SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2F124502
Module Leader Mahesh Uttamlal
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Chemical Science
  • A (September start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

M1F121832 Chemistry

Summary of Content

The module will consolidate and extend the basic chemical principles acquired in Level 1 and provide the theoretical basis for the analytical chemistry techniques based on spectroscopy, electroanalysis and chromatography.


THERMODYNAMICS " Introduction to thermodynamics - 1st and 2nd Laws. " The thermodynamics description of mixtures. " Phase diagrams and phase transitions - single, two component and three component systems. " Partial molar quantities and the chemical potential. " Partition, solvent extraction and chromatographic separation. KINETICS " The temperature dependence of reaction rates - Arrhenius equation. " Elementary reactions; collision theory, activated complex theory. " Effusion and diffusion - Graham's Law and Fick's Law. SPECTROSCOPY " Electromagnetic radiation - region of the spectrum associated with electronic transitions in atoms and molecules. " Theoretical principles of spectroscopic transitions. IONS IN SOLUTION " Ions in solution. " Electrodes and electrochemical cells - metal ion electrodes, amalgam electrodes, metal/insoluble salt electrodes, redox electrodes. " Standard electrode potential - The Nernst equation, deducing the EMF and activity coefficient. " Calculation of thermodynamic data from the EMF of cells. " Ionic conductivity - conductance, specific conductivity, molar conductivity, limiting molar conductivity, strong electrolytes and weak electrolytes (Ostwald's Dilution Law). 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 successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1 Demonstrate an understanding of thermodynamic principles;2 Determine the rates of chemical reactions and interpret the data to establish the mechanism of the chemical process;3 Demonstrate a knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of spectroscopy;4 Demonstrate an understanding of separation of chemical mixtures;5 Describe a range of electrochemical cells types and determine the associated electrochemical data. 6 Carry out experimental physical chemistry and data analysis in 1-5 above.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module utilises tutorials, lectures and chemistry practical laboratories for the delivery of a core science module. The module will use a mathematical approach to deliver scientific theory. The tutorials will involve a series of mathematical problems to develop a deeper understanding of the scientific principles. The scientific theories will also be further developed/tested through laboratory practicals and data analysis using a numerical/graphical approach. Communication skills of the student will be developed by the use of formal laboratory report writing using software packages. Students will be supported by use of the managed learning environment GCULearn. Where appropriate there will be group working activities.

Indicative Reading

Atkins' Physical Chemistry (10th Edition, 2014 ), Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780199697403 On-line resources: Elements of Physical Chemistry (7th Edition, 2016), Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN:9780198727873

Transferrable Skills

The student will develop problem specification and problem solving skills. In addition the laboratory work will equip the student with practical techniques and written communication skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 30.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 114.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
EX1 2.00 60.00 35% One unseen written examination: Attempt three questions from six - each question worth 20 marks. Learning Outcomes 1-5.
CW1 0.00 40.00 35% Four laboratory reports -Learning Outcome 6