AP0527 - Physical Chemistry

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about molecular forces, the laws of thermodynamics and how they influence the chemical world around us. You will be introduced to the theory of kinetics and applications from acid/base catalysis through to the cycles in play for the destruction of the ozone layer in our atmosphere. You will learn the theory behind the practical spectroscopic techniques you apply in the laboratory and an introduction to theoretical chemistry techniques. You will use your knowledge to carry out a series of practical experiments designed to illustrate the concepts you learn in the lectures.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, workshops, laboratory exercises and independent learning. The lectures will cover theories and concepts that will enable you to tackle a series of guided exercises. You will work on these during workshops and hands-on sessions in Northumbria’s computer labs, which are fully equipped with the latest industry-standard software. You will complete laboratory exercises in our excellent teaching laboratory facilities and submit your work through guided assessments through the eLP.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

We will guide you through exercises during the timetabled sessions. The University’s eLearning Portal offers remote access to materials and aids for reinforcing your learning. Support will include feedback from tutors during small-group seminars and tutorials. You will receive instant feedback and suggestions to assessments posted through the eLP with tutors providing office hour surgeries should you need further guidance and support.

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 be expected to be able to recall, describe and illustrate the concepts of intermolecular interactions and rates of reaction. You will be able to apply the concepts learned to a set of practical experiments in the laboratory to demonstrate your understanding and proficiency in solving real problems in the topics covered.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2.You will be expected to solve challenging qualitative and quantitative problem solving exercises at both theoretical and practical (laboratory)You will demonstrate enhanced skills in data acquisition and analysis, and reporting and time-management skills through the planning and completion of challenging laboratory experiments.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
3.You will develop and reinforce the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate as you reflect on problems and challenge conventional solutions, and show innovation in applying concepts and theories to case studies

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Final Examination (60% MLO 1, 3) that brings together all your new skills and techniques.
Component 2: Continuous assessment of task-based (laboratory) exercises.(40% MLO 2,3 ) within the main delivery of the module.
On an on-going basis your tutors will give feedback on the exercises you submit through the eLP and you will record and track your progress through a workbook that accompanies the laboratory component of the module.
Formative exercises will be included within the lecture sessions and centre on group activities of practising and reviewing exam style questions in advance of the summative end examination





Module abstract

This module will give you an essential grounding in concepts and applications of physical chemistry to solve practical examples of physical concepts. You will apply your numeracy skills to the concepts taught and illustrate your understanding by executing practical experiments that match with the course content.
Employers are looking for skilled chemists who can apply their analytical skills and knowledge to problems encountered in all aspects of chemical processes.
During 'Physical Chemistry' you will work through a series of exercises, making use of Northumbria’s state-of-the-art research teaching labs. You will apply the knowledge gained during lectures to a series of experiments you will conduct as part of your research-rich learning. The main element in assessment (60%) will be a final examination that will bring together all your new skills and techniques

Course info

UCAS Code F110

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time 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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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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