SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1F121832
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Chemical Science
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim is to provide the student with a sound knowledge of chemistry fundamentals on which they can build in later years of the programme. Students will begin with a study of the concepts of atomic and molecular structures, and go on to examine the stoichiometry, kinetics and mechanisms of reaction. Other topics covered include organic functional group reactions, the stereochemistry of simple organic molecules and chemical equilibria.


Chemical reactions, stoichiometry, molar concentrations. Atomic structure, electron configuration and chemical bonding. Recognition of the principal organic functional groups, their structure and reactions. The distinction between aliphatic and aromatic molecules. Introduction to structural, conformational, geometrical and optical isomerism. The rate laws for zero, first and second order kinetics; half-lives. Chemical equilibria and the uses of the law of mass action. Ionic equilibria for strong and weak acids and bases, pH and buffers. The syllabus consists of a list of topics normally covered within the module. Each topic may not be dealt with in the same detail.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1 Describe the structure and bonding in chemical species; 2 Perform calculations related to stoichiometry of reactions;3 Relate the different functional groups of organic molecules to their characteristic reactions;4 Draw 3-D structures of conformational and configurational isomers;5 Demonstrate their knowledge of elementary reaction mechanisms of organic reactions; 6 Perform calculations relating to zero, first and second order reactions;7 Predict the direction of change in equilibrium position and perform calculations involving the equilibrium constant Kc;8 Apply the concept of ionic equilibria and perform calculations involving pH, pOH, Ka and Kb;9 Demonstrate the skills of accurate and methodical laboratory practice.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered through an integrated series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. Students will take part in practical laboratory work which will develop data acquisition and manipulation skills, individual and group working skills, laboratory report writing skills and communication skills. The students' progress throughout the module is assessed via a number of class exercises and multiple choice tests allowing rapid feedback, as well as continuous monitoring of their practical work, with lab books marked at the end of each practical. Students will be supported by use of the managed learning environment GCULearn with links to practice problems and on-line videos.

Indicative Reading

"Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry", by J.R. Holum, 6th Ed.,1997 Wiley, ISBN 0471175749 "Chemistry3", A. Burrows, J. Holman, A. Parsons, G. Pilling, G. Price, 2nd Ed., 2013 Oxford, ISBN 0199691851 "Chemistry for the Biosciences, The Essential Concepts", J. Crowe, T. Bradshaw & P. Monk, 3rd Ed. 2014., Oxford, ISBN 0199662886 "CatchUp Chemistry, For the Life and Medical Sciences", M. Fry & E. Page, 2nd Ed., 2012 Scion, ISBN 1904842895

Transferrable Skills

The students will develop their skills in problem solving; written communication; observation and recording of practical information; peer group interaction.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 30.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 128.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
CW1 14.00 40.00 35% Sucessful completion of Lab Portfolio, Learning outcomes 2,3,6,7 and 9.
EX1 2.00 60.00 35% Successful completion of Unseen Exam, Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8.