solution Stoichiometry
  • 3 hr lab class: EXPERIMENT 1: Solubility, EXPERIMENT 2: Synthesis of a Compound
  • Cost$200

    8 to 19 February 2016

    Mon - Thu 9:30am - 12:30pm (classes begin with a 1 hour interactive lecture followed by 2 hours of small group tutorials)

    Fri timetable with lab included to be announced

    WhereHope Theatre (Bld 40 Room 153)
    ContactKarin Maxwell on (02) 4221 5357 or email 

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An Appreciation of Physics

This course is recommended for students enrolling in any first year physics course, who have a limited background in physics. The course has been designed to provide you with an introduction to those concepts in physics that appear to defy common sense and are consequently most often misunderstood. These concepts include the nature of forces and their role in motion, work and energy. Difficulties with these concepts generally hamper progress in other areas of physics. The topics discussed will include: motion, vectors, co-ordinate systems, Newton's Laws, gravitation, conservation laws, measurements and uncertainties. The course will include lectures, tutorials and practical work in our undergraduate physics laboratories, with the emphasis on problem solving and learning by example.

When 8 to 19 February 2016, 1.30 - 4.30pm
WhereBuilding 6 Room 317
ContactFaculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS) on (02) 42213491 or

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 Applications for 2016 Bridging Courses will Open in DECEMBER 2015