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Module

CHY1200 : General Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Eimer Tuite
  • Lecturer: Dr Elizabeth Gibson, Dr Fabio Cucinotta
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

Physical chemistry is the study of the fundamental physical laws that underpin the behaviour of molecular systems. It has wide application throughout science. This module reviews the foundations of physical chemistry, including principles of chemical composition, chemical change and chemical equilibria. These concepts will be illustrated with examples from environmental chemistry, food chemistry, and chemical analysis. A blended learning approach will be taken to ensure that students fully understand the applications of each element of the taught material.

Outline Of Syllabus

Each week will comprise of workshops, focusing on taught material and calculations, covering the following topics:

Units and Dimensions
Concentration
Absorption Spectroscopy
Stoichiometry and Yield Density
Thermochemistry
Ideal Gas Law
Colligative Properties
Simple Equilibria
Solubility Product
Acids and Bases
pKa and Buffers
Conductivity and Conductance
Basic Electrochemistry

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials360:3018:00Online Lectures covering integrated taught material and calculations via Canvas
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation for calculation assessments
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities182:0036:00Online calculation classes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops90:304:30Introduction to the module and calculation classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study121:3021:30Independent Study
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Classes will comprise elements of taught theoretical material and calculations based on that material. Students will be led through exemplary calculations to explain the methodology for problem solving, and then will be provided with unseen calculations to complete with assistance in class. These classes provide the platform knowledge required to complete independent online calculations for summative assessment in order to fulfil the learning outcomes.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M100Online calculation assessments (8 pieces)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The online assessments will assess the level of knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the module, including knowledge, understanding, and all aspects of the module.

** Students studying from abroad may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. These students should contact the school to discuss this **

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