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:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Miss Jenny Eyley

Email: j.eyley@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

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:




  • Explain chemical processes and apply chemical knowledge to answer A level standard questions on the topics listed below.

  • Work safely and effectively in the laboratory.

  • Present scientific work accurately and draw conclusions from experimental results.


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: chemical calculations; organic molecules; atomic structure; bonding and intermolecular forces; the periodic table and its elements; redox reactions; organic mechanisms; thermodynamics; equilibria; kinetics; chemical analysis and spectroscopy.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Theory classes involve teaching and class discussion and in-class exercises. Students will also complete practical experiments in the laboratory and complete exercises linking theory to experimental results.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 40 40 12
Tutorials 10 10 3
Practicals classes and workshops 14 14 4
Guided independent study: 111 111 31
       
Total hours by term 175 175 50
       
Total hours for module 400

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Practical skills assessment 30
Class test administered by School 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:
One three hour examination.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

End of term tests are completed at the end of the Autumn and Spring terms (2 x 5%).

Practical work is assessed continuously over three terms by performance in the laboratory, pre-lab tests and post-lab exercises (30%).


Formative assessment methods:

A mid-term test will be held in the autumn and spring terms.


Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

    Assessment 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):

    Last updated: 10 April 2019

    THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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