2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
CAPE1060 Fundamentals of Process Chemistry
10 creditsClass Size: 80
Module manager: Dr AJ Scott
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
This module is mutually exclusive with
|CAPE1070||Foundation Engineering Physics|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module provides students with only a GCSE, or equivalent level, qualification in chemistry with an understanding of the fundamental aspects of process chemistry to a level equivalent to an Advanced-Level qualification. Within this remit the module is tailored to topics of particular relevance to process engineering and aviation technology degree programmes.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students with only a GCSE, or equivalent level, qualification in chemistry, should have an understanding of the fundamental aspects of process chemistry to a level equivalent to an Advanced-Level qualification. Within this remit the module is tailored to topics of particular relevance to process engineering, materials science and aviation technology.
Attainment of a sound understanding of the fundamental principles of chemical science that underpin important concepts in the engineering and applied science degree programmes supported.
This module provides practice leading to an improvement and refinement of analytical and numerical skills. The module promotes independent learning.
Description of the structure of the atom. Electronic configuration and atomic orbitals. The periodic table. Chemical bonding; metallic, ionic and covalent. Shapes of molecules based on VSEPR theory. Intermolecular forces. Compounds and mixtures. States of matter including ideal gas equation. Inter-atomic and intermolecular interactions and relationship to melting and boiling points of phases. Balancing chemical equations and performing simple material balance calculations. Introduction to organic chemistry. Shapes of organic molecules including explanation of conformers, isomers and geometric isomers. Concept of hybridization of atomic orbitals to produce bonding orbitals. Description and comparison of covalent bonding in ethyne, ethene and ethane. Difference between sigma and pi covalent bonding. Explanation of the shape of ethene molecule and lack of free rotation about the carbon-carbon double bond. Comparison of molecular shapes of cyclohexane and benzene, introduction of concept of delocalised pi-bonding. Survey of functional groups and homologous series of organic compounds: alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxlylic acids, esters and amines. Systematic naming of organic compounds. Introduction to classes of chemical reactions of organic compounds. Explanation of terms homolytic and heterolytic fission of covalent bonds. Chlorination of methane as an example of reaction involving free radicals. Explanation of terms; initiation, propagation and termination in free radical reactions. Examples of nucleophilic substitution reactions. Examples of elimination reactions. Example of electrophillic addition reactions, (bromination of ethene). Rates of chemical reaction processes. Explanation of rate equations and terms therein. Description of the Maxwell Boltzmann distribution of kinetic energies. Explanation of activation energy, transition state and reaction coordinate. Definition of an elementary reaction and relationship to rate law. Use of partial pressure as a measure of concentration in gas phase reactions. Description of concept of chemical equilibrium. Definition of equilibrium constant and determination of its units. Explanation of Le Chatelier's principle application to Haber process for the production of ammonia. Review of acids and bases. Definition of strong and weak acids and bases. Definition of ionic product for water as basis of pH scale, and pKa for weak acids.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||68.00|
|Total Contact hours||32.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyEight non-assessed coursework problem sheets are provided as the basis of the tutorial sessions, it is envisaged that students also use these sheets as a basis for structuring their private study to support this module.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackProgress is monitored and feedback given to the students at the weekly tutorials.
Methods of assessment
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||100.00|
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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