CH1FC1-Fundamental Concepts in Chemistry 1

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: THIS MODULE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR STUDENTS GRADE B OR HIGHER IN A LEVEL CHEMISTRY OR EQUIVALENT. This module is REQUIRED for BSc Microbiology and BSc Biomedical students without AS Chemistry or an equivalent qualification. This module is REQUIRED for BSc Zoology, BSc Biological Science and BSc Animal Science students without AS or A2 level Chemistry. This module is REQUIRED for BSc Food Science other BSc Food students WITHOUT A level Chemistry at grade C or above or an equivalent qualification.
Modules excluded: CH1OR1 Shape, Structure and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry or CH1IN1 Fundamentals of Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table or CH1PH1 Physical Processes and Molecular Organisation
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Elizabeth Page


Summary module description:
An introduction to basic chemical concepts necessary for students without an A level in chemistry studying on degrees in the life sciences. The module will cover atomic structure, bonding, intermolecular forces, simple organic structure and nomenclature. Isomerism. Acid and base behaviour and the theory of buffer behaviour. Basic concepts in energy changes in chemical reactions and rates. In addition moles, quantities and concentrations will be introduced.

To provide students with the background in chemistry necessary for studies in Food Science or Biology

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students should be able to answer questions, summarise information and perform calculations on any of the topics outlined below.

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop a familiarity with the language and terminology of chemistry, will improve their numeracy skills and have opportunity for small group work in the problem solving sessions. Students will become aware of the importance of chemistry to society through the recent literature.

Outline content:
Weeks 1 and 2: Essential Atoms.
The structure of the atom and the main sub-atomic particles. Arrangement of electrons in atoms and the build-up of the Periodic Table. Electropositivity and electronegativity, ionic bonding. Isotopes and uses. Nuclear power.

Weeks 3 and 4: Essential Molecules.
Simple bonding models – covalent, ionic, coordinate. Intermolecular forces. Shapes of simple molecules. Properties of water: hydrophilic and hydrophobic interactions and solubility.

Weeks 5 and 6: Molecules for Life
Functional groups. Building bigger molecules. Proteins, carbohydrates and fatty acids. Geometric and optical isomerism.

Weeks 7 and 8: Molecules for Health
Aspirin and paracetemol. Dosage – amount and number of moles. Concentrations and dilutions. Acids, bases and buffers. pH . Amino acids.

Weeks 9 and 10: Energy and kinetics.
What makes reactions go and what makes them go faster?

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
A two-hour lecture together with a related workshop session every week. Each session will be based on a specific chemical topic and related article from the journal ‘Education in Chemistry’.

In the Summer Term the 2 lecture hours are assigned as revision lectures.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 2
Seminars 10
Guided independent study 30 38
Total hours by term 60.00 40.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Class test administered by School 40

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will attend workshops on the material covered in this module. Each topic will be supported by an accompanying article available on the associated Blackboard site. Students will consolidate each week’s lecture material by reading the related article and answering the questions embedded within. Short multiple choice tests will be carried out during workshops in the second half of the term. Attendance and performance at workshops will be monitored.

Relative percentage of coursework: Multiple choice tests: 40%

Formative assessment methods:
Students are given face to face feedback every week during workshops sessions. There are online quizzes on each topic on the associated Blackboard site which students can try every week. Students get feedback on their attempts at the quizzes. There are revision classes in the summer term with feedback on performance.

Penalties for late submission:

No coursework submission in this module.
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:
    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:
    1.5 hrs

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment will be held in August and will be by examination only worth 100%.

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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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