get a solid foundation for your science studies

our bridging courses provide learning support, a useful refresher, and a solid foundation for your university studies in mathematics and science.

we are pleased to be offering a range of courses in physics and astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, and lab skills. 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 year science studies at macquarie. we hope to see you there!

physics and astronomy bridging course

this course prepares you for studies in physics, astronomy, engineering, medical sciences, and related disciplines.

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/ phys1520 or phys1020 / phys1010.
  • wphy1510/ wphy1520.

it is also excellent preparation for:

  • phys1210 and a foundation for the graduate medical school admissions test (gamsat).
  • foundations for engineering units such as mech1001, civl1001, engg1000, engg1050.

please note this course is designed to provide a general knowledge of introductory physics, however, it does not qualify as a prerequisite for entry into macquarie university units.

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.

dates: 1–5 february 2021

duration: the 27-hour course runs over four and a half days, from 9am to 5pm monday to thursday, and as a half day on friday from 9am to 12.30pm.

location: online via zoom

cost: $300 (including electronic copy of study notes and gst)

registration: fri 20 nov 2020 till 11pm on fri 22 jan 2021 via website below
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enquiries
victoria park, academic administrator
t: 02 9850 4244
e: fse.physacadmin@mq.edu.au

chemistry bridging course

this 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 who want a refresher course in chemistry.

the chemistry bridging course is excellent preparation for anyone interested in any of the following units:

  • chem1001 (foundations of chemical and biomolecular sciences 1).
  • chem1002 (foundations of chemical and biomolecular sciences 2).
  • bmol1001 (biomolecules).
  • biol1620 (foundation in medical sciences).

the bridging course covers the following topics:

  • atoms: elements and chemical change, atomic structure, and the periodic table.
  • molecules: bonding, structure and shape, and electronegativity.
  • stoichiometry: mole concept, balancing equations, and equilibrium.
  • acids and bases: molarity, ph, brønsted-lowry model, lewis acids and bases.
  • organic chemistry: functional groups, naming, reactions.

dates: 8–11 february 2021

duration: the course runs over four days, from 9.30 am to 3:30 pm each day.

location: 14sco (sir christopher ondaatje ave) mason theatre, macquarie university.

cost: 2021 course fees waived for mq students.

register: registrations are open to current or 2021 commencing mq students via eventbrite.

enquiries
department of molecular sciences
t: +61 (2) 9850 8275
e: fse.molsci-reception@mq.edu.au

mathematics bridging course: foundation stream

this is 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.

the foundation stream is highly recommended for students who have completed hsc general mathematics, or who have no mathematical experience, and are including mathematics units such as math1000 or economics units at 1000 level in their programs of study.

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

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.

it covers an introduction to algebra, functions, and mathematical concepts useful in preparation for mathematics and science.

dates: 8–19 february 2021

this course is available as a day or evening course.

cost: $380 (10 day course) or

$220 (5 day course).

enquiries
carolyn kennett or dilshara hill
t: +61 (2) 9850 8924
e: fse.numeracy@mq.edu.au

mathematics bridging for phys1210

an intensive course for students who intend to enrol in phys1210.

for students who intend to use this course as a prerequisite, attendance is compulsory.

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.

more information can be found on the numeracy centre website.

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 prerequisite for phys1210 for students who do not have the required high school mathematics.

dates: 8–12 february 2021

duration: this 30-hour course runs for 7 hours a day for 5 days.

cost: $360

enquiries
carolyn kennett or dilshara hill
t: +61 (2) 9850 8924
e: fse.numeracy@mq.edu.au

mathematics bridging course: extension stream

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.

10 day course: recommended for students intending to study math1010.

more information can be found on the numeracy centre website.

dates: 8–19 february 2021

this course is available as a day or evening course.

cost: $360

enquiries
carolyn kennett or dilshara hill
t: +61 (2) 9850 8924
e: fse.numeracy@mq.edu.au