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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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of chemistry in underpinning many fundamental processes in biology.
  • Relate the properties of substances and materials to the nature of the bonding between particles (atoms, ions, molecules).
  • Explain chemical reactions in terms of electron transfers, changes in bonding and energetics.
  • Relate the reactivity of organic molecules to their electronic properties and give examples of reactions which proceed by different mechanisms.
  • Explain how the pH of aqueous solutions may change and explain the importance of pH in determining the outcomes of chemical reactions in biological systems.
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use appropriate mathematical methods to solve problems in chemistry.
  • Relate biological phenomena to their underlying chemical processes.


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

Preparation for scheduled sessions25
Follow-up work25
Wider reading or practice36
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Chris Conoley and Phil Hills. Chemistry. 



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


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (1.5 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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