PR3003 - Chemistry (2021/22)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2021/22|
|Module level||Foundation (03)|
|Credit rating for module||30|
|School||School of Human Sciences|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2021/22||
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.
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;
The module will be assessed by means of regular minitests (eight in total) and an essay.
To pass the module students need to achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 40%.
PR3003 reading list