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Unit information: Core Concepts in Chemistry in 2021/22

Unit name Core Concepts in Chemistry
Unit code CHEM20007
Credit points 40
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Chris Russell
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

Either CHEM10010 Quantitative Chemistry I, CHEM10011 Quantitative Chemistry II, MATH11004 Maths 1A20 or PHYS10009 Introductory Mathematics for Physics

CHEM10013 Building Blocks of Chemistry

Co-requisites

N/A

School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

We will develop a thorough and interconnected understanding of core chemistry through the 3 key themes expressed in the core Year 1 unit (Building Blocks of Chemistry) which were Structure, Change, and Analysis. We will continue to build upon these themes based around the structure in the following components:

  • Structure
  • C-C bond formation
  • d-block chemistry
  • Periodicity
  • Molecular order and disorder
  • Carbonyl substitution
  • Molecular shape and orbitals
  • Organometallics
  • Solid State Structures
  • Kinetics and Reactivity
  • Synthesis festival

Aims:

  1. Apply chemistry knowledge and understanding
  2. Evaluate sources to find chemical information
  3. Analyse and interpret data and solve problems creatively in chemistry and wider contexts
  4. Communicate chemistry

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit students will be able to:

  1. Apply core chemistry concepts in describing topics and areas of current research
  2. Choose models to provide explanations to chemical problems
  3. Find information to explore a field of research; summarise information gathered from a range of literature sources
  4. Use synoptic knowledge, understanding of theoretical models and data analyses to solve chemical problems in real-world contexts
  5. Synthesise seemingly different areas of knowledge in explaining chemical problems
  6. Communicate complex chemicals ideas in both written and oral formats.

Teaching Information

We aim to use a blended learning approach involving a mixture of asynchronous and synchronous lecture, online resources, individual student led enquiry and team-based student led enquiry. Running vertically through the strands are a range of capstone/cornerstone topics: How Things Work, Plastic Fantastic?, Viruses, Climate Emergency, Building for the Future, Aerosols, Health. The synoptic questions that will be use in the end-of-year exam will come exclusively from these capstone/cornerstone components.

Summary of approximate student workload:

Self-study and continuous assessment: 304 hours

Lectures equivalents: 72 hours

Tutorials/workshops: 24 x 1 hour

Total: 400 hours

Assessment Information

The unit will be assessed by a mixture of continuous assessment (50%) and end-of-year open-book assessment (50%).

Summative assessment: (50%) An exam focussing on the topics of the capstone course that will be an integral part of this unit.

Four pieces of coursework (worth 12.5% each). These will be a mixture of: worksheets; designing and presenting a poster; extended writing;

Both the continuous and examination assessment should cover all the ILOs, and should be situated within the capstone topics rather than the individual strands.

Resources

If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. CHEM20007).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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