module specification

AS4002A - Chemistry and Biochemistry (for Applied Biology) (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Chemistry and Biochemistry (for Applied Biology)
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
 
114 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 50%   In-Course Tests
Unseen Examination 50%   Progress exam (1 hour)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Thursday Morning

Module summary

The module  provides an introduction to core aspects of chemistry - concepts of chemical formulae, reaction processes, and interactions between particles are enumerated. Fundementals of organic chemistry are expounded, with emphasis on bonding, molecular structure, and simple reaction mechanisms

Module aims

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. This module aims to introduce students to core aspects of chemistry - concepts of chemical formulae, reaction processes, and interactions between particles are enumerated. The fundamentals of organic chemistry are expounded, with emphasis on bonding, molecular structure, and simple reaction mechanisms.  This module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility.

Syllabus

Fundamentals of Chemistry:
The formulae of simple chemical compounds;  balancing equations; moles and amounts; introduction to atoms, ions, radicals (illustrated for O-containing species);  very brief overview of the chemistry of the first 20 elements of the periodic table (oxidation states, examples of compounds formed).
States of matter; intermolecular forces; introduction to equilibrium; acids, bases, pKa, pKb.
Introductory Organic Chemistry:
Empirical formulae, chemical formulae and structural formulae; calculation of % yield. Introductory concepts of bonding (sigma and pi bonds); hybridisation. Nomenclature and bonding in simple organic molecules as exemplified by commonly encountered compounds e.g. aspirin.
Stereochemistry. Geometric isomers (cis/trans, E/Z) and chirality; R and S isomers, the Cahn Ingold Prelog nomenclature. Reaction mechanisms: SN1, SN2, E1, E2. Synthesis and hydrolysis of esters and amides. Introductory Aromatic Chemistry.

Learning and teaching

Teaching and learning sessions include tutorials (12 h), lectures (26 h) and mini-tests
Tutorials have an emphasis on problem solving based on preset work with student participation and group activities.  Students will be expected to prepare in advance for tutorials  to develop problem-solving skills using worksheets provided.  Feedback from these sessions facilitates the learning process.
Lectures are used to set context and to deliver subject material, and are linked to tutorials and mini-tests.
Students will be expected to reflect on the learning experience and develop their own understanding of the material.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

  1. write and explain the formulae of simple chemical species, and balance simple chemical reactions;
  2. explain the different states of matter, and how these are influenced by intermolecular forces;
  3. calculate yields of reactions, understand the concepts of functional group and reactive species, and name a variety of organic molecules;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of bonding in organic chemistry; and identify stereoisomers and geometic isomers of organic compounds;
  5. show understanding of key organic reaction mechanisms (SN1, SN2, E1, E2, aromatic), and the formation and hydrolysis of esters and amides;

Assessment strategy

The module will be summatively assessed by means of 5 mini-tests (50%) and an exam (50%)

Component Marks Learning outcomes
Mini-tests 50% 1-5
written exam (1 hour) 50% 1-5

 

                                                             
                                                                      
                                                  

Bibliography

Burrows, A., Holman, J., Parsons, A., Pilling, G., Price, G., (2009), Chemistry3, Oxford University Press.
Bruce, P. (2007) Organic Chemistry, Fifth Edition, Pearson-Prentice Hall.