Change and its Measurement

Module summary

Module code: CHEM1117
Level: 0
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Milan Antonijevic


Pre and co requisites



1. To introduce students to key concepts of science and of biological and chemical change and their measurement.
2. To develop students’ abilities to solve numerical problems related to the core concepts of analytical chemistry.
3. To introduce students to the fundamental principles, concepts, knowledge and skills, which influence change within disciplines such as forensic science.
4. To introduce students to some of the analytical chemistry and pharmaceutical science methods used in drug discovery and development to analyse drugs and their properties.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1 Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in analytical chemistry and solve quantitative problems relating to these concepts.
2 Have a basic understanding of what drug discovery and development entails.
3 Explain the principles of forensic science and be able to differentiate between separate subject areas that make up the forensic science.

Indicative content

The module aims to give a basic understanding of determining change and how scientists quantify such changes. A disparate range of application is covered, including the following elements:
1. Chemical calculations: SI units, mass, moles, volume, density, concentration (%w/v, %v/v, M, N), dilution factor, yield.
2. Statistics: basic statistical methods for analysis, accuracy and precision, significant figures, experimental errors and measuring changes and their significance.
3. Appreciation of the work carried out in the disciplines of: Blood pattern analysis, Ballistics , Trace evidence, Fingerprints, DNA, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Entomology, Computer forensics, Forensic Toxicology.
4. Appreciation of the magnitude of effort involved in the discovery of a drug and the array of different scientific disciplines involved, and the approaches that they take and the measurements that they make.