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: either a useful HSC physics refresher or a solid foundation for your university studies in science. For 2022 course program, please click here.

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. Students who are not meeting the HSC math requirement to enrol in PHYS1210, please contact the Numeracy Centre regarding the "MATH Bridging for PHYS1210" course at fse.numeracy@thelocatorlink.com

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: 7–11 February 2022

Duration: The 31.5-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. For more details, refer to the course program.

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: $310 (including electronic copy of study notes and GST)

Registration: Registration closed at 11pm  Wed 2nd FEB 2022.

To cancel your registration for a refund, you must send an request email to fse.physacadmin@mq.edu.au by 11pm WED 2nd FEB 2022 with name, SID and contact details &  invoice No on your receipt.

Enquiries
Victoria PARK, Academic Administrator
E: fse.physacadmin@thelocatorlink.com

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: 7–10 February 2022

Duration: The course runs over four days, from 9.30 am to 3:30 pm each day

Location: Online

Cost: $280

Registration: Online registration

Enquiries
Department of Molecular Sciences
T: +61 (2) 9850 8275
E: fse.molsci-reception@thelocatorlink.com

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: 07-11 February OR 07-18 February 2022

This course is available as a day course.

Cost: $380 (10 day course) or $230 (5 day course).

Register:

10 Day Foundation  Course -  Online registration - Closed

5 Day Foundation Course  - Online registration - Closed

Enquiries
Carolyn Kennett
E: fse.numeracy@thelocatorlink.com

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: 14–18 February 2022

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

Cost: $380

Register: Online Registration - Closed

Enquiries
Carolyn Kennett
E: fse.numeracy@thelocatorlink.com

Maths Refresher for Clinical Audiology

Dates: 07 - 11 February 2022

Cost: $380

Register: Online Registration - Closed

Enquiries

Carolyn Kennett

E: fse.numeracy@thelocatorlink.com

The Maths Refresher for Clinical Audiology is an intensive course for students from various mathematical backgrounds who need a solid review of introductory mathematical concepts.

It is a bespoke version of the foundation bridging course offered by the Numeracy Centre and is designed for Clinical Audiology students. It covers mathematical concepts and problem-solving skills that are useful in preparation for units such as CAUD8003.

Recommended for students intending to study the Masters of Clinical Audiology.

Basic Maths Review Session

The Basic Maths Course is highly recommended for students who are not confident in their mathematical ability and would like a review of introductory mathematical concepts as preparation for first year statistics units.

A three hour review session on basic mathematics up to the level of early secondary school, covering an introduction of numerical skills including topics such as fractions, decimals, percentages and basic algebra.

Date: 26 February 2022

Cost: $30

Register: Online registration - Closed

Enquiry

Carolyn Kennett

E: fse.numeracy@thelocatorlink.com

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: 14-25 February 2022

This course is available as a day course.

Cost: $380

Register: TBA

Enquiries
Carolyn Kennett
E: fse.numeracy@thelocatorlink.com

Refresher course in Statistics

This course is designed to brush up the student's knowledge of introductory statistics before they commence second-year statistics courses such as STAT2170, BIOL2610 and PSYU2248.

This course is designed to brush up the student's knowledge of introductory statistics before they commence second-year statistics courses such as STAT2170, BIOL2610 and PSYU2248.

Date: Saturday 05 March 2022

Time: 10 AM  to 5 PM

Cost: $75

Register: Online registration - Closed

Enquiries:

Carolyn Kennett

E: fse.numeracy@thelocatorlink.com