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 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!

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 CBMS104 (Biomolecules) and CBMS107 (Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 1).

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 chemical equations, molarity.
  • Reactions: types, mechanism including arrow pushing, Lewis acids and bases

When does it run?

Date: Wednesday 21 February to Friday 23 February 2018

Duration: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm each day

Location: Macquarie University Campus, Macquarie Park

Registration closing date: 21 February 2018, 8 am

Cost: $180 (including GST)

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 MATH123, MATH130, or economics units at 100 level in their programs of study. It covers an introduction to algebra, functions, and mathematical concepts useful in preparation for mathematics and science.

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

PLEASE NOTE: Students intending to study MATH123 or MATH130 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 units.

4 Day course: Recommended for students intending to study statistics units.

When does it run?

Date:Monday 16 July to Friday 27 July, 2018

Duration:10am to 1pm

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


T: (02) 9850 8924

Kick start your technical lab skills

Is this for me?

The Kick start your technical lab skills 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 14th February – Thursday 15th February 2018

Duration: Wednesday & Thursday - 9:30am to 3:30pm

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

Registration closing date: Registrations close Fri 09th Feb, 5pm.

Cost: $55

Contact details

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 PHYS140/PHYS143 or PHYS106/107. It is also excellent preparation for PHYS149 and a foundation for the GAMSAT.

It covers the following topics:

  • Waves: Sound, electromagnetic spectrum, orders of magnitude and scientific notation
  • Matter and molecules: Thermal properties of matter, pressure in fluids and ideal gases
  • Forces: Vectors, forces in equilibrium, dynamics and motion, Newton's laws, gravity, energy and power
  • Electricity: Static electricity, electric circuits/fields/potential, magnetic fields and electromagnetic induction
  • Atomic and nuclear physics: Electrons, nuclei, atomic structure, radioactive decay and nuclear energy.

When does it run?

Dates: Monday 19 February - Friday 23 February 2018

Duration: The 27-hour course will be run over 4½ days as follows:
9AM - 5PM (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)
1PM-4PM (Tuesday)

E6A tutorial room 131

Registration closes: 11PM Thursday 15th February 2018

Vivienne Wong, Academic Administrator
T: (02) 9850 4166

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