Textbooks, readers and reading material lists for each school (Chemistry, Physics, Maths & Statistics, BABS, Biology, Psychology, Aviation, Material Sciences and Optometry & Vision Sciences) can be found below.

For a general guide on purchasing or locating resources please read:  textlists, textbooks and course notes.  

Please note: Most of the texts can be purchased at the UNSW Bookshop and located in the UNSW library. The second hand bookshop on campus is also recommended as a good place to source textbooks.


  • Note: NEW text book for the courses PHYS1121 Physics 1A, PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A, PHYS1221 Physics 1B, PHYS1231 Higher Physics 1B and PHYS1241 Higher Physics 1B (Special) in Semester 2, 2014:
  • Halliday, Resnick & Walker, Fundamentals of Physics (Extended) 10th ed., Wiley, ISBN: 9781118730232

Wiley website link to purchase any version of this textbook:


 Texts from the UNSW bookstore include:

  • Combined course packs (tutorial notes, lab manual, etc) should be available in the UNSW bookshop in Week 1.
  • Recommended textbook (varies based on each course).
  • Aylward, G.H. and Findlay, T.J.V., SI Chemical Data, 6th ed. Wiley, 2008 (or later).

Some of our Chemistry Textbook materials and related resources will also be available online.

Mathematics and Statistics

  • The course packs for the first year MATH courses are available in the UNSW bookshop.
  • The main reference book for MATH1131,1141,1231,1241,1151,1251 for Calculus is:
    Salas and Hille, Calculus: One and several variables.
  • For MATH1081, the reference book is: Epp. S, Discrete Mathematics.

BEES: Biological Earth and Environmental Earth Courses

  • Please refer to the course coordinators and course outlines for course packs, reference, and recommended textbooks.


PSYC1011: Psychology 1B

  • The course pack is sold at the UNSW bookshop. This includes the textbook plus study guides and writing guide for essays and research reports in Psychology.
  • The prescribed textbook is: Burton, Lorelle J. Psychology 3Ed + Istudy  Version 1 Card + Guide to DSM-5, Wrightbooks, 2013.


VISN1101: Seeing the World: Perspectives from Vision Science

There is one textbook and there are three recommended textbooks. The recommended textbooks will be useful for more than one year, if you intend on taking optometry or vision science subjects in 2nd year and beyond:

Textbook which covers Research Methods:

Note this textbook will be used in 1st, 2nd, 3rd year of the optometry and vision science programs.

  • Field, A. Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics, SAGE Publications Ltd; 4th ed. 2013

Recommended textbook which assists with understanding of all course materials:

  • Millidot, M, Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 6th ed.  Butterworth-Heinemann, 2004

Recommended text book which covers the anatomy of the eye:

Note, this will be a textbook if you continue into 2nd year vision science and clinical optometry studies and beyond.

  • Remington, L. Clinical Anatomy of the Visual System, 3rd Ed. Elsevier, 2011.

Also available on-line full-text via UNSW Library.

Recommended textbook which covers the content in the eye is part of the living body. There are 2 options.

  • Sherwood, L. Human physiology: from cells to systems by Sherwood. Note: this is the preferred text for VISN1101. Or,
  • Stanfield, C.L. and Cummings, B. Principles of Human Physiology, 5th ed., 2013. Note: this is a textbook in 2nd year if you intend to take PHSL2101, PHSL2121,PHSL2501.

 There are other texts, resources and web sites that you will be directed to by your course convenor.

VISN1221: Visual Optics

Prescribed Text Book:

  • Bennett and Rabbetts, B.H. Clinical Visual Optics ,4th Eed. 2007.

Note: This text will be useful for clinical optometry courses.

 Recommended Text Book:

  • Tunnacliffe, Alan, H. Introduction to Visual Optics, Assoc. of British Disp. Optician 4th ed. 1993.

Note: This text will be useful for vision science courses.

  • Lecture notes will be made available each week through moodle.
  • Soft copy of the Lab Manual is available on Moodle and hard copy will be available at the school office free of cost in Week-2


Most Aviation courses do not have textbooks. Therefore, we recommend students to get the list from their lecturers in week 1 (if applicable). The prescribed and recommended texts are available for purchase at the UNSW Bookshop.

Materials Science

MATS1192: Design & Application of Materials in Science & Eng  

  • M.F. Ashby and D.R.H. Jones, Engineering Materials 1 and 2, Butterworth Heinemann, 4th ed.
  • W.D. Callister and D.G. Rethwisch Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering: An Integrated Approach, Wiley, 4th Ed.

Both are available in the library, including electronic access to Engineering Materials. There are links to the electronic version of Engineering Materials on the course site on Moodle.


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