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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. The lectures give a broad background coverage of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Seminars will take the form of tutored problem classes with examples similar to possible exam questions. Some Seminars will be assessed and full attendance is strongly advised since the final assessment will be weighted 50% for the examination, 50% for coursework.


Atomic and Molecular Structure (15 %) • Atoms, isotopes, ions • Equations, mole calculations, gases. • Electrons in atoms • Ionic bonding • Covalent bonding • Revision Reaction Rates, Energy and Equilibrium (30 %) • Acids and bases • Water and the pH scale • Energy of chemical reactions • Reaction rates • Chemical kinetics • Revision Inorganic chemistry (15 %) • Oxidation numbers • Redox reactions • Transition metals • The role of transition metal complexes in biological systems Organic Chemistry (40 %) • Organic chemistry – what and why? Hydrocarbons. • Functional groups - why organic chemistry is the molecular basis of biology. • Reactions of organic molecules 1 • Reactions of organic molecules 2 • Isomerism in organic chemistry • Physical properties of organic molecules • Characterisation of organic molecules • Revision lecture/ workshop.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

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

Wider reading or practice36
Follow-up work25
Preparation for scheduled sessions25
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%
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