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Unit information: Chemistry IE in 2021/22

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

Students will be provided with online material including narrated presentations and worked examples. Students will be supported in the development of their understanding through twice weekly seminars and weekly tutorials. Experimental skills will be developed through practical classes.

Assessment Information

Assessment for learning/Formative Assessment: weekly worksheets with feedback provided in small-group tutorials; an online multiple choice progress test will be held towards the end of the first teaching block with feedback provided in a subsequent session.

Assessment of learning/Summative Assessment continuously assessed laboratory practicals, including, as appropriate, pre-laboratory, in-laboratory and post-laboratory work: 10% Multiple-choice timed, end-of-unit examination to assess all of the material covered throughout the year: 90%.


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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.

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.