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SOEE1135 Foundation Chemistry

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Andy Bray

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

GCSE Single Chemistry or GCSE Double Science.

Students on prescribed programmes, without A level chemistry (Grade A-C) or equivalent) have to study this module.

Module replaces

SOEE1131 Introduction into chemistry for earth scientists

This module is not approved as a discovery module


- To provide a background in basic inorganic chemistry theory for students who lack A level Chemistry, drawing throughout on examples taken from the field of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
- To equip students with the chemical background to undertake level 2 Earth and Environmental Sciences modules.


- The structure of the atom: Spectra, and electron configurations.
- Chemical periodicity, electronic structure and the period table Chemical bonding. Ionic, covalent and metallic bonding.
- Chemical reactions, chemical notation, equations and stoichiometry.
- The mole concept; introduction to quantitative chemistry.
- Chemical equilibria, pH and redox reactions.
- Case studies in earth and environmental sciences

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment41.004.00
Private study hours68.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Weekly tutorials: 14 hours
- Revision for tests: 20 hours
- Exam revision: 20 hours
- Preparation for lectures and practicals: 14 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Tutorial work submitted in weeks 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11;Feedback provided in following class
- 1 practical workbook : submitted on day of practical.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentMock Examination with Formative feedback0.00
In-course AssessmentIn-Class Test12.00
In-course AssessmentLab Worksheets with Fomative feedback0.00
Practical6 x Assessed tutorials (6 x 3%)18.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

The coursework assignments are essential for student learning purposes but do not contribute towards the marks for the module. Re-sits are by examination.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 10 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Resit will comprise a single unseen examination paper which will form 100% of the resit mark.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 23/07/2019


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