Course Description

UWindsor Prep Chemistry is a non-credit online course that reviews grade 12 concepts to help students prepare for Chemistry at the University of Windsor.

Take this refresher if you are registered in the following UWindsor academic courses:

  1. CHEM-1100 General Chemistry I or
  2. CHEM-1103 Topics for General Chemistry

UWindsor Prep Chemistry is ideal for students who are starting in the Faculty of Science and majoring in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Forensics, Environmental Science and Physics. It is also ideal for students who are in Civil Engineering taking CHEM-1103. Any other student who would like to enhance their knowledge of Chemistry or who is required to take CHEM-1100 or CHEM-1103 as a part of their degree program would also benefit from taking this refresher.

This preparatory course offers a refresher to students who will be taking first year Chemistry courses. Introductory concepts required for first and second semester classes will be covered. These topics include nomenclature, types of reactions and balancing chemical equations, stoichiometry, properties of elements and the Periodic Table, VSEPR Theory, gas laws, thermodynamics, rates of reaction, chemical equilibria, acid-base theory, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry.

Course Outline

Participants can expect to complete a combination of short assignments, quizzes and activities during the course.  Daily online participation is also required for successful completion. Upon completion students will be awarded a grade of complete or incomplete. 

Learner Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand periodic trends, how elements combine to form bonds, and molecular geometry
  • Balance chemical equations, identify types of chemical reactions, and predict products of chemical reactions
  • Understand the concept of the mole and how it relates to chemical reactions and solution chemistry
  • Understand how gas laws explain the behaviour of gases
  • Name and draw organic compounds based on name and/or structure
  • Analyze rates of reactions, energy changes, and causes of equilibrium changes
  • Understand redox reactions and their relationship to galvanic cells


A textbook is not required.

Brightspace Requirements:

This class is offered online through Brightspace. A link will be provided through email and you will have access the first day of class.

Please activate your UWinID. Your UWinID and password are needed to access Brightspace. If you have any issues, please contact continue@uwindsor.ca.

Review the full Brightspace system requirements.

Microsoft Teams

Instructional time will be held on Microsoft Teams. As a student of this course, the University of Windsor will provide you with access to Microsoft Teams.

Once you register you will be prompted to activate your UWinID. Your UWinID and password are needed to access Microsoft Teams. If you have any issues, please contact continue@uwindsor.ca.

Microsoft Teams is available in three versions including desktop, web and mobile app. The Microsoft Teams desktop app is available for both Windows 7 and 10 and macOS 10.10 or later. On Windows, Teams requires .NET framework 4.5 or later; the Teams installer will offer to install it for you if you don't have it. If you are unable to install Desktop App, you can use web version of Teams. In addition, Microsoft Teams mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices. You can download it from your respective app store on the device. Full instructions will be provided before the course start.


Successful completion of SCH4U (Grade 12U Chemistry) is recommended.

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