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LLLC0180 Chemistry for Interdisciplinary Sciences

15 creditsClass Size: 85

Module manager: Linda Forbes

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module requires no prior knowledge of chemistry and intends to teach the very basic principles of bonding, electronic structure and gives examples of basic reactions as well as unusual chemical properties. During this module you will be expected to apply knowledge gained from lectures, in workshops and in the laboratory to build a reasonable mental model of the atomic world based on direct observation and abstract concepts.


To begin to create a mental chemical model of the world, appreciating electronic structure of atoms and their bonding modes and how these atoms might behave in certain chemical environments.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Describe the structure of an atom and the likely consequences of specific electronic configurations on reactivity and bonding of that atom
2. Perform and observe chemical reactions safely in the laboratory and purposefully use reactions to synthesise compounds or make measurements
3. Create a process by which you can inspect new materials and predict the likely properties of those materials based on their chemical characteristics
4. Practice and refine a learning style which will allow students to apply knowledge to new chemical systems, little and often, to build up the most accurate and detailed model of the chemical world during their degree
5. Relate the interdisciplinary connections between biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, and physics

Skills outcomes
- Students will be able to apply chemical principles in new situations
- Students will be able to describe, explain and interpret results in terms of chemical principles and concepts and be able to apply mathematical methods to solve problems in chemistry
- Experience of basic chemical techniques using a range of chemical compounds.


The content will cover areas such as:
- Atomic and electronic structure
- Covalent, ionic and metallic bonding
- The mole as a central unit; using unit analysis to determine methods of calculating quantities measurable in the real world
- Polarity and electronic distribution in molecules
- Intermolecular forces
- Predicting and measuring enthalpy of reactions
- IUPAC naming conventions of common functional groups
- Acidic and basic compounds
- Oxidation and reduction
- Structure-property relationships including polymers, giant covalent lattices and alloys

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
Independent online learning hours24.00
Private study hours76.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent on-line learning:
Using VLE resources 24
Private study:
Reading 16
Working problem sets 15 Preparing coursework 15 Revision for examinations 15 Preparation for practical sessions 15

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

In the first semester coursework will be predominately summative to encourage student engagement with the academic content and with the practice of independent study. In the second semester this scaffolding is removed and the focus shifts to more formative assessment to further develop the appropriate skills as independent learners to support undergraduate study.
General feedback on assignment performance will be posted on Minerva, while individual feedback will also be provided upon marking of assignments. Students will also participate in self and peer review across the foundation year.

Methods of assessment

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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1500 word lab report20.00
Written Work3 x 2 hour Problem sets15.00
In-course Assessment1 x 30 minute in-course exam15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Due to the developmental and pedagogical nature of some assessments and timings, there is not a viable opportunity to provide a resit for the following: Science mid-terms in the first semester; laboratory sessions provided by external departments, or after a coursework deadline has passed and the model answers have been shared. If a student fails the module coursework the resit opportunity will be an equivalent problem based learning assessment in July. Students who miss any of these learning opportunities can apply for mitigating circumstances and potentially could be given consideration at the exam board. A minimum attendance standard is expected for lab sessions.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 2 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

In order to receive credit for the module, the exam component must be passed.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:23:10


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