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Unit information: Chemistry IE in 2020/21

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Unit name Chemistry IE
Unit code CHEM10200
Credit points 40
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Charmant
Open unit status Not open

Students should have the appropriate qualifications in Science, Mathematics at the equivalent of FHEQ level 2.



School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

The unit aims to bring students to a standard broadly equivalent to A-level Chemistry. It defines the tools of the subject, chemical constitution and stoichiometry. The electronic structure of atoms and bonding in molecules are introduced and used in discussing molecular shape and in outlining the properties of key elements and inorganic compounds. The concepts of energy, equilibria and chemical kinetics are explored. The importance of acid/base solution equilibria and of oxidation/reduction processes in determining the properties of aqueous solutions is discussed. Structural Organic Chemistry is introduced through a study of hydrocarbons. Simple functional groups and mechanisms of organic reactions are discussed, and features of biologically important molecules are outlined. Practical sessions and tutorials are integral to the unit.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit a successful student should be able to:

  • Describe atomic structure and use the periodic table to predict how atoms combine to make bonds in inorganic molecules, organic molecules and transition metal complexes.
  • Use atomic properties to predict molecular structure and relate the shapes of molecules to the electronic configurations adopted by the atoms within molecules.
  • Draw, name and assign stereochemistry to organic molecules by combining carbon frameworks and functional groups.
  • Predict the outcome of simple organic chemical reactions and confirm these predictions using spectroscopic data.
  • Balance chemical equations to predict quantities of reagents and products in chemical reactions
  • Predict the properties of a gas from the kinetic properties of its constituent atoms or molecules and describe the relationship between the pressure, volume and temperature of a gas.
  • Use the concepts of equilibrium, enthalpy and entropy to predict the direction of spontaneous change in chemical systems and to identify the standard energies of the products or reactants in a chemical reaction.
  • Predict the rate of a reaction and show and calculate how reaction rate varies with temperature.

Perform simple chemical analyses and use standard laboratory equipment to prepare and purify compounds. Recognise the risks present within a laboratory and employ safe working practice.

Teaching Information

The unit will be taught through a combination of* asynchronous online materials, including narrated presentations and worked examples* guided activities such as short questions and multiple choice quizzes to develop and check conceptual knowledge and understanding* synchronous weekly group seminars – live sessions where lecturers will discuss questions and consolidation of the taught material, discuss worked examples and problems solving* synchronous weekly group tutorials, which will include discussions of assignments, feedback to students, group work and discussions of concepts and methods of problems solving* independent practical activities* laboratory sessions; students who either begin or continue their studies in an online mode should note that it is likely they may be required to complete practical work or alternative activities in person, either during the academic year 2020/21 or subsequently, in order to meet the intended learning outcomes for the unit, prepare them for subsequent units or to satisfy any accreditation requirements

Assessment Information

Assessment for learning/Formative Assessment

Weekly worksheets with feedback provided in small-group tutorials

A 45 minute formative multiple-choice test in week 9 with follow up peer review session in the same week.

Assessment of learning/Summative Assessment

Continuously assessed laboratory practical work, including, as appropriate, pre- laboratory, in-laboratory and post-laboratory work: 10%

2-hour multiple-choice end-of-unit examination to assess all of the material covered throughout the year: 90%.

Reading and References

Chemistry, 4th edition, Blackman, Bottle, Schmid, Mocerino, Wille, 2018 (or 2nd, 3rd editions)