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Computers and First Year Chemistry

There are many Chemistry 1 resources on-line. These do not replace lectures but aim to support your learning in chemistry. All of the University Access Centres provide free access to the Chemistry web applications via the University intranet.

You may also access all the Chemistry material from a home computer if you have internet access. For technical advice about computers and about eLearning, contact the University's IT student support help desk via their webpage or by phone on 9351 6000.

Unit Area

Each first year Chemistry unit of study has an associated area on the website providing links to all of the associated available electronic resources, including the syllabus, unit structure, assessment and administration information and links to all of the relevent teaching resources. You should regularly visit the area for the unit you are currently studying and we recommend that you bookmark it for easy access. Links to all of the unit areas are available under the 'Unit Areas' menu at the top of the page or on the unit summary page.

Self help problems, past exam papers and answers and lecture notes are available from the resource page for your unit.


In addition, all First Year Chemistry units have a resource site hosted by eLearning. To access the site, click on the eLearning link when in MyUni or in the menu on the left of all pages on this site, and you will be taken to your online learning site. You will be asked for a username and password; these will be the unikey username and password that you were sent with your confirmation of enrolment. Once you have entered the appropriate username and password you will enter the online area for all your units of study.

Self help problems, past exam papers and answers and lecture notes are available from the resource page for your Chemistry unit.

On-line Laboratory Pre-Work

Each laboratory experiment (labelled E1, E2. in the Laboratory Handbook) has some "pre-work" associated with it. The questions are designed to test your understanding of the purpose of the experiment and health and safety issues. You must log on and go through the pre-work and associated quiz each week before you come into the laboratory to do the practical. Not only does the pre-work give you information essential to the experiment, but you also obtain marks towards your final assessment.


A collection of apps, tutorial and formative quizzes built by us to cover topics in the First Year Chemistry course. These include video tutorials, chemical calculators and 3D simulations of molecules and solids. Some need the full screen of a desktop or laptop and others are designed to work on a smart phone or tablet screen.

Some of the resources use the "Flash" plugin. If you have problems installing this free plugin or enabling it on your computer, consult the Adobe help pages where you can find instructions for every common browser and operating system. Note that "Flash" does not run on mobile operating system..



A series of computer aided learning modules is available on-line, designed to cover most topics in the First Year Chemistry course. Each module consists of a series of screens containing information, animations and self-help questions. The modules are for formative assessment and no question responses are recorded. They provide feedback on your understanding and should be used for self-assessment. ChemCAL may be accessed via eLearning or our chemistry unit resource page and it provides a useful private study tool. If you are accessing ChemCAL from a home computer you may need to run the ChemCAL set up program to ensure the correct plug-ins are available.

If you have problems using ChemCAL on your Mac, please try these solutions.

Self Help Questions

A series of self-help problems and fully worked solutions are available for many of the topics in the syllabus. For each unit of study, the relevant ones for each topic are linked to the "Resources by Week" and "Resources by Topic" pages, accessible from the "Resources" link on the course menu.

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