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GSCI0009 Fundamentals of Chemistry

Module Overview

This module is designed to provide students with the chemistry knowledge and skills required for a successful transition to degree-level study in disciplines which require a strong background in the subject. The material covered is at a level corresponding to pre-university qualifications such as Alevel in the UK. The module provides a foundation of knowledge in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, and there is a strong emphasis on the application of the subject in different contexts such as biology.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Develop essential knowledge and understanding of chemistry appropriate to this level and apply these in new situations; develop an understanding of scientific methods; develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment; bring together knowledge of how different areas of chemistry relate to each other and to the use of chemistry in society.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • recognise, recall and show understanding of chemical facts, terminology, principles, concepts and practical techniques;
  • draw on existing knowledge to show understanding of the ethical, social, economic, environmental and technological implications and applications of chemistry;
  • select, organise and present relevant information clearly and logically, using specialist vocabulary where appropriate
  • use chemical skills in contexts which bring together different areas of the subject.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • manage your own learning;
  • communicate scientific information effectively;
  • apply mathematical methods to solve problems in chemistry;
  • apply problem solving techniques to familiar and unfamiliar chemical problems;
  • use IT to support learning.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • describe, explain and interpret phenomena and effects in terms of chemical principles and concepts, presenting arguments and ideas clearly and logically, using specialist vocabulary where appropriate;
  • interpret and translate from one form to another, data presented as continuous prose, or in tables, diagrams, drawings and graphs;
  • apply chemical principles and concepts in solving problems in unfamiliar situations including those which relate to ethical, social, economic and technological implications and applications of chemistry;
  • assess the validity of chemical information, experiments, inferences and statements

Learning and Teaching

Follow-up work36
Preparation for scheduled sessions36
Completion of assessment task4
Wider reading or practice-18
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 40%
Exam  (2 hours) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%
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