AP0312 - Introduction to Chemistry

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will develop an understanding of the fundamental principles underpinning the subject of chemistry. Through discussion of theory and engaging in practical experimentation you will improve your knowledge of the five core areas of chemistry:
1. Organic chemistry: where you will study atomic structure, bonding and reactivity of organic compounds.
2. Analytical chemistry: where you will study reactions to detect specific functional groups, alongside instrumental techniques such as mass spectrometry.
3. Molecular modeling: where you will study how to represent chemical structures using a computer, in addition to developing a better understanding of molecular geometry and isomerism
4. Inorganic chemistry: where you will study the structure and properties of metals and their complexes.
5. Physical chemistry: where you will study factors affecting the rate and progress of chemical reactions.
You will also spend time developing chemistry-focussed laboratory skills including considering the implications of risk management and safety, which is a critical skill for all practising chemists.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical classes and tutor-guided independent learning activities. The theory of the subject will be delivered through lectures on a range of introductory topics in chemistry from lecturers who are experts in their field. You will develop your technical skills through participation in a series of laboratory classes, each supported by a seminar which will outline the relevant theory. You will be provided with a series of problems to work through in your own time designed to test your own comprehension of the material, and you will also be provided with background reading by each lecturer to allow you to develop your understanding at your own pace.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be provided with access to lecture notes and supplementary materials such as useful websites and videos through Blackboard Ultra. Here you will also be kept up-to-date with the organisation of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and the tutor-guided activities. This information will complement the electronic timetable which will be issued to you centrally via University timetabling. You will also have access to a student forum on Blackboard Ultra where you can ask questions and find answers from your peers and your lecturers. At the end of each taught session lecturers will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions, however staff can be contacted outside of these sessions by email and you can arrange time to discuss issues at a time convenient to you both.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will develop your knowledge of the fundamental theoretical principles of chemistry.
2. You will participate in practical laboratory practicals to further develop your understanding of organic and analytical chemistry.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will develop your transferable key skills by working as part of a team to solve a problem in the laboratory.
4. You will operate in a safe and effective manner in the laboratory.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will gain a greater insight into the need for risk assessment in chemistry for personal and public safety.

How will I be assessed?

You will participate in a group laboratory exercise to determine the cause of a simulated environmental disaster (MLOs KU2, KU3 and IPSA3 and IPSA4).

Through attendance at the session, your findings, and your answers to a series of MCQs via the eLP will provide you with a summative mark (MLOs KU1, KU2, IPSA 3 and PVA5).

In addition, formative assessment will be provided during the laboratory sessions, on an individual or group basis (supporting MLOs KU1, KU2, IPSA 3, IPSA 4 and PVA5).




AP0306, AP0307, AP0308 and AP0309

Module abstract

A degree in chemistry enables you to work in a wide variety of sectors after graduation, from pharmaceutical to industrial and from environmental to education. This module is designed to introduce chemistry as a degree programme, and to help you to develop the skills needed to be successful on the BSc (Hons) Chemistry and Master of Chemistry programmes here at Northumbria University. Through a combination of lectures, interactive seminars and practical classes you will learn about the core areas of chemistry: organic, analytical, molecular modeling, inorganic and physical. To enable the success of students from a wide variety of backgrounds, each lecture is supplemented with a series of directed self-learning topics to allow you to learn at your own pace and ensure understanding. The final assessment for this module requires you to work as part of a team to find the culprit of a simulated environmental disaster, developing your transferable key skills as you do.

Course info

UCAS Code Y002

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year Full Time followed by a further 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Applied Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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