Bridging courses

Bridging courses

Our bridging courses provide learning support, a useful refresher, and a solid foundation for your university studies.

chemistrymathsphysics We are pleased to be offering courses in physics and astronomy, chemistry, mathematics and lab skills. There are a range of course options available. These courses are a fantastic opportunity to get to know your fellow students and academics, brush up on your maths and science skills and gain the foundational knowledge you'll need to progress through your first years science studies at Macquarie. We hope to see you there!

Physics and Astronomy bridging course

Is this for me?

This bridging course prepares you for studies in physics, astronomy, engineering, medical sciences, and related disciplines. It provides learning support, a useful refresher and a solid foundation for your university studies in science.

If you have not completed physics to HSC level or equivalent, this course is recommended to give you background knowledge to support your studies in:

  • PHYS1510 (PHYS140) / PHYS1520 (PHYS143) or PHYS1020 (PHYS106) / PHYS1010 (PHYS107)
  • WPHY1510 (WPHY140) / WPHY1520 (WPHY143)

It is also excellent preparation for:

  • PHYS1210 (PHYS149) and a foundation for the GAMSAT.
  • Foundations for engineering units such as MECH1001, CIVL1001, ENGG1000, ENGG1050.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Foundation for science: Units, scientific notation, orders of magnitude, accuracy and precision.
  • Kinematics: Vectors, scalars, and properties of motion.
  • Mechanics: Forces, equilibrium, dynamics, Newton's laws, gravity, momentum, energy and power.
  • Waves: Sound and electromagnetic waves, wave propagation and wave properties.
  • Properties of matter: Constituents of matter, thermal properties of matter, fluids and ideal gases.
  • Electrostatics and magnetism: Electrical and magnetic phenomena, and electronic circuits.
  • Atomic, quantum, and nuclear physics.

When does it run?

Dates: Monday 3 February - Friday 7 February 2020

Duration: The 27-hour course will be run over 4½ days. It will run from 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday, and as a half day on Friday from 9am-12pm. A detailed timetable can be seen here.

Location
Theatrette 102, 9 Wally's Walk, Macquarie University

Registration closes: 30 January 2020 at 11pm

Enquiries
Phil Dartnell, Academic Administrator
E: fse.physacadmin@mq.edu.au
T: (02) 9850 4166

Chemistry bridging course

Is this for me?

The chemistry bridging course is for students who are studying science at university but did not study chemistry at HSC level; for those needing to gain confidence in chemistry; and for those students who want a refresher course in chemistry.

It is excellent preparation for anyone studying any of the following units: CHEM1001 (Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 1), CHEM1002 (Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 2), BMOL1001 (Biomolecules) or BIOL1620 (Foundation in Medical Sciences).

The bridging course covers the following topics:

  • Atoms: elements and chemical change, atomic structure, the periodic table.
  • Molecules: bonding, structure and shape, electronegativity.
  • Stoichiometry: mole concept, balancing equations, equilibrium.
  • Acids and bases: molarity, pH, Brønsted-Lowry model, Lewis acids and bases.
  • Organic chemistry: functional groups, reactions types, and biomolecules.

Find out more about 2020 Chemistry Bridging Course.

When does it run?

Date: Monday 17 February to Thursday 20 February, 2020

Duration: 9:00am to 4:30 pm each day

Location: Macquarie University Campus

Registration closing date: 16th February 2020, 8am

Cost: $220 (including GST)

Enquiries: Department of Molecular Sciences - fse.molsci-reception@mq.edu.au

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Mathematics bridging course – Foundation stream

An intensive course for students from diverse mathematical backgrounds who need to enrol in first year mathematics courses, or require a review of introductory mathematical concepts.

Is this for me?

The Foundation Stream is highly recommended for students who have completed HSC General Mathematics, or who have no mathematics and are including mathematics units such as MATH1000, economics units at 1000 level in their programs of study. It covers an introduction to algebra, functions, and mathematical concepts useful in preparation for mathematics and science. This course is available as a day or evening course.

Students intending to enrol in statistics or science units should enrol in at least the first five days of the foundation stream.

PLEASE NOTE: Students intending to study MATH1000 should enrol in the 10 day foundation stream bridging course.

10 Day course: Recommended for students intending to study mathematics units.

5 Day course: Recommended for students intending to study science or statistics units.

More information can be found on The Numeracy Centre Website.

When does it run?

Starting Date:Monday 10 February, 2020

Location:Macquarie University, Balaclava Road, North Ryde, NSW 2109

Cost:$360 (10 day course)

Enquiries
E: fse.numeracy@mq.edu.au
T: (02) 9850 8924

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Mathematics Bridging for PHYS1210

An intensive course for students who intend to enrol in PHYS1210.

Is this for me?

The Maths Bridging for PHYS1210 course is a bespoke version of the foundation course designed for BClinSci, BChiroSci and BMedSci students who intend to enrol in PHYS1210. It covers mathematical concepts and problem solving skills that are useful in preparation for PHYS1210. The Maths Bridging for PHYS1210 can be used as a pre-requisite for PHYS1210 for students who do not have the required high school mathematics. For students who intend to use this course as a pre-requisite, attendance is compulsory. This course runs for 7 hours a day for 5 days.

More information can be found on The Numeracy Centre Website.

When does it run?

Starting Date:Monday 10 February, 2020

Location:Macquarie University, Balaclava Road, North Ryde, NSW 2109

Cost:$360

Enquiries
E: fse.numeracy@mq.edu.au
T: (02) 9850 8924

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Mathematics bridging course – Extension stream

Is this for me?

The Extension Stream is for students who have not studied mathematics for some time, and need to refresh their skills before commencing MATH1010. It is a bridge to HSC mathematics Extension 1 for students who are using their HSC mathematics results for entry into MATH1010. This course is available as a day or evening course.

10 Day course: Recommended for students intending to study MATH1010.

More information can be found on The Numeracy Centre Website.

When does it run?

Starting Date:Monday 10 February, 2020

Location:Macquarie University, Balaclava Road, North Ryde, NSW 2109

Cost:$360

Enquiries
E: fse.numeracy@mq.edu.au
T: (02) 9850 8924

Register now

Kick start your technical lab skills

Is this for me?

The Kick start your technical lab skills two-day workshop is for students who are studying science at Macquarie University but did not study science at HSC level; for those needing to gain confidence in their technical lab skills, and for those students who want a refresher course in technical lab skills.

The laboratory skills workshop will develop a range of practical skills for the science laboratory, delivered ahead of the formal learning period. A suite of techniques will be demonstrated and practiced across two intensive days. Students during the two-day period will be asked to follow set procedures and methods, and apply well-developed technical skills, basic scientific knowledge and become familiar with Work Health and Safety requirements.
Please note this workshop is only for those who will be studying at Macquarie University in the coming year.

What will I learn?
The Laboratory Skills Workshop will cover a range of essential first-year laboratory skills including:

  • Laboratory and chemical safety
  • Aseptic techniques
  • Microscopy and microimagery
  • Making solutions
  • Basic molecular skills
  • Record and present data
  • Health and safety
  • Histology for light microscopy
  • Teamwork and communication with peers
What will I need to bring?

Students will need to provide their own lunch. Students are also advised to bring a pen and paper to take notes.

When does it run?

Date: Wednesday 12th February 2020

Duration: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Location: Building 6WW (E8C), Room 106 - 6 Wallys Walk - Macquarie University

Registration closing date: Registrations close Friday 7th Feb, 5 pm.

Cost: $50

Contact details

Please contact Ms Rekha Joshi via email at rekha.joshi@mq.edu.au

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