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CHEM1012 Introduction to Chemistry

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To give students who have not taken A-level Chemistry sufficient background and insight into the subject to be able to cope with the chemical element of courses in biology and other disciplines. The online lectures give a broad background coverage of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. The weekly lecture includes an in-class test in which students are assessed on the previous week's material. Seminars will take the form of tutored problem classes with examples similar to possible exam questions.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • To give the students who have not taken A-Level Chemistry sufficient background and insight into the subject to be able to cope with the chemical element of courses in Biology and other disciplines.
  • The online lectures give a broad background coverage of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. The weekly lecture includes an in-class test in which students are assessed on the previous week's material.
  • Seminars will take the form of tutored problem classes with examples similar to possible exam questions.

Syllabus

Atomic and Molecular Structure • Atoms, isotopes, ions • Equations, mole-calculations, solutions and gases. • Electrons in atoms • Ionic bonding • Covalent bonding Physical Chemistry • Enthalpy changes during chemical reactions • Acids, bases and buffers • Water and the pH scale • Reaction rates and chemical kinetics Organic Chemistry • Nomenclature and representations in organic chemistry • Functional groups and reactivity • The properties of organic compounds • Isomerism in organic chemistry • Reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, problem-solving Seminars with group working and tutor support

TypeHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions25
Wider reading or practice36
Lecture30
Seminar22
Revision12
Follow-up work25
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Chris Conoley and Phil Hills. Chemistry. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (1.5 hours) 75%
In-class Test 25%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (1.5 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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