Number of credits: 40

Entry requirements: Equivalent of at least a good standard GCSE Chemistry or Combined Science.


The module aims to provide the students with an understanding of the basic principles of general chemistry to allow them to proceed to undergraduate studies in related subjects.

Intended learning outcomes

Assessable outcomes

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

  • demonstrate an understanding of the topics outlined below to a standard equivalent to A level
  • be able to answer questions to the same standard on any of the topics outlined below.
  • present their practical workings in a formal scientific report
  • students should gain competence in the manipulation and interpretation of numerical and practical data.

Additional outcomes

Students will be expected to:

  • show an improvement in communication skills through small-group work
  • record results accurately and draw logical conclusions from them
  • show a reasonable level of competence in basic laboratory techniques.

Outline content

Topics in inorganic chemistry include: structure and bonding, the periodic table and trends in properties of the elements therein and the chemistry of selected elements. In physical chemistry topics include the gas, liquid and solid states, energy changes, chemical equilibrium and kinetics. Organic chemistry covers all major functional groups in carbon based molecules.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Theory classes involve teaching and class discussion. A two hour practical session is held in the laboratory each week; students perform a series of experiments under supervision and are expected to write up a laboratory report after each one.

Student views of this module

Sharmin Alhaque (Iran)
'I chose to study this module because the Pharmacy degree which I am going to study next year is related to Chemistry and I need to have a good background in and knowledge of this subject.
Performing the experiments is the most interesting aspect of my studies in this module and also the mixture between theory and laboratory skills.  I have found that writing the practical reports is the most challenging aspect of the module but it is also interesting. 
The advice that I would give to future students studying Chemistry is that the lecturer is very kind and helpful and that your theory and practical skills will improve.'

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