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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE1135 Foundation Chemistry

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Stephen Stackhouse
Email: s.stackhouse@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

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

Module summary

The main aim of this module is 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. In particular, to equip students with the chemical background to undertake level 2 Earth and Environmental Sciences modules.

Objectives

- 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.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Describe the structure of the atom, interpret and predict spectra, and write electron configurations for atoms and ions.
2. Describe the main features of the period table, and how they relate to the electron configuration of elements.
3. Predict the compounds elements will form and their chemical formula.
4. Describe the basis for the different types of chemical bonds (ionic, covalent and metallic bonding), predict the type of bonding in a compound and its physical properties..
5. Predict the products of chemical reactions, write correct chemical notation and balanced chemical equations, taking into account stoichiometry.
6. Understand the mole concept and be able to perform quantitative chemistry calculations.
7. Describe and perform calculations related to chemical equilibria, pH and redox reactions.
8. Describe, comment on and perform calculations relating to case studies in Earth and environmental sciences.


Syllabus

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
e-Lecture141.0014.00
Tutorial101.0010.00
Tutorial102.0020.00
Private study hours56.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Problem sets: 20 hours
- Preparation for lectures and tutorials: 10 hours
- Exam revision: 26 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Feedback will be given orally during tutorial sessions and written feedback will be provided on the problem set.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentProblem Set40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 1 hr 30 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

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: 10/08/2020 08:46:32

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