module specification

PR3003 - Chemistry (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Chemistry
Module level Foundation (03)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 300
72 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
208 hours Guided independent study
20 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 20%   Essay
Coursework 40%   Portfolio of Tests (3 x 20 mins)
Coursework 40%   Portfolio of Tests (3 x 20 mins)
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module will be introducing you to important ideas and concepts in fundamental chemistry that will allow you to study scientific subjects at level 4.

The module aims to develop your understanding of fundamental concepts involving the molecular sciences relating to the periodic table, atomic properties, chemical bonds, simple chemical reactions and nomenclature. In addition, skills adjunct to the chemical sciences including numeracy, logical argument, research, and the utilisation of abstract models will be developed. Regular low-stakes assessments are employed to encourage learning, student motivation, attentiveness, and attendance.

Prior learning requirements

Study Abroad: No


• Atoms and forces:  matter is built from atoms interacting and bonding through electrostatic forces.  The structure of matter affects its physical and chemical properties, and influences how substances react chemically. (LOs 1,5)
• Chemical bonds: The understanding of how chemical bonds are made and broken by the movement of electrons allows us to predict patterns of reactivity. (LOs 2,5)
• Patterns in chemical behaviour and reactions:  By identifying patterns in chemical behaviour we can predict the properties of substances and how they can be transformed into new substances by chemical reactions. This allows us to design new materials of use to society. (LOs 1-5)
• Energy changes:  The energy changes that take place during chemical reactions can be used to predict both the extent and the rate of such reactions. (LOs 3,5)
• Organic chemistry:  introduction to organic chemistry including basic functional groups, nomenclature, empirical formulae, chemical formulae and structural formulae; (LOs 2,4,5)
• Acids and bases. (LOs 2,3)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module is delivered through a range of different mechanisms including tutorials, lectures and on-line material.

Teaching and learning sessions consist of lectures, tutorials and workshops.
Lectures (48 h) are used to deliver subject material and are linked to tutorials (24 h).  Tutorials are utilized to develop problem solving skills throughout the module.
Students will be expected to reflect on the learning experience and develop their own understanding of the topics covered; guided independent study accounts for 208h.
The module is supported by a website on WebLearn with a particular emphasis on consolidation of previous and current learning.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the students will be able to:
1. display understanding of the periodic variation of atomic properties;
2. explain the structure of, and bonding in, simple compounds, and relate this to their displayed physical properties;
3. perform calculations in logical and precise manner on simple chemical systems;
4. explain how compounds and elements combine in simple chemicals reactions;
5. recall simple chemical nomenclature;

Assessment strategy

The module will be assessed by means of a portfolio of mini-tests each semester and an essay.

To pass the module students need to achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 40%.