CH0CHE-Chemistry

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Level:F
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: Equivalent of at least a good standard in GCSE Chemistry
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Elizabeth Page

Email: e.m.page@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
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.

Aims:
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.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students should 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.
• Show a reasonable level of competence in basic practical laboratory techniques.
• Present their practical workings in a formal scientific report.

Additional outcomes:
Students will show an improvement in communication skills through small-group work.
Students will gain competence in the manipulation and interpretation of numerical data. They will be able to record results accurately and draw logical conclusions from them.

Outline content:
Topics in include: atomic structure, ionic and covalent bonding, inter and intramolecular forces and impact on properties of molecule. The periodic table and trends in properties of the elements focussing on Groups 1, 2 and 17 and the d block elements. In physical chemistry topics include the gas, liquid and solid states, energy changes, chemical equilibrium and kinetics. Organic chemistry covers the nomenclature and properties of major functional groups in carbon based molecules, reactivities of various families of organic molecules and mass spectrometry, infra-red and NMR spectroscopy.

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, complete laboratory reports and write-ups

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 44 40 12
Tutorials 11 10 3
Practicals classes and workshops 22 20 6
Guided independent study 106 97 29
       
Total hours by term 183.00 167.00 50.00
       
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Practical skills assessment 10
Set exercise 20
Class test administered by School 10

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework:
Continual assessment of practical work over three terms. In addition students complete one assessed practical carried out under examination conditions. End of term tests at the end of the Autumn and Spring terms.
Relative percentage of coursework : Assessed practical (10%), end of term tests (10%), weekly practical reports (20%).

During Autumn, Spring & Summer terms students will be required to complete two pieces of homework and one practical report each week.

Examination: 60%

Submission dates:
Homework and practical work must be completed on a weekly basis and submitted to the course lecturer.

Attendance at lab sessions:
A minimum attendance of 75% at Chemistry laboratory sessions is required for progression on to
Science-related degree courses. This is to allow students time to develop sufficient awareness of Health and Safety issues, and also to develop their practical skills to a level which allows them to access degree-level courses in Science-related subjects. Students who cannot attend a practical session for any reason should submit an EC form. Students who fail to attend a practical session without an approved EC form will receive a mark of zero for that session.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:
• where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
• where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One three hour examination.

    Requirements for a pass:
    Requirements for a pass: 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By examination in August with continuous assessment carried forward if it is to the advantage of the student.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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