Introduction to Chemistry

Module summary

Module code: CHEM1116
Level: 0
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Samantha Booth


Pre and co requisites



• To provide students with a foundation knowledge in chemistry.
• To introduce students to atomic, ionic and molecular structures; and their applications within the chemical divisions.
• To explain key chemical concepts and the significance of theoretical models.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Use chemical terminology to explain the trends in the periodic table using theoretical models.
2 Give an overview of the functional groups of carbon.
3 Understand Hess’s Law and calculate changes in enthalpy.
4 Understand the principles of spectroscopy and spectrometry

Indicative content

The course will be organised on the basis of selected themes covering various aspects of Chemistry. Illustrations will be drawn from the exemplars indicated below as appropriate for the final award.

1. Fundamental Inorganic Chemistry covering atomic structure, electron arrangement, main patterns of the periodic table, theoretical models of structure related to physical properties, reactivity, shapes of orbitals and ionisation energies.
2. Fundamental Organic Chemistry covering the atomic structure of carbon, nomenclature, isomerism, polymers and functional groups (alkanes, alkenes, carboxylic acids, amides) with selected reactions.
3. Fundamental Physical Chemistry covering exothermic and endothermic changes, Hess's Law and calculation involving bond enthalpies, enthalpies of combustion and formation, entropy, Gibbs’ free energy, pH and simple electrochemical cells,
4. Fundamental Analytical Chemistry covering principles of infra-red spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance; moles and molarity, absorbance and the Beer-Lambert law.

Teaching and learning activity

The indicative content will be delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and workshops with an emphasis on student-centred learning that will be guided by appropriate formative assessments. Lectures/Tutorials 60% Workshops 40%.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Phase Test for IIC and IOC
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1 & 2
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting: 50%
Pass Mark: 40%
Outline Details: Short Q&A’s or MCQ component

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Phase Test for IPC and IAC
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1,3,4
Grading Mode:Numeric
Weighting: 50%
Pass Mark: 40%
Outline Details: Short Q&A’s with MCQ component

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Evaluative quizzes for all four topics