Sciences Summer School

Accelerate your study with sciences' summer school!

Science courses are available on different dates between October and February. They are a great opportunity to:

  • complete units outside of the main semesters;
  • catch up on missed or failed courses;
  • balance your timetable; or
  • study subjects outside of your current course.

If you’re not a University of Adelaide student, a summer course can be a study abroad opportunity, cross-institutional study from another university, or a non-award course for your own interest.

Available courses - Summer 2019/20

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How does sciences summer school work?

Summer courses are intensive and usually run between 2-4 weeks. You can study these in addition to the courses you take during the main semesters.

If your summer school course meets your course requirements and you have satisfied any prerequisites, you will be able to gain credit it towards your degree. This will appear on your student record and academic transcript. If you are a cross-institutional or study abroad student, you will organise the credit transfer with your home university.

  • If you are taking a unit as part of your degree, make sure that you check your course rules and unit requirements in your study plan.
  • Ask the Sciences Service Hub if you need help or have any questions.


What can I study?

Science electives

These courses can be taken by anyone within or outside the University of Adelaide, as there are no prerequisite subjects.

  • Fundamentals of Biology

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    Fundamentals of Biology [BIOLOGY 1001]

    Starts Ends Level Location Assumed knowledge
    18 January 2021 12 February 2020 Undergraduate North Tce campus Nil

    Explore how the building blocks of life work together to form cells, which in turn combine to generate the very diverse and complex creatures we see around us.

    Solve questions about how cells absorb and use nutrients. How do they replicate themselves? How are genes passed down from one generation to the next?


  • GIS for Environmental Management


    GIS for Environmental Management [SPATIAL 3007WT, SPATIAL 7007WT]

    Starts Ends Level Location Assumed knowledge
    1 February 2021 12 February 2021 Undergraduate and postgraduate Waite Nil

    The future of farming is here.

    New advances in geographic information systems (GIS) and drones has seen the exciting field of precision agriculture come to life.

    In this course you will learn how emerging technology in agricultural production systems has applications from environmental sustainability to farm management and regional product marketing.

    You will get hands on with computer exercises that teach GIS skills in data capture, processing and presentation of results. You will learn what information can be derived from space and airborne remote sensing for land management and how remotely sensed imagery can be combined with other sources of information in order to efficiently manage land, increase production and reduce costs, and consider environmental benefits.

    Course outline - Undergraduate  Course outline - postgraduate


Core courses

These courses are for current science students to meet prerequisites for study for the following year; or an opportunity to retake a previously failed course.

Some courses have a holiday break and continue after Christmas. Check each course schedule for more information.

  • Chemistry 1A (S)

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    Chemistry IA (S) [CHEM 1310]

    Starts Ends Level Location Type
    TBC TBC Undergraduate North Tce campus Repeat course

    Learn about the structure of the atom and molecular bonding, acid/base equilibria, and chemistry of the main group metals, transition metals and non-metals. Learn how chemists determine the structure of compounds using spectroscopic techniques including ultraviolet, infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

    Choose this course:

    • If you failed Chemistry IA but passed the practicals. This course has no practical component.
    • Successful completion of this course means that you will not need to repeat Chemistry IA in Semester 1 next year.

    LEARN MORE  Chemistry IA(S) summer schedule

  • Chemistry 1B (S)

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    Chemistry IB (S) [CHEM 1311]

    Starts Ends Level Location Type
    TBC TBC Undergraduate North Tce campus Repeat course

    Energy and equilibrium topics include the relevance of intermolecular forces, chemical equilibrium, energy considerations and chemical reactivity applied to aspects of chemistry and biochemistry.  Discover the chemistry of kinetics and electrochemical processes. This course also includes synthetic and bio-organic chemistry topics, with a focus on mechanism.

    Choose this course:

    • If you failed Chemistry IB but passed the practicals. This course has no practical component.
    • Successful completion of this course means that a student will not need to repeat Chemistry IB in Semester 2 next year.

    LEARN MORE  Chemistry IB(S) summer schedule

  • Foundations of Chemistry 1S

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    Foundations of Chemistry IS [CHEM 1312]

    Starts Ends Level Location Type
    12 January 2021 8 Februrary 2021 Undergraduate North Tce campus Bonus course

    Learn about quantitative analysis of kinetics, thermodynamics and equilibria. This course also covers Nernst equation; balancing redox equations under basic conditions; transition metal and coordination chemistry; quantum theory; spectroscopy and structure determination; stereochemistry; and organic mechanism.

    Choose this course:

    • If you have passed Foundations of Chemistry IA and IB. Successful completion of these three courses will allow you to continue with 2nd year chemistry.
    • If you may not want to continue with 2nd year chemistry, but would like some extra chemistry background (for example, students enrolling in 2nd year biochemistry).

    LEARN MORE  Foundations of Chemistry summer schedule

  • Physics 1A

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    Physics IA [PHYSICS 1100]

    Starts Ends Level Location Type Assumed knowledge
    11 January 2021 19 February 2021 Undergraduate North Tce campus
    • Repeat course;
    • bonus course; or
    • for part-time students

    This calculus-based course is the foundation for a major in physics, and also provides a quantitative understanding of physics concepts applicable in biological and geological sciences, and in engineering.

    Choose this course:

    • If you started mid-year and have completed Physics IB and at least Maths IA. By studying this and Maths IB (which can be studied concurrently, clash-free) you will be able to continue into Level II physics next year, with no delays.
    • If you failed Physics IA in Semester 1. You won’t have to wait until Semester 1 next year.
    • If you need Physics IE for an engineering pathway. Physics IA can be counted in place of Physics IE.
    • If you’re a part-time student who are only able to attempt a few courses each semester

    LEARN MORE  Physics summer schedule